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April 2010


Complementary Corner
Stress and Diabetes - Part 3

Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Find an Answer
- Where else can I test my sugar besides my sore fingers?
- Does whey protein interfere with insulin?
- What can I do to bring down an A1c of 11?


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Complementary Corner

Stress and Diabetes - Part 3

Ryan Bradley, ND

Stress, and our response to it, has profound effects on our both our physical and mental health. When it feels like stress is taking over our lives, it does by negatively impacting our health, raising blood sugar and blood pressure among other things. However, we can also learn to use this link to our advantage learning to use the mind to improve the physical functioning of the body! In this month’s review, I discuss the ways in which we can use the mind-body connection to improve blood pressure.

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strawberryDark Chocolate Covered Strawberries

A scrumptious dessert! Use dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate to reduce the amount of sugar in the recipe and gain many health benefits.


1 pound of fresh strawberries
8 ounces of dark chocolate


Melt chocolate in a double boiler over low heat. (if you don't have a double boiler, a crock pot works well). Hold strawberries by the stem and dip them into the chocolate. Place on wax paper to cool. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Makes approximately 12 strawberries (depending on size of berries)
Per 1/12 of the recipe*:108 calories

1 g protein
6 g fat
14 g carbohydrate
2 g fiber

* note - These dietary values assume that all 8 ounces of chocolate are used. The values will be less if you coat each strawberry with less chocolate. To further reduce the amount of carbohydrate, buy dark chocolate with as little sugar as possible.

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Find an AnswerFind an Answer

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

Q: My fingers are sore. Is there any other place on my body I can use to check my sugar?
A: Forearms are the next place you may be able to go. However, you may want to discuss this with both your meter company and your physician to see what the difference may be between finger/forearm. I trust you are testing the sides of your finger pads, and not directly on them.

Q: My husband is taking a whey protein supplement in the mornings because he doesn't eat enough protein at breakfast time. His glucose levels have been pretty high about 2-3 hours later. Does whey protein interfere with Humulin N?
A: Look at the carb content of the whey protein, as I'm assuming it is flavored. Include the carb content of milk, if that is what he is mixing it in. The whey protein doesn't interfere with insulin per se, but the entire drink may not have enough coverage of insulin. Protein is converted into glucose at about 60% 2-3 hours after eating. He is better off with a drink that is balanced with carbs, protein, fat if he is not eating food and using this drink as a meal replacement. Eating a piece of high fiber toast along with the drink may slow down the rate of absorption. Of course, eating a morning meal that includes such foods as eggs, for those who eat them, should have less of an impact on sugar levels.

Q: It has been just a few weeks since my diagnosis of type 2 Diabetes and I am a bit freaked out because I've yet to see anybody mention their A1c being anywhere in the same ball park as mine, which is 11. Am I in huge trouble or what?
A:  That is very high and needs to come down somewhat gradually so as not to experience feelings of low blood sugars. Taking charge of your food and lifestyle is the path to stay on. Insulin at this time may help to detoxify your beta cells, giving your pancreas a rest while you move into a more normal range. Be patient with yourself, but diligent. You didn't develop diabetes over night; you may have been pre-diabetic for some time. The closer you get to more normal weight, the better your chances for better control with less medication.

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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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