Dr. Gourmet Newsletter: September 14, 2009

Dr. Tim Says....

Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.Over the years there have been a number of different strategies for diabetic diets. For a long time diabetics were taught to use exchange lists. That method worked well but was cumbersome for a lot of folks. More recently the training has focused on counting carbohydrates at each meal or snack. For diabetics who take insulin being careful with regulating when and what they eat is key and counting carbs works well for them.

The majority of diabetics, however, have Type 2 diabetes and don't take insulin. For these folks I have long felt that simply following a healthy diet is the best choice.

In one of the lectures that I give medical students on nutrition I cite multiple studies showing that diet can have as powerful an effect on controlling cholesterol as medications. We know that a Mediterranean style diet can help folks lose weight, prevent high blood pressure and avoid diabetes. But, can it also treat diabetes? A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine says yes. A resounding yes! The Mediterranean Diet IS a Diabetic Diet!

Featured Recipe

Pork Chops with Mango Chutney and Curried Corn

Curry PowderMango chutney is available in almost every grocery store and gives a sweet and spicy flavor to your recipes. One of my favorites is made by the Pickapeppa company. I have always loved their namesake sauce, but they now make a Gingery Mango Sauce that's fantastic and is perfect for this recipe.

This recipe is gluten-free and safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users. Those who have GERD / Acid Reflux and those who are lactose-intolerant should avoid it.

A Healthy Pregnancy
with Faith Bontrager, RN, BSN

Faith Bontrager, RN, BSNBrowse any health website or magazine and you are likely to see something about vitamin D. Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin that is essential for the absorption of calcium and for bone health. It is also important for cell health, the immune system and neuromuscular function. Recent studies have indicated that adequate levels of vitamin D may reduce the risk of other diseases including cancers, rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes, immune disorders, and other health conditions. Vitamin D is essential in cell growth, strengthens bones, and is important to the immune system. Vitamin D Supplements in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

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