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August 2018

Zucchini Lasagna – TypeFree Diabetes

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Zucchini Lasagna

Baking Time: 30-40 minutes
Number of Servings: 6


1/2 pound   cooked
lasagna noodles, (in unsalted water)
3/4 cup   mozzarella cheese, part-skim, grated
1 1/2 cup cottage cheese, fat free
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1 1/2 cup zucchini, raw, sliced
2 1/2 cup tomato sauce, no salt added
2 tsp basil, dried
2 tsp oregano,
1/4 cup onion, chopped
1 clove garlic
1/8 tsp black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350¡ F. Lightly spray a 9 x 13
    inch baking dish with vegetable oil spray.
  2. In a small bowl, combine 1/8 cup mozzarella and
    1 Tbsp parmesan cheese. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine remaining
    mozzarella and Parmesan cheese with all of
    cottage cheese. Mix well and set aside.
  4. Combine tomato sauce with remaining
    ingredients. Spread a thin layer of tomato sauce
    in the bottom of the baking dish. Add a third of
    the noodles in a single layer.
    Spread half of the
    cottage cheese mixture on top. Add a layer of
    zucchini. Repeat layering.
    Add a thin coating of
    sauce. Top with noodles, sauce, and reserved
    cheese mixture.
    Cover with aluminum foil.
  5. Bake 30 to 40 minutes. Cool for 10 to 15
    minutes. Cut into 6 portions.

Nutrition Facts

– Serving Size: 1 piece
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 276

Total Fat: 5 g

Saturated fat: 2 g

Cholesterol: 11 mg

Sodium: 380 mg

Source: National Heart,
Lung, and Blood Institute, a part of the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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Yogurt Salad Dressing – TypeFree Diabetes

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Yogurt Salad Dressing


  • 8 oz plain yogurt, nonfat
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise, nonfat
  • 2 Tbsp chives, dried
  • 2 Tbsp dill, dried
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice


  1. Mix all ingredients in bowl and refrigerate.

Yield: 8 servings–Serving Size: 2 Tbsp

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 23

Total fat: 0 g

Saturated fat: less than 0 g

Cholesterol: 1 mg

Sodium: 84 mg

SOURCE: National Heart, Lung, and Blood
Institute (part of the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services)

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Xagave Sweet Marinade – TypeFree Diabetes

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Xagave Sweet Marinade

Cooking Time: 
Number of Servings: 


1/2 cup soy sauce
3 tbsp Xagave
2 tbsp distilled white vinegar
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
3/4 cup vegetable oil
2 green onions chopped
1 tsp coarsely ground black pepper


1.  In a large bowl combine all ingredients.
2.  Place desired meat in the
3.  Marinade in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.

Nutrition Facts


Source: Xagave.com

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Diabetic Supplies Online | Diabetes Medical Supplies & Products – Blood Glucose Test Strips & Meters

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Wound Care Protocols

Wound Care Protocols

Diabetics are not only more susceptible to developing wounds, but those wounds often become infected unless they are treated immediately. Because of common Diabetes complications, such as increased blood sugar levels, nerve damage, and poor circulation, many wounds do not receive the blood, nutrients, and attention that they need in order to heal properly.

While Diabetics can develop serious wounds anywhere, they tend to develop serious wounds on the feet, especially, because of decreased sensitivity in the extremities. Even small wounds, such as blisters, can become huge complications if they go unnoticed and untreated. Early detection and treatment is critical in wound care in order to avoid infection and spreading of the wound.

What Makes Wounds Worse
¥ Poor blood circulation
¥ Dry skin
¥ Elevated blood sugar levels
¥ Bacteria and other dirt
¥ Not treating the wounds immediately
¥ Poor nutrition and lack of essential vitamins and minerals in the diet

If you have a wound or are concerned about getting an infection, there are some simple steps that you should take in order to avoid getting an infection. Those steps include:

¥ Avoid having dry skin that may crack or chap.
¥ Monitor your blood glucose level closely. Having high blood sugar will feed bacteria and other infections.
¥ Always check your footwear for sharp objects before putting on your shoes
¥ Check your feet daily for sores, blisters, and cuts.
¥ Treat cuts and wounds immediately with antibiotic soap, alcohol, and clean water
¥ Monitor wounds closely. If puss, unusual odors, or black skin develops in the area of the wound, contact your healthcare provider immediately.
¥ Pay close attention to your nutrition. Be sure to include plenty of vitamins and minerals in your diet.
¥ Maintain low blood sugar levels through medication, exercise and nutrition.
¥ Stretch and massage the area around the wound in order to improve circulation.
¥ Dress the wound appropriately. Ask your doctor for recommendations if the wound is deep or unusual.
¥ Drink plenty of water in order to hydrate your skin and tissue.

If you are concerned about an existing wound or are worried that you may develop a serious wound, contact your doctor immediately. Paying close attention to your body can help to avert serious complications that are associated with Diabetes.

First Ever Study Predicts Outcome For LimbThreatening Infections In Diabetes

Researchers from the University of Washington, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Merck Laboratories, and Mount Sinai School of Medicine have released a study suggesting that specific laboratory and clinical tests can predict outcome of antibiotic therapy for infections in persons with diabetes.

Read more at Medical News.

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Wild Mushroom Pate – TypeFree Diabetes

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Wild Mushroom Pate

Preparation Time: 2 hours

Number of Servings: 8

Cups of Fruits and Vegetables Per Person: 1


  • Cooking spray
  • 12 oz Shiitake, Portobello, or white mushrooms, coarsely chopped
  •  1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup shallots, chopped
  •  4 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup vegetable stock
  • 2 Tbsp fat free Parmesan cheese
  •  2 tsp lemon juice


  1. Spray skillet with cooking spray; heat skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add mushrooms, onion, garlic, and vegetable stock; cook, covered over medium heat
    until mushrooms are wilted, about 5 minutes.
  3. Cook until all vegetables are very tender and all liquid absorbed 8-10 minutes.
  4. Process mushroom mixture and cheese in food processor until smooth.
  5. Add lemon juice.
  6. Refrigerate 2-3 hours.
  7. Spoon pate into crock and serve with toasted bread slices or crackers.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/8 of recipe

Amount Per Serving

Calories 30

Calories from Fat 0 % Daily Value (DV)*

Total Fat 0g 0%

Saturated Fat 0g 0%

Cholesterol 0mg 0%

Sodium 50mg 2%

Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%

Dietary Fiber 1g 4%

Sugars 2g

Protein 1g

Vitamin A 4%

Vitamin C 4%

Calcium 2%

Iron 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Diabetic Exchange**

Fruit: 0

Vegetables: 1

Meat: 0

Milk: 0

Fat: 0

Carbs: 0

Other: 0

** Diabetic exchanges are calculated based on the American Diabetes Association
Exchange System. This site rounds exchanges up or down to equal whole numbers. Therefore,
partial exchanges are not included.

Source: 5 A Day for Better Health: cdc.gov

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Why is Nutrition Important? – TypeFree Diabetes

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Why is Nutrition Important?

Why is Nutrition Important?

Nutrition is all about what a person with diabetes eats. Nutrition and diet mean the same thing. A person with diabetes has 3 ways to control their blood sugar levels: Nutrition, physical activity and medication.  The combination of good nutrition and physical activity prevent pre-diabetes and Type 2 diabetes.

The Food Pyramids
Good nutrition for diabetes involves maintaining a well-balanced diabetic diet plan that includes whole grains, protein, dairy, vegetables, fruit and some unsaturated fats. Read more…

Core Principles of Diet and Nutrition
The core principles of proper Diabetes nutrition are centered on reducing blood sugar levels and increasing healthy vitamins and minerals in the diet. Diabetics, especially, should adhere to the principles of the Diabetes food pyramid in order to ensure that they have balanced Diabetes nutrition to keep their bodies healthy.  Read more…

Understanding Your Metabolism
Your metabolism includes the chemical and physiological processes that helps your body grow and function. These processes help your body break down and convert food to energy and cell building material. The metabolism of our food is what causes us to gain, maintain, or lose weight. Read more…

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What is Type 2 Diabetes?

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What is Type 2 Diabetes?

What is Diabetes Mellitus?

Diabetes mellitus
is regarded as a chronic condition wherein the person’s blood-glucose
levels become excessively high. The hormone called insulin is the
substance, which is accountable in regulating the level of glucose in
the blood. Insulin should be present in the blood to assist the passage
of glucose into the cells. The cells will use the glucose as “energy”
for physical movement, growth, and tissue repair. Maintaining the sugar
level within the normal range is important, because an excess amount of
glucose in the blood may harm the blood vessels of the body; and may
lead to kidney diseases, diabetic blindness, limb amputation,
cerebrovascular accident, and cardiovascular disease.

3 Common Types of Diabetes

  • Type
    1 diabetes is commonly seen in small children and young adults. People
    with type1 diabetes cannot generate insulin and should inject insulin
    every day.
  • Type
    2 diabetes is commonly seen in adults or people that are older than 45.
    However, this type of diabetes can also be acquired by younger people,
    especially in the present time where the incidence of childhood obesity
    continues to increase. Type 2 diabetics, are either lacking the hormone
    called insulin, or it can be that their body is resistant to insulin and
    unable to utilize it properly.
  • Gestational
    Diabetes develops during pregnancy: approximately, 2-4 % of all women
    who are pregnant have developed gestational diabetes. In cases where a
    woman developed this type of diabetes, she has 40 % chance of developing
    Type 2 diabetes in her later life.

stated by CDC, over 24 million individuals in America have acquired
diabetes mellitus in the year 2007, and out of this number,
approximately 6 million of these people are not aware of their
condition. They also state that approximately 1 million cases are newly
diagnosed each year. This condition can affect both men and women of
various age or ethnic groups.

