Diabetes Connections Blog

Talking about all things related to preventing and reversing type 2 diabetes.

How a Diabetes Food Plan Gives You Freedom

By Karen Marschel RDN LD CDE

If you have diabetes did you restrict the sweets this weekend? Or did you give yourself the freedom to eat as much as you wanted because you planned to get back on your diet tomorrow? As I reflect on the 4th of July holiday I am thinking about the great freedom we have in this…

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Ask Your Doctor about Your B12 if You Take Metformin.

By Karen Marschel RDN LD CDE

Recent studies have shown that taking metformin long term can cause low B12 level. Why should we be concerned with low B12 levels? B12 deficiency can be misdiagnosed as peripheral neuropathy, a possible complication of diabetes where nerve damage from high blood sugars cause numbness, tingling, burning or pain in feet, legs, or hands. Neuropathy…

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3 Ways to Add Immune Boosting Romaine to Your Diabetes Defense

By Karen Marschel RDN LD CDE

Cold and flu season is definitely here. Along with hand washing, adequate sleep, and stress management, eating well is more important to keep your immune system strong.  Romaine lettuce beats all other lettuce varieties when it comes to immune-boosting nutrients. It’s a great source of vitamin B1, B2, C and folic acid. All of these are important for keeping…

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Chili is a recipe loaded with diabetes fighting ingredients!

By Karen Marschel RDN LD CDE

Chili is one of my favorite cold weather foods. Besides tasting great and warming you up on a cold day, almost every ingredient in chili has health benefits. Here is my family’s favorite recipe. It’s easy and good for you too! 1 lb lean ground beef, browned and drained 2 cans kidney beans rinsed and drained 2…

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Corn on the Cob Too Much Carb?

By Karen Marschel RDN LD CDE

This is the time of year for one of my favorite foods . . . fresh sweet corn!  But is corn on the cob too high carb for those of us trying to control weight and prevent diabetes? Well, I am not about to give up one of the great fresh garden foods that only…

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Beat Diabetes with a Color Filled Plate

By Karen Marschel RDN LD CDE

Here’s a short message to remind you of the power of fruits and vegetables in fighting disease  – especially diabetes.   (and be sure to check out the video link below) How will more fruits and veggies help diabetes? Low calorie to help you lose weight and prevent diabetes. Lower carb to lower insulin needs. Great source…

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6 Reasons Eggs are Still Part of Healthy Diet

By Karen Marschel RDN LD CDE

Since the 1970’s we were told not to eat eggs because they were too high in cholesterol. Recent review of over 200 studies has shown that eggs do not have much effect on our cholesterol but many are not aware of that or are still being told by health professionals to avoid eggs. Consider these 6 reasons why eggs are part…

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6 Ways to Control Evening Eating and Lose Weight

By Karen Marschel RDN LD CDE

Does your day start in a race with the clock to get out the door? Do you skip breakfast because you don’t have time? Do you skip lunch some days because there is just too much work to be done? Are you so hungry by the time you get home in the evening that you feel…

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