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March 2010


Complementary Corner
Stress and Diabetes - Part 2

Quinoa Salsa Salad

Find an Answer
- What is Diabetic Ketoacidosis?
- Testing devices that don't require a needle prick?
- Does using coconut oil help diabetes?


Dear Diabetes Action Supporter,

Thank you to everyone who attended our Diabetes University this month. If you were unable to attend, we now have videos of the presentations available on our website. The topics from this year's program include stress reduction, gluten sensitivity, and nutritional deficiencies following gastric bypass surgery. We also have many other interesting topics to view. I hope the videos are helpful and you learn some new ways to manage your diabetes. View the videos here.

Pat DeVoe, RN, BSN

Complementary Corner

Stress and Diabetes - Part 2

Ryan Bradley, ND

As mentioned in last month’s article, there are two goals for stress reduction: reduction of stressors and improvement of our response. A critical first step is the internal evaluation of which stressors are real versus perceived? Which stressors do you have control over now vs. which to accept for now? What resources do you have available- personal and in the community- to help? What obstacles to you need to overcome- or reduce- the stressors in your life? After this critical internal appraisal, experimenting with stress reduction techniques that fit into your lifestyle, philosophy and fitness level (in the case of movement therapies) adds an additional resource to your stress reduction toolbox!

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Diabetes Action is sending $1.5 million of needed diabetes supplies, insulin syringes, wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, prosthetics, and other hospital supplies desperately needed by the Hope Hospital (Hospital Espoir) in Port-au-Prince.

Please support our efforts by making a donation to Diabetes Action today.

Know that your donation will be used efficiently - 95 cents of each dollar is spent directly on research and programs. Diabetes Action also meets the extensive standards of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance's Standards for Charity Accountability and has been awarded an "A" rating by the American Institute of Philanthropy.

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Quinoa Salsa Salad  


This nutritious and easy to make salad is delicious as a side dish or main course!

Combine together in a mixing bowl:

2 cups cooked quinoa* ( 2 cups boiling water with 1 cup quinoa - simmered 15 min)
1/2 cup frozen or fresh green peas
4 scallions, chopped
1 cup cooked kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup frozen or fresh sweet corn
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
1/4 cup salsa

Cover and let chill in the refrigerator for at least one hour.

*If you can't find quinoa, substitute whole grain couscous or rice instead.

Makes 4 Servings
Per Serving:

268 calories
52 g carbohydrate
11 g protein
2 g fat
7 g fiber

 View the recipe

Join the Diabetes Action Team!

Registration is now open for our 2010 Diabetes Action Team. Be part of the team for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Marine Corps Marathon, or any event that you choose. Last year, 222 team members raised over $150,000 for diabetes research. Join us today for the unforgettable experience of completing a marathon and the incredible satisfaction of knowing that you did it to help conquer diabetes. 

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Find an AnswerFind an Answer

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

Q: What is DKA? My son has type 1 and his doctor says that this is causing him to vomit and feel nauseous.
A:His doctor is referring to diabetic ketoacidodsis, or DKA. This is when ketones "take over" to the point where a person can become unconscious and even die if left unchecked. In this state, there is not enough insulin on board to get the glucose into the cells. The body perceives a form of starvation mode, and starts to break down fat at a rapid rate, resulting in the high levels of ketones, a byproduct of rapid fat breakdown. I'm assuming your physician has adjusted his insulin protocol to better cover his sugar levels. It's tough with teenagers as you well know, given the types of foods peers eat. Eating healthfully remains the goal and a challenge.

Q: Are there any devices to test blood sugar that do not require the traditional needle and test strip?
A: Yes, there are, but by prescription. The GlucoWatch has been in the making/perfecting stage for years, and still requires some traditional backup finger sticking due to some detected inaccuracies. Worn like a watch, it can give an idea of 24/7 fluctuations in blood sugar. The MiniMed continuous glucose monitoring system is worn under the abdominal skin, recording glucose levels for 3 days. The results must be downloaded by your physician. This is a good tool for fine tuning your protocols. The Lasette is a $1000 device that can draw blood with a laser prick, so it is less painful. There are devices for alternative site testing, giving the fingers a break. You can Google any of these mentioned to see if any fit your situation.

Q: Does using coconut oil help diabetes?
A: Coconut oil is a "good" fat, not the "bad" fat it is often depicted as.It appears saturated because it is solid at room temperature, but it does melt fairly easily. It has a supportive effect on the liver, and metabolizes a bit differently than butter. However, all fat, regardless of whether saturated, unsaturated, or monounsaturated is 135 calories per tablespoon so should be used sparingly when watching one's weight and/or blood sugar numbers.

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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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