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Diabetic Lasagna Recipe

Diabetic Lasagna Recipe Prep Time 10 mins Cook Time 1 hr Total Time 1 hr 10 mins   This easy Diabetic Lasagna Recipe is delicious, hearty and healthy. Made with ground turkey and fat-free ricotta. Perfect for an easy weeknight dinner idea. Course: Entree Servings: servings Calories: 291 kcal Author: Tiffany Bendayan Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs ground turkey breast
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes with NO SALT ADDED
  • 3-4 leaves basil chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 9 sheets of Whole Wheat Lasagna Noodles
  • 15 oz fat-free ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups part skim mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • Salt + Pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Cook noodles according to package instructions*
  3. Drain and place in cold water to stop the cooking process
  4. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil
  5. Add the onions and saute until softened
  6. Add garlic, 1/2 teaspoon of oregano and half of the basil
  7. Add the ground turkey and cook while breaking up the big pieces into little ones
  8. Drain excess liquid and add salt and pepper
  9. Add the tomatoes and cook until the mixture starts boiling. Remove from heat
  10. In another bowl, mix the ricotta cheese, egg, salt, pepper and the other half of the basil
  11. Drain noodles
  12. Place 3 noodles in a 9×13″ rectangular baking pan in a way they cover the bottom of the pan
  13. Add 1/2 of the turkey mixture. Spread evenly
  14. Add 1/2 of the ricotta mixture. Spread evenly
  15. Sprinkle some cheese
  16. Cover with 3 more lasagna noodles
  17. Spread the remaining turkey mixture
  18. Spread the remaining ricotta mixture
  19. Sprinkle some more cheese
  20. Cover with 3 more lasagna noodles
  21. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and dried oregano
  22. Spray a piece of aluminum foil with nonstick spray
  23. Cover lasagna with foil
  24. Bake covered for 45 minutes
  25. Remove foil and bake for 10 minutes
  26. Broil for 2 more minutes or until the top is brown
  27. Remove from oven and let it rest for about 10 minutes before serving
  28. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*omit this step if using oven ready noodles Nutrition Facts Diabetic Lasagna Recipe Amount Per Serving (1 serving) Calories 291 Calories from Fat 54 % Daily Value*Fat 6g9%Saturated Fat 2g13%Cholesterol 74mg25%Sodium 437mg19%Potassium 492mg14%Carbohydrates 30g10%Fiber 1g4%Sugar 5g6%Protein 29g58%Vitamin A 325IU7%Vitamin C 8.3mg10%Calcium 299mg30%Iron 2.5mg14% * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Diabetic Care, Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day! If you’re like most people, odds are your day will involve some (or a lot) of chocolate and sweets. However, if you’re diabetic or pre-diabetic, you have to be careful about your sugar intake today. In fact, Valentine’s Day is actually the day with the highest average blood glucose levels among people with diabetes.

The numbers were reported by the digital health tracking platform Glooko, a web and mobile application that tracks blood glucose levels among more than 1.5 million users across 23 different countries. After looking at the collective data of their users, researchers uncovered that Valentine’s Day was the worst day for users in terms of keeping their blood glucose levels in a healthy range. Here’s a look at the average blood glucose levels on some of the worst days in the calendar year:

  • Valentine’s Day – 168 mg/dL (9.3 mmol/L)
  • Halloween – 158 mg/dL (8.8 mmol/L)
  • Christmas Day – 140 mg/dL (7.8 mmol/L)
  • New Year’s Eve – 131 mg/dL (7.3 mmol/L)

Michelle de Haaff, Glooko’s vice president of Strategy, said Valentine’s Day is so problematic for diabetics because of the regular opportunities to snack on chocolate and because many people go out to eat for dinner.

“Valentine’s is known to be a sugary holiday where chocolates are given as gifts and people go out for meals. It is likely that is what drives higher glucose,” said de Haaff.

Diabetic Care on Valentine’s Day

So if you are diabetic or pre-diabetic, we want to share some tips for helping you navigate Valentine’s Day and other holidays. For starters, eat and drink in moderation. And by moderation, we don’t mean just one piece of chocolate every time you come into the break room. One or two pieces are fine with lunch or dinner, but don’t snack on these sugary sweets throughout the day. Other tips to help keep your blood glucose levels in check include:

  • Fill up on healthier options so you’re not tempted to overindulge with sweets.
  • Drinking plenty of water can help you feel full.
  • Try to carve out 30-45 minutes to exercise.
  • Limit your alcohol consumption during dinner.
  • Monitor your blood glucose levels throughout the day.

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Metformin(Diabetic Drug) What Do You Know?

What is metformin?

The most common medication worldwide for treating diabetes is metformin (Glumetza, Riomet, Glucophage, Fortamet). It can help control high blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes. It’s available in tablet form or a clear liquid you take by mouth with meals.

If you’re taking metformin for the treatment of type 2 diabetes, it may be possible to stop. You may be able to manage your condition by making certain lifestyle changