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The most frequently asked questions in our diabetes classes have to do with drinking sodas. This usually occurs when we are talking about carbohydrate counting. The comments made usually revolves around artificial sweeteners and cancer or that using artificial sweeteners makes you crave more sugar. The first one seems to be based on a study done in rats years ago. This study showed that if a rat consumed the equivalent of 75 cans of diet soda a day there was a slight increased risk of cancer. I don't think I have met anyone who drinks even 12 cans a day much less 75. The second one gets more attention but if you use some logic you'll see that even if it is true, drinking a zero calorie drink that makes you crave another zero calorie drink is better than drinking a 160 calorie drink that makes you crave another 160 calorie drink.

Still, there are many patients, educators and medical professionals who believe that using artificially sweetened drinks will worsen diabetes. For those of you who feel that way we have been in touch with Sylvia Melendez Klinger, MS, RDN, LDN, CPT, and scientific advisor to the Calorie Control Council, and she has provided us with her organization's information on the recent SALSA study that is being touted.

CrossFit and other extreme fitness programs are all the rage today, and many younger type 1 patients believe they should be participating. But are these types of programs good in the long term for these patients? We turned to our physical fitness expert, Dr. Sheri Colberg, to find out if CrossFit, and insulin bodybuilding are beneficial for patients.

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Announcements:

dLifeTV.com: Sunday, March 22, 7PM ET

From dLife.com: "dLife looks at how diabetes disproportionately affects African-American, Native American, and Latino populations in America. Plus, low-carb home cooking in the dLife kitchen, and a visit to the Essence Music Fesitval." Sundays live online at dLifeTV.com at 7 PM ET, 6 PM CT, and 4 PM PT. Keep up on the latest dLife news at dLifeTV.com.

TCOYD Health Fair Conference, Austin Convention Center, Austin, Texas, Saturday, March 28, 2015

With a day packed full of education, motivational tools, one-on-one sessions, and workshops, the TCOYD health fair is a great way to get your patients to take better care of their health and themselves. TCOYD.com


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Tool for your Practice

 

Diabetes, Pre-diabetes, and Metabolic Syndrome have become a global epidemic. Some estimates indicate that over 1 billion people may be on their way to type 2 diabetes. We need to create a solution. You already know that there are strategies that your patients and clients can follow that could save them from becoming diabetic or help them to properly manage the condition. This was the motivation behind The Diabetes World Summit 2015, an online conference devoted to prevention and proper management and diabetes and pre-diabetes. During this free, online event, you, your patients and/or clients will hear from over 40 experts in the fields of medicine, dietetics, fitness, nutrition, pharmacy, scientific research, and lifestyle coaching. The Diabetes World Summit will air between March 23-30, 2015. It's 8 Life-Changing days with over 40 amazing presentations. All you need to do to register is visit thediabetessummit.com.

Note: Our very own Advisory Board member, Dr. Richard K. Bernstein, will be speaking on Thursday, March 26.
 




Product of the Week

 

Americans spend over $60 billion a year on diet and weight loss products but the weight often comes right back. That may be because it's such a hassle to count calories. Now General Electric scientist Matt Webster has developed a calorie counter device which uses microwaves and scales to measure food. It's simply placed over the plate of food and it shows how much energy is in the contents. "We have the weight of the food and the proportion that's water and the proportion that's fat, and from that information, we can estimate calories," Webster says.

 

 

Sheri Colberg, PhD - Should You Follow the Latest Training Trends?

For Your Patients...

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With all the exercise training fads out there, it can be hard to navigate the landscape with diabetes. I am frequently asked about the latest training techniques or gym trends, so I want to address a couple of those specifically (CrossFit training and insulin bodybuilding) with regard to whether they're appropriate and/or advisable for people with diabetes to engage in.

CrossFit:

A concerned young man with type 1 diabetes contacted me to ask whether it's safe for him to do CrossFit training, which is a strength and conditioning program consisting mainly of a mix of aerobic exercise, gymnastics (body weight exercises), and Olympic weight lifting. Its programming is decentralized, but its general methodology is used by thousands of private affiliated gyms. CrossFit, Inc., licenses the CrossFit name to gyms for an annual fee and certifies trainers, but the actual programs vary tremendously from site to site...Full article

 

Test Your Knowledge Question #773

Which of the following is the correct diagnostic cut-point for diabetes?

a. A1C ≥ 7%

b. Fasting plasma glucose (FPG) ≥ 130 mg/dL

c. 2-hour plasma glucose ≥ 200 mg/dL during an oral glucose tolerance test

d. Random plasma glucose ≥ 300mg/dL in a patient with classis symptoms of hyperglycemia or hyperglycemic crisis

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Quote of the Week!

"If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it."
          ...Margaret Fuller
 

 

Diabetes in Control gratefully acknowledges the assistance of the following  pharmacy doctoral candidates in the preparation of this week's newsletter: 

Ryan Balestreri, LECOM College of Pharmacy

Trisha Le, LECOM College of Pharmacy

 


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