Tips to Beat the Heat
Doctors have discovered that people with diabetes are at a greater risk of adverse effects from heat. Other conditions related to risk include age, obesity, dehydration, heart disease, poor circulation, sunburn, and prescription drug and alcohol use. However, even young and healthy individuals can succumb to heat if they participate in strenuous physical activities during hot weather. Unfortunately, many diabetics don’t prepare for extreme heat situations which place them at a higher risk for death.
“Studies have shown that during heat waves, patients with diabetes have more hospitalizations, more emergency room visits, and higher rates of mortality,” says Curtiss B. Cook MD, FACP, professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and a consultant in endocrinology at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona. “Why that is isn’t clear, but it does show that these people are at greater risk for health problems during hot weather.”
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Pick Your Own Produce
There are tons of farms all over the US that allow the general public to come in and pick your own produce. It’s a wonderful way to get out of the city and in touch with where your food comes from. Farm fresh food is more nutritious and you can create some new family traditions or even delve into the ancient art of food preservation. Almost any produce that is grown in your area could have a nearby U Pick Farm. Each month brings the availability of a different fruit or vegetable. Remember, harvest dates vary by location, varieties planted, and weather conditions, so always call the farm before the earliest date below so you don’t miss the season!
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Summer Grilling Recipes
It's summer! Get out the grill and enjoy meat, veggies and even fruit. Here are some recipes to get you started.
Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken with Toasted Almonds - This is super easy to prepare and the toasted almonds provide a nice crunch.
Grilled Pear and Watercress Salad - Firm pears, such as Bosc, are best for grilling.
Grilled Steak and Parmesan Salad - You can also substitute chicken breasts for a lower cholesterol version.
Grilled Marinated Vegetables - A colorful and savory side dish for grilled fish or chicken.
Grilled Fruit with Strawberry Dip - When grilled, your favorite fresh fruit picks up new and unique flavor!