For families stuck on how to deal with diabetes
Which came first? The chicken, the egg, or the bad reputation?? Years ago we heard we shouldn’t eat cranberries (anyone old enough to remember that?). Then that was debunked and cranberries were OK, much to the relief of a number of Oregonians. Or it was tuna. Or caffeine. Are the messages we are getting scrambled? If you’re missing those sunny-sideups in the morning here is some good news! Common misconceptions keep many people, especially those worried about heart disease, from eating eggs. The July 2009 issue of the Harvard (Medical School) Heart Letter whipped up some dietary facts and myths about the egg. Fact: Eggs are a good source of nutrients. One egg contains 6 grams of protein and some healthful unsaturated fats. Eggs are also a good source of choline, which has been linked with preserving memory, and lutein and zeaxanthin, which may protect against vision loss. Fact: Eggs have a lot of cholesterol. The average large egg contains 212 milligrams of cholesterol. As foods go, that’s quite a bit, rivaled only by single servings of liver, shrimp, and duck meat. Myth: All that cholesterol goes straight to your bloodstream and then into your arteries. Not so. For most people, only a small amount of the cholesterol in food passes into the blood. Saturated and trans fats have much bigger effects on blood cholesterol levels. The reputation of eggs has largely been restored because studies have found that dietary cholesterol has a much smaller impact on cholesterol levels than was once believed. A 2001 study published in Circulation, the journal of the American Heart Association, found that the aforementioned lutein, may even help reduce the risk of heart disease. Most of egg’s bad reputation is due to the cholesterol in the yolk. The American Heart Association recommends that people with normal cholesterol levels cap their egg consumption to four or fewer whole eggs per week, and suggests that people with heart disease eat two or fewer eggs per week or use cholesterol-free egg substitutes. Because egg whites contain no cholesterol, unlimited egg white consumption is perfectly heart-healthy.
Movies regularly depict athletes eating eggs Rocky-style, which means raw and straight from a glass like a shot. Eeeuuu. All types of raw eggs — even organic or free-range eggs — carry a risk of food-borne illnesses from salmonella bacteria. Plus, there's no added nutritional benefit to eating eggs raw. That’s a relief. What is your color of choice? Other than purple on Easter Sunday, the color and the size of the egg is related to the color and the size of the chicken that produced the egg — nothing more. Brown eggs come from brown chickens, and though they're often more expensive, that doesn't mean they’re healthier. Instead, brown eggs usually cost more because brown chickens are typically larger and more expensive to feed. If you break open an egg only to find a yolk that’s yellower than normal, that has to do with the quality of the diet of the chicken, not the shell color. Typically, the more corn chickens eat, the yellower the yolks. I guess you are what you eat holds true for our feathered friends as well. Now that you’ve learned the myths about eggs aren’t what they were cracked up to be, it’s probably all right to enjoy a high protein addition to a meal or snack. Talk to your doctor or dietitian to get their opinion before you cross the road to any dietary changes they have prescribed.
The Food Police ... What to do, what to do?? There are people in your life, probably your loved ones, who may feel they have the right to help you manage your diet. The key word is “love” - so keep that in mind!
From Cosie’s Cozy Corner
Put yourself in their shoes. They may be worried, especially if they have witnessed the consequences of not following diet guidelines. Assume their intervention is goodwill, even if it feels like control. Let them know you appreciate their concern. Keep in mind it may be their way of requesting reassurance you are paying attention to your needs. Educate them! If the person is not familiar with the diabetic diet, be the teacher!
Too bad if you missed it!! May 23 2013
Our Busy Calendar June 4
We hope our May meeting didn’t put you on information overload! We had six fantastic speakers, starting with Dr. Patrick Owen, who addressed the topic of sugar. If you would like more information, you may contact him at 503-589-0700, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.healthybackchiropractic. com. We’re pleased to announce that a regular feature on our evening agendas will be presentations from the OHSU Nursing Department at Monmouth. These spotlights will be filmed and posted on our Facebook page for your future reference. KellyAnn Garthe, Instructor, proudly looks on in approval at the great job Meghan Wuichet and Joeleen Leverman did in explaining the care of diabetic feet and the highs and lows of blood sugars. Great job, ladies! We look forward to hearing more.
What are you doing about your curves? Pat from North Salem Curves on Lancaster, (503) 365-8600, and Sharon from South Salem Curves, on Commercial, (503) 364-8782, brought us up-to-date on their incredible Curves Complete program and introduced us to the amazing Curves web site.
Diabetes in Balance UMRC Jason Lee Manor-2:00 p.m. Depression, Anxiety and Fear
Diabetes Defense Englewood West - 2:00 p.m Blood Sugar Highs & Lows
Diabetes Day-2-Day West Valley Hospital - 3:00 p.m. Know Your Numbers
Diabetes Support First Presbyterian Church-7:00 p.m. Dr. Marcus East - Medical Center Eye Clinic Spotlights on Living Healthy with Diabetes! And more!!
Watch the previous month’s programs Thursdays, 7:30 pm and Fridays 3:00 pm CCTV Channel 23. Silverton Community Access Network is also showing our programs. Check them out Mondays at 3:00 pm, at 7:00 pm Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2:00 pm. Or, purchase from Dave Hopfer, 503-743-2002.
The health information provided by the speakers at Diabetes Support, My Pal Sticky Diabetes Support, Diabetes in Balance, Diabetes Defense and Diabetes Day-2-Day meetings is solely for informational purposes as a public service to promote consumer health. It does not constitute medical advice and is not intended to be a substitute for proper medical care provided by a physician. Diabetes Support Services, Inc. assumes no responsibility for any circumstances arising out of the use, misuse, interpretation or application of any information supplied at all Diabetes Support group meetings or on our web sites. Always consult with your doctor for appropriate examinations, treatment, testing, and care recommendations. Do not rely on information provided as a tool for self-diagnosis or self-treatment.
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