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Antioxidant ALA Eases Pain From Diabetic Neuropathy

In a new study published in the November issue of the journal Diabetes Care, the antioxidant alpha-lipoic acid (or ALA), taken in pill form, lessened pain in people with diabetic neuropathy, or nerve damage resulting from diabetes. Previous research has shown that intravenous ALA therapy can help to reduce pain and numbness due to diabetic neuropathy, but treatment with ALA in pill form has not been widely studied. Read More “Antioxidant ALA Eases Pain From Diabetic Neuropathy”

Recipe of the Week: Creamy Pumpkin Pie

Need a last-minute dessert for Thanksgiving? Don’t stress: This easy, no-bake pumpkin pie requires little more than a mixing bowl and some refrigerator space to prepare. Relying on items such as canned pumpkin, pudding mix, and a store-bought graham cracker crust, the pie can be assembled in a flash—just leave enough time (at least 3 hours) for it to chill!

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What We’re Reading: Diabetes and Gum Disease

This week, we’d like to direct your attention to this post at http://blogs.healthcentral.com/diabetes about the connections between diabetes and gum disease. This blog entry is written by David Mendosa, a medical writer with Type 2 diabetes, and discusses a new study on the subject as well as David’s personal experiences controlling gum disease and diabetes.

Speaking of oral health (and health in general!), today is the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout. Click here for more information about smoking less, quitting for the day, or quitting for good. Read More “What We’re Reading: Diabetes and Gum Disease”

Recipe of the Week: Fresh Cranberry Relish

If you’ve only ever had cranberry sauce from a can, this no-cook combination of fresh oranges, apples, and cranberries will be a Thanksgiving revelation. Sweetened with sucralose (brand name Splenda), this relish weighs in at only one carbohydrate choice for a generous half-cup serving.

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Article of the Week: Avoiding Eye Complications

This article from the Diabetes Self-Management archives lays out prevention strategies and explains how blood glucose control, blood pressure control, and other steps can help a person with diabetes avoid eye complications.

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Joslin Launches Free Online Diabetes Videos

Just in time for American Diabetes Month, Joslin Diabetes Center has added a series of six free, short videos to its Web site. The series, entitled Staying Healthy with Diabetes, features expert physicians from Joslin Clinic and presents information about six important medical tests that people with diabetes should have done regularly to keep tabs on their health. These tests are the HbA1c test (or A1C test, which indicates blood glucose control over time), blood pressure test, eye exam, foot exam, kidney function test, and lipid profile (which includes cholesterol and triglycerides). Read More “Joslin Launches Free Online Diabetes Videos”

What We’re Reading: Nominate us for “Best Blog”!

This week, we’d like to direct your attention to this post at http://diabetesoc.blogspot.com about the 2nd Annual Diabetes O.C. Blog Choice Awards. The Diabetes O.C. (short for Online Community) is a Web site that serves as a gateway to the many other diabetes blogs on the Internet.

This month, The Diabetes O.C. is opening the floor for nominations for their “best blog” awards, and The Diabetes Self-Management Blog is eligible in the “Best Blog” and “Best Professional News Blog” categories! So if you like what you’ve been reading here over the past few months, please take a minute to click on the above link, then click on “Select your favorite blogs as nominees!” and choose Diabetes Self-Management from the choices listed. Nominations close on November 30.

And if you like reading diabetes blogs, don’t forget to visit The Diabetes O.C.’s directory, which arranges its member blogs into various categories, making it easy to find the kind of blog you are looking for. Read More “What We’re Reading: Nominate us for “Best Blog”!”

Proposed Trans Fat Ban and Calorie Listing Sparks Debate

The New York City Board of Health and Mental Hygiene has proposed plans to require the phasing out of heart-damaging, artificial trans fats in all of the city’s 24,000 restaurants, and also to require some of those restaurants to post calorie counts for their products on menus and menu boards. The proposals have excited supporters and detractors and triggered national debate. Read More “Proposed Trans Fat Ban and Calorie Listing Sparks Debate”

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