Diabetes Connections Blog

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Controlling Diabetes is Like Taking a Road Trip

By Karen Marschel RDN LD CDE

You need to map your destination for your Diabetes goals. When you take a road trip you need to figure out the best way to get there right? I was going to say you need to get out the map but now we just pull out our GPS and let it guide the way. Too…

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The Inflammation-Diabetes Connection

By Karen Marschel RDN LD CDE

There is a connection between diabetes and inflammation and it’s hidden. What is Inflammation? Inflammation is the body’s reaction to infection or injury. Classic signs of inflammation are redness, swelling and pain. Living in Minnesota the example I think of is a mosquito bite, where you feel very little pain but you get the annoying…

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7 Starter Tips for Newly Diagnosed Diabetes

By Karen Marschel RDN LD CDE

Hearing that you have diabetes is a very emotional experience and many questions go through your mind. When I was told I had gestational diabetes 14 years ago I’m pretty sure I went home and cried, feeling the “why me”? reaction. Well all those emotions are perfectly normal and you really just need to let…

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Grapes: Good or Bad for Diabetes?

By Karen Marschel RDN LD CDE

This is a common question I get a lot from people with diabetes. Many people have been told grapes are too high in sugar and if you have diabetes you should not eat them. Grapes are actually very heart healthy and have a low glycemic index, in the 43-53 range. One serving is about 15-20…

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3 Questions for Faster Food Label Reading with Diabetes

By Karen Marschel RDN LD CDE

Do you get completely confused about what to look at on the food label for your diabetes? Well considering the large number of products today, so much information on the packages and the confusing news reports, how could you NOT be confused? Hopefully the answers to these 3 questions will help you save some time…

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10 Foods You Can Mix & Match to Make Fast Healthy Meals

By Karen Marschel RDN LD CDE

Time for cooking seems to run short during the holidays. Between our jobs, cleaning house for the holidays and shopping for gifts, not only do we run out of time to enjoy the spirit of the season but we run out of time to cook and plan our meals. Try this list of foods to…

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My New Favorite Probiotic for a Strong Immune System

By Karen Marschel RDN LD CDE

How many of these probiotic foods have you had in the past few days? Buttermilk Yogurt Cottage Cheese Kefir Sauerkraut Pickled beets I usually try to eat yogurt at least twice a week to get the good bacteria,  but recently I have discovered Kefir. It’s like a yogurt smoothie that taste’s a little sweet but…

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Are You Getting Enough Magnesium?

By Karen Marschel RDN LD CDE

Here’s what to know about magnesium . . . Magnesium is a really important mineral that our body needs for more than 300 enzyme systems that control muscle, nerve, bone, protein, DNA, glucose, and energy metabolism. About 99% of total body magnesium is located in bone, muscles, and soft tissues.  For this reason a blood…

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Favorite Recipe Share: Bourbon Chicken

By Karen Marschel RDN LD CDE

This recipe has become one of my family’s favorites. Ingredients 2 lbs boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces 1 -2 tablespoon olive oil 1 garlic clove, crushed 1/4 teaspoon ginger 3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 1/4 cup apple juice 1/3 cup light brown sugar 2 tablespoons ketchup 1 tablespoon cider vinegar 1/2 cup…

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