Diabetes and You

Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin.
While an estimated 17.9 million have been diagnosed with diabetes, unfortunately, 5.7 million people (or nearly one quarter) are unaware that they have diabetes.


The cause of diabetes continues to be a mystery, although both genetics and environmental factors such as obesity and lack of exercise appear to play roles.
Take the first steps toward better diabetes care by visiting the Diabetes Learning Center -- an area for people who have been recently diagnosed with diabetes, or those needing basic information.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Diabetic Chocolate and Vanilla Swirl Cookies

Chocolate and Vanilla Swirl Cookies

These are very fun cookies to make (and to look at!), but before you get started, a quick word:  you have to freeze the dough for 3 hours total.  Just a warning to help you plan better!

Servings: 60
Prep time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Cook time: 8 minutes
Total: 3 hours 38 minutes
Ingredients needed for this yummy diabetic delight :
  • ½ cup margarine, softened
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 6 tablespoons liquid egg substitute
  • 1 ½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ cup skim milk, warmed to room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • cooking spray
Your how to guide to making them:
  1. Cream margarine, sugar, vanilla, and egg substitute.
  2. Add flour, baking powder, and 3 tablespoons of the milk. Stir to thoroughly mix.
  3. Divide dough into 2 parts.
  4. Add cocoa to one part, stirring until well blended.
  5. Add vanilla extract to the other half.
  6. Chill both halves for at least 1 hour.
  7. Working on a floured surface, roll out each part to a rectangle about 3 inches wide and 18 inches long. Place chocolate part on top of white part, pressing together tightly with a rolling pin.
  8. Brush the chocolate dough with remaining tablespoon of milk. Roll up like a jelly roll to make a log about 1 1/2 inches in diameter.
  9. Wrap in waxed paper and chill until firm, about 2 hours.
  10. When you're getting ready to bake these:  Preheat oven to 375°F.
  11. Slice cookies 1/8 inch thick. Place on a no-nstick cookie sheet that has been lightly coated with cooking spray.
  12. Bake for 8 minutes, until lightly browned. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Create Your Own Diabetes Fundraiser

Be the Hero! Become a Diabetes Diplomat

  • "How can I help?" We hear that question all the time. We have the answer. Become a Diabetes Diplomat. Be the Hero!Diabetes Diplomats are all ages, from all over the world. How can you become one? By raising money to help the Diabetes Research Institute cure diabetes. Do something you enjoy. Ask your family, friends and neighbors to join you. You might be surprised how willing they are to help -- if you just ask!
    You can make it big, like organizing a walk-a-thon in your school or community. Or, keep it small: participate in a run or walk -- and ask people to sponsor you.
    Keep it personal, like a letter-writing campaign explaining how diabetes has touched your life.
    If you're good at making things, sell them! (The "bake sale" is an old favorite.)
    Organize a dance, or concert with local bands.
    Put cannisters in stores in your neighborhood.
    Use your imagination!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Help Empower Kids So They Don't Feel Alone

"My daughter came home from Diabetes Camp more confident with her ability to handle her diabetes. Being able to see others experiencing the same challenges gave her a sense of not being alone in the world."~ A grateful mom

Dear Friend,
I know you understand how difficult it is to live with diabetes. It's particularly hard on children who often feel like they can't just "be a normal kid." They can feel so alone.These are precisely the kinds of issues and challenges our summer Diabetes Camps for children tackle — head on.Please donate now to Stop Diabetes …for our kids and for our future!Our specially designed Diabetes Camps are run by trained staff and medical professionals. They're dedicated to giving kids with diabetes a FUN and SAFE summer camp experience. Plus … Mom and Dad don't have to worry. Parents can feel safe knowing their child is being cared for by experienced diabetes health care professionals.Surrounded by other children with diabetes, campers quickly learn that they are not alone. They have fun. Hang out. Make friends. Go on adventures. And most importantly — they get a chance to just be kids.Going to camp is a dream come true for many of our campers.Our goal is to make a fun, safe camp experience available to all kids with diabetes. A camp where they are surrounded by knowledgeable people who truly understand.We also believe that kids should be able to attend, regardless of their family's ability to pay. That's why every camper's fee is subsidized by at least 50%. And why last year alone we awarded more than $362,000 in "camperships."

Diabetes Camp is truly an empowering experience!

