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November 2013

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The old adage is true that every journey begins with a single “resistance training to build up muscle mass is especially step. On the road to improving your health, small lifestyle important for someone with pre-diabetes.” changes can lead to dramatic results, especially for people at Step 2: Eat More Vegetables, Beans, Nuts, Whole Grains risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Adding more fiber and whole grains to your diet can reduce “It’s never too late to make lifestyle changes and reduce your your risk of progressing from pre-diabetes to Type 2 diabetes. risk of developing Type 2 diabetes,” says Dr. Valerie Espinosa, When shopping for breads, pasta products, and cereals, look an endocrinologist with Texas Diabetes and Endocrinology. for the words “whole grain” on the label. Aim for making at Diabetes comes in two forms: Type 1, which mainly affects least half of the grains you eat whole grains. children and is not currently preventable, and Type 2, which Step 3: Lose a Few Pounds is usually diagnosed later in life and is often preventable. Most Small weight loss goals can have remarkable results in people who develop Type 2 diabetes go through a phase called lowering blood glucose levels in people with pre-diabetes. pre-diabetes in which their blood sugar is slightly elevated. But A weight loss of five to seven percent in someone who is some simple steps can help people with pre-diabetes avoid the overweight can significantly improve their health. progression to Type 2 diabetes. “Someone who is 200-pounds and overweight can set a goal Step 1: Get More Physical Activity to lose 10 pounds,” says Dr. Espinosa. Exercise can help people to lose weight, lower blood sugar, and Step 4: Make Healthier Choices boost the body’s sensitivity to insulin, Eliminate the temptation to eat foods that you know will which helps the body regulate sugar. raise your blood sugar level, like cookies, potato chips, and “While aerobic exercise is sugary drinks, by making healthier choices in the grocery store. important for overall good “If you don’t have potato chips at home, you won’t be tempted health,” says Dr. Espinosa, to eat them,” says Dr. Espinosa. According to the American Diabetes Association’s 2011 statistics, a whopping 79 million adults have pre-diabetes. Small, healthy steps can help keep people with prediabetes from joining the 25.8 million adults in the United States who have full-blown Type 2 diabetes. Both pre-diabetes and diabetes can be diagnosed with a simple blood test.

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BOOK DRIVE Thankful for Books Book Drive: Friday November 8, 2013 10am-12pm At the Villages of Shady Hollow Amenity Center 12006 Gatling Gun Please bring your gently used or new books to be given to underprivileged children through Junior League of Austin and BookSpring: We'll have Thanksgiving crafts and some good ol' fashioned comfort food and an outdoor playground if kids need to burn some fall energy. Open to all preschool kids. Prize for the most books donated. Please rsvp number attending to No Later Than Tues Nov. 8.

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Save Some ‘Green’ with Frozen, Canned Veggies Don’t overlook frozen or canned fruits and vegetables as healthy and less expensive alternatives to the fresh versions, said an expert at Baylor College of Medicine. “You might be surprised to know that frozen or canned options are just as nutritious as or sometimes even more nutritious than fresh fruits and vegetables,” said Molly Gee, a registered dietitian at BCM. Companies that make frozen or canned fruits and vegetables must pack the items at their peak, said Gee. While some vitamins and minerals are lost in the fresh foods due

to the time it takes to get them from the field to the plate, these vitamins and minerals are present in the canned or frozen versions. However, she warns that it’s still important to read the labels on canned or frozen items to be sure that they are preserved in their own natural juices and that no sugar is added. Frozen meals can also be a good option for saving some money and maintaining a healthy weight, said Gee, but make sure only 30 percent of the calories are from fat and consider low-sodium options.

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You’ve been looking forward to Thanksgiving dinner all year — turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. Mmm-mmm! But after you finish that second helping of turkey with gravy, you start to feel a little sleepy. As your Uncle George starts to explain why eating turkey makes people so tired, you suddenly feel like curling up in front of the TV and napping until next Thanksgiving. But is gobbling up all that turkey really to blame? THE USUAL SUSPECT: L-TRYPTOPHAN Not exactly. Here’s why: Turkey meat contains a lot of an amino acid called L-tryptophan (say: eltrip-teh-fan). Amino acids are the “building blocks” for the proteins that make up our muscles and other important parts of our bodies. (L-tryptophan is just one kind of amino acid — there are many different kinds of amino acids in the foods we eat.) When we eat foods that contain L-tryptophan, this amino acid travels in the blood from the digestive system and later enters the brain. The brain then changes the L-tryptophan into another chemical called serotonin (say: sare-uh-toh-nin). Serotonin calms us down and helps us sleep. But scientists now know that L-tryptophan can really only make a person tired right away if it is eaten or taken by itself without any amino acids. And the protein in turkey contains plenty of other amino acids!


Most scientists think that there’s a different reason why eating a special meal might make you drowsy. Eating a big Thanksgiving dinner causes increased blood flow to the stomach (needed to help digest the meal) and less blood flow to the brain. AVOIDING DROWSINESS So just how do you avoid that sleepy feeling on Turkey Day? • Eat small, healthy meals (try to limit junk foods) throughout the day before you sit down for your big meal — don't starve yourself in anticipation of the feast to come. • Have small portions of foods that are part of your Thanksgiving meal (including whatever veggies are on the table). • Drink water and take breaks while you are eating to see how full you've become. • Stop eating once you're full — there will always be leftovers tomorrow. • Finally, take a walk outside afterward to digest your meal. This will make you feel better than crashing on the couch. Follow these tips and have a Happy Thanksgiving — gobble, gobble! REVIEWED BY: Steven Dowshen, MD DATE REVIEWED: August 2009

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