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8 Superfoods for Fighting Diabetes

Lots of foods can be healthy choices if you have diabetes or are concerned about getting it. But a few really pack a punch with vitamins, minerals, fiber, or healthy fats. Make room on your plate for these nutritional powerhouses. 1.      Avocados contain monounsaturated fat, which helps lower “bad” (LDL) cholesterol. That’s important, because diabetes nearly doubles the risk of having a […]

Cardiovascular Disease Screening

  You’ve probably heard that people with diabetes are at risk for multiple health complications, including cardiovascular disease. As it turns out, cardiovascular disease is especially common among people with diabetes: The majority of people with type 2 diabetes will eventually develop it. Although most people have heard of cardiovascular disease, few understand exactly what […]

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Tactics for Better Diabetes Care

Living with diabetes can be a challenge. Researchers are always looking for new ways to help people with the disease. Some strategies focus on new medicines or forms of insulin.

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Take a Walk to Cut Diabetes Risk

You can’t yet take a pill to prevent type 2 diabetes.  But you have the next best thing: exercise. And you don’t need to spend a lot of time at the gym. In fact, a recent study suggests just a 15-minute walk after every meal may help protect you against the disease.

Paula Enstrom

Getting the Most From Your Blood Sugar Meter

Hi, I’m Paula Enstrom, RN, and a diabetic educator at Sarah Bush Lincoln. Thank you for your interest in diabetes. I hope you find Sweet Talk engaging. I am always happy to answer your questions. Do you ever wonder why you test your blood sugar for your healthcare provider all the time when it feels […]


Herb Roasted Potatoes (Gluten-Free)

Ingredients 4 to 6 very small new potatoes, red or purple 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, minced (or 1 teaspoon dried) Directions Preheat oven to 450°F. Wash and cut potatoes in half or quarters, depending on size. Put oil on a 15-1/2-by-10-1/2-by-2-inch baking pan. Heat three minutes on the lowest oven rack. […]

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Pregnancy and the Glucose Test

It seems that the glucose screening visit is the least favorite visit for most of my pregnant patients. Women often start their prenatal care dreading the glucose screening appointment. Some have heard stories from their girlfriends about how the drink tastes awful, others have a friend who had a bad “reaction” to the sugar and […]