So for our kids and for our future … please donate now. »
Friend, life-changing Diabetes Camps are just one of the many ways your generous support helps us provide important services to children and adults with diabetes that help them live life to the fullest.
Please make a life-changing donation today. »
Your gifts help us make life better for millions of people with diabetesby funding education programs, advocacy, prevention and research.
Believe me, your support truly does change lives!Thank you again for investing in our life-saving work — for our kids and for our future. Together we will STOP DIABETES.With heartfelt thanks,Larry HausnerChief Executive OfficerAmerican Diabetes AssociationP.S. Your donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. Thank you for your continued support. Please visit diabetes.org to see your gifts at work.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Diabetic Grilled Tuna Steaks

Diabetic Recipes - Diabetic Grilled Tuna Steaks
dry vermouth 2 Tbsp ---
olive oil 1 Tbsp ---
chopped green onions 2 ea ---
minced, fresh basil 2 Tbsp ---
garlic clove, minced 1 ea ---
chopped fresh marjoram or 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram 2 Tbsp ---
crushed red pepper flakes 1/4 tsp ---
tuna or halibut steaks ( 1 pound total) 3/4 to 1 inch thick, thawedif frozen 4 ea ---
lemon or lime, cut into wedges 1 ea ---
Nutrition InformationAmount per serving
Calories From Fat68
Total Fat8g
Saturated Fat2g
Cholestrol42 mg
Sodium149 mg
Total Carbohydrate1 g
Dietary Fiber0 g
Sugars1 g
Protein26 g
Preparation Instructions
Prepare the charcoal grill or preheat the broiler and prepare thebroiler pan with nonstick pan spray. Combine the marinade ingredients and pour over the fish. Cover and refrigerate 1 to 2 hours.Grill, covered, over medium coals, or broil 6 inches from the heat source about 4 minutes per side, or unitl the fish is firm and opaque, basting twice with the marinade. Do not overcook, or the fish will be tough and dry. Serve with lemon wedges.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Diabetic Recipe

Chicken and Asparagus Stir-Fry

1 cup uncooked rice
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut
into 1/2-inch-wide strips
2 medium red bell peppers, cut into thin strips
1/2 pound fresh asparagus,* cut diagonally into
1-inch pieces
1/2 cup bottled stir-fry sauce

Cook rice according to package directions. Keep hot.

Heat oil in wok or large skillet over medium-high heat until
hot. Stir-fry chicken 3 to 4 minutes or until chicken is no
longer pink in center.

Stir in bell peppers and asparagus; reduce heat to medium.
Cover and cook 2 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender,
stirring once or twice. Stir in sauce. Serve immediately with rice.

*For stir-frying, select thin stalks of asparagus and cut them
on the diagonal--they will cook more quickly.

Nutrients per Serving:
Calories 416
% calories from fat 22%
Total Fat 11 g
Sat. Fat 2 g
Protein 31 g
Carbohydrates 48 g
Cholesterol 69 mg
Sodium 1128 mg
Dietary Fiber 2 g

Dietary exchanges:
2-1/2 Starch
3 Meat
2 Vegetable

Makes 4 servings

Friday, January 2, 2009

About Diabetes

Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. The cause of diabetes continues to be a mystery, although both genetics and environmental factors such as obesity and lack of exercise appear to play roles.
There are 23.6 million children and adults in the United States, or 7.8% of the population, who have diabetes. While an estimated 17.9 million have been diagnosed with diabetes, unfortunately, 5.7 million people (or nearly one quarter) are unaware that they have the disease.
In order to determine whether or not a patient has pre-diabetes or diabetes, health care providers conduct a Fasting Plasma Glucose Test (FPG) or an Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (OGTT). Either test can be used to diagnose pre-diabetes or diabetes. The American Diabetes Association recommends the FPG because it is easier, faster, and less expensive to perform.
With the FPG test, a fasting blood glucose level between 100 and 125 mg/dl signals pre-diabetes. A person with a fasting blood glucose level of 126 mg/dl or higher has diabetes.
In the OGTT test, a person's blood glucose level is measured after a fast and two hours after drinking a glucose-rich beverage. If the two-hour blood glucose level is between 140 and 199 mg/dl, the person tested has pre-diabetes. If the two-hour blood glucose level is at 200 mg/dl or higher, the person tested has diabetes.