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April 1, 2015

Take the Defeat Diabetes® Month Challenge

Here’s a challenge: Track how many activities and good habits you can develop during Defeat Diabetes® Month. We offer a variety of all-level physical activities, new places to go, different foods to experience and a little learning for each day of the month. This is not just for people with diabetes, so enjoy this 2015 Calendar of Activities with your entire family!



Diabetes and Stress

Stress comes in many forms physical, mental and even financial. Unfortunately, stress in all these forms has become a regular part of modern life. Studies conducted by Carnegie Mellon University conclude that stress can cause ill health when it is chronic.

Stress can be especially problematic for people with diabetes. Here's why: When stress occurs, the body prepares to take action and behaves as it were under attack. This is called the fight-or-flight response. In the fight-or-flight response, hormones such as epinephrine and cortisol kick in to raise blood sugar to help boost energy when it’s needed most. Their net effect is to make stored energy (glucose and fat) available to cells. These cells are then primed to help the body get away from danger.

These physiological responses are designed to work for short periods of time so when stress is ongoing it can be dangerous. Read more about stress.

Spring Veggie Recipes

Asparagus with Parmesan and Toasted Almonds - Buttery, slightly salty and crunchy.

Mashed Potatoes Cauliflower -  Okay, this uses a winter staple but still yummy.

Toast with Lemony Pea Mash - Great as a quick lunch, or afternoon snack

Three Pea Stir Fry - A triple pea threat! 

Creamed Spinach - A little decadent because of the use of heavy cream but you have to splurge once in awhile! 


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