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Feburary 2010


Complementary Corner
Stress and Diabetes

Portabello Mushroom Fajitas

Find an Answer
- Is fenugreek a beneficial herb for diabetes?
- Can diabetes cause memory problems?
- Why do I have to be so careful about cuts and injuries?


Dear Diabetes Action Supporter,

Whether you are stressed about your health, your job, or paying for your child's college tuition, Dr. Bradley offers some guidance to living with stress so that your health does not suffer. Acknowledging the importance of reducing the ill effects of stress, this year's upcoming Diabetes University program will have a presentation on stress reduction techniques. If you live in the Washington, DC area, please register and join us on March 6. Otherwise, we you can view the presentations on our website beginning in April.

Pat DeVoe, RN, BSN

Complementary Corner

Stress and Diabetes 

Ryan Bradley, ND

We all have and need stress. Without stress few of us would meet deadlines, perform optimally in any activity, or even wake up in the morning! But too much stress also has many negative effects on our health. If you have diabetes, you will clearly notice a change in your blood sugar and often blood pressure during times of stress. Why does this happen? How else does stress affect us? This article will discuss the effect of stress on the body, and one simple technique to help you deal with stress.

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Vegetarian Fajitas with Portabello Mushrooms

Portabello mushrooms in this dish have a meaty texture and flavor and take the place of the usual beef or chicken found in fajitas.

Fajita filling. Slice the following into long, thin strips:

4 large Portabello mushroom caps
2 large onions
2 large green peppers
1 large red pepper

Combine in a shallow dish:

2 Tbsp white wine vinegar
2 tsp vegetable oil
2 Tbsp finely minced cilantro
1 Tbsp finely minced garlic
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp chili powder  

Add sliced vegetables to vinegar mixture and marinate for 15 - 30 minutes. Place vegetables in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat for 5 minutes or until vegetables are cooked but still slightly crisp. Drain any left-over liquid and place vegetables in a serving dish.

Roll vegetables inside a whole wheat tortilla with your choice of toppings:
Reduced fat cheddar cheese
Low fat sour cream or plain yogurt
Mashed avocado

Makes 6 fajitas
Per fajita (not including toppings):

225 calories
8 g protein
8 g fat
30 g carbohydrate

Recipe View the recipe

Diabetes University

Diabetes Action's annual Diabetes University© is a free informational program for the public that highlights alternative/complementary research and treatments for diabetes. Upcoming Event:

Saturday, March 6, 2010
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Montgomery College
Rockville, Maryland

 More information and register

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Three of the most recent questions and answers from the Ask Your Questions pages

Q:I am hearing lots of news lately on the benefits of the herb fenugreek (seeds, leaves, extracts) for diabetes. Is this true?
A:Some studies, primarily in India, have shown that fenugreek can help lower blood sugar. If you are on diabetes medications, you will want to introduce fenugreek slowly and monitor your blood sugar carefully. The goal would be to need less medication. There are no contra-indications nor health risks associated with fenugreek except for use in pregnancy. One can take up to 6 grams/day as internal dose. Most capsules have around 600 mg. Fenugreek can also be made as a tea. Fenugreek seeds are a good source of soluble fiber. When starting any new program, I say it is best to start with a low dose and build up.

Q: Why are people with diabetes supposed to be so careful about treating cuts and other injuries?
A: A person who has poorly controlled diabetes may find it takes longer to stop the bleeding or to heal the cut. This the same caution for any wound, especially on the feet, which is why people with diabetes are encouraged to check feet daily for even a small splinter. If you maintain good levels that have been established with your physician, then healing times should be similar to anyone else who is basically healthy.

Q: Ever since I developed diabetes, I am having problems remembering things. Can diabetes affect a person's memory?
A: Being well hydrated and eating a diet of unrefined foods is the first step to mental clarity. When glucose levels are elevated, the sugar in the bloodstream requires lots of fluid to leave through the urine. If you are not drinking enough water, then your body cells pay the price by "donating" their water. Eating too many carbs, especially refined ones, can make one sleepy and certainly increase glucose levels more quickly. Be sure to start your day with protein - eggs work well for egg eaters - and include in small amounts throughout day. Some baseline supplements like a multivitamin, B-complex and fish oil caps may provide some nutrients you are not getting enough of. There are many more things one can do when working with a nutritionally oriented practitioner, but this is the first place to start.

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Information on the "Ask Your Questions" pages should not be relied on for medical or technical advice. Always consult your healthcare team. Diabetes Action and Jane DeVane cannot be responsible for errors or wrongful use of the information available on this website. The information provided on this site is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her physician/medical team.



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