Prevalence Rate of Diabetes

  • White Americans (6.6%)
  • African Americans (11.5%)
  • American Indians(16.5%)
  • Latinos (10.4%)
  • Asian Americans (7.5%)

show that Alaskan Natives and Pacific Islanders faces a higher risk of
acquiring this condition, compared to other race. This is due to many
factors, which may include but are not limited to: Genetics, diet, and
their lifestyle.


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What Causes High Blood Pressure – TypeFree Diabetes

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What Causes High Blood Pressure?

High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

What Causes High Blood Pressure?

Most diabetics do not know what causes high blood pressure. Diabetes is very closely linked to high blood pressure – a condition also known as hypertension. It is estimated that about 75% of adults that have diabetes also have high blood pressure and that a person with diabetes is about twice as likely to get high blood pressure than someone without diabetes.

High blood pressure occurs when arteries become filled with sticky deposits like cholesterol. Cholesterol build up in the arteries decreasing the passageway through which blood can flow. As the passage gets smaller, the heart has to pump harder to push blood through the smaller openings of the arteries, which increases blood pressure.

It may help to think of high blood pressure by thinking of your arteries as a garden hose. If the garden hose becomes filled with sticky dirt, it is more difficult for water to flow through the hose. The pressure ahead of the blockage within the hose increase. However, the pressure Past the blockage is a lot lower and so is the blow of water. So, in a human system the heart feels the pressure resistance, but the blood takes a long time to get to the feet  

As such, high blood pressure often leads to poor blood circulation, slow healing, and swelling. Additionally, when a person has high blood pressure, he or she is four times as likely to develop heart disease and has an increased chance of having a stroke. A stroke happens when a part of the brain does not get enough blood to feed and keep those cells alive.

Reading The Numbers

The most common way to get a blood pressure reading is through the use of a cuff or a canvas band that fits around an arm or a leg. The device measures systolic (si-stol-ik) and diastolic (dahy-uh-stol-ik) pressure by pumping air into the cuff until the cuff is snug around the arm or leg.

Systolic pressure is the pressure inside of the artery that builds every time the heart contracts to push blood through the arteries. The diastolic pressure is measured when the heart is resting (after each beat) and filling with blood. When your blood pressure is read, the systolic number is always on the top (the larger number) and the diastolic number is always on the bottom (the smaller number).

How Do I Know if I Have Hypertension?

According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) as of 2003:

Stages Of Blood Pressure Systolic (mm Hg) Diastolic (mm Hg)
Normal Less Than 120 Less than 80
Pre-Hypertension 120 to 139 80 to 89
Stage 1 Hypertension 140 to 159 90 to 99
Stage 2 Hypertension Greater than 160 Greater than 100


  • Blood Pressure Monitor

Hypertension is characterized by headaches, dizziness and blurred vision. Because these symptoms are also associated with other conditions, they can be hard to identify as symptoms of high blood pressure. Therefore, it is important to get a regular blood pressure check from your doctor.

Damage From High Blood Pressure (hypertension)
  • Kidney Damage – The very small arteries in the kidneys are damaged reducing the removal of waste and toxins from the blood. The waste begin to poison the blood, and the rest of the body. Finally, this leads to kidney failure and dialysis or kidney transplantation or death.
  • Heart Disease – Poor blood flow leads to overworking of the heart.  This leads to:
    • Chest pain (angina)
    • Irregular heart rhythm (arrythmia)
    • Heart Attack – Can’t catch your breath, and other symptoms.
  • Loss of Vision – Blurred vision begins, get worse, leads to blindness. Damage to small blood vessels and pressure inside the eyes.
  • Blood Vessel Damage – High blood sugar cause scaring in the lining of blood vessels, this leads to stiffening (arteriosclerosis) and blockage (atherosclerosis) of arteries. These damages bring about more damage such as:
    • Mini-strokes – Brief lapse of mental function.  This is an early warning that a major stroke is possible.
    • Major Stroke – Brain cell death and loss of mental and physical function.
    • Aneurysm – A bulge in a brain artery that burst causing life-threatening bleeding in the brain.
    • Dementia – Impaired thinking, speaking, reasoning, memory, vision, movement – Caused by stroke and blocked blood flow.
    • Mild Cognitive Impairment – Can’t think clearly.
  • Seizure in Pregnant Women  
  • Aortic Aneurysm – A weakening in the wall of the aortic artery that lead to a bulge and if untreated a burst and death.

The Type 1 diabetic must use enough insulin to take the right amount of sugar from the bloodstream to convert to energy, and cell building material. They must also be very focused on their nutrition and levels of exercise. 

Tips to Help Avoid Hypertension

Hypertension is a common condition amongst Diabetics. However, there are some lifestyle changes that you can make in order to reduce your chances of getting high blood pressure:

  • minimize salt consumption
  • find methods of reducing stress
  • stretch
  • exercise regularly
  • lose weight
  • avoid consuming large amounts of alcohol
  • don’t smoke
  • get regular blood pressure check-ups

If you think that you have hypertension, consult your physician immediately. Addressing hypertension early is the best way to avoid the health risks that are often associated with the condition.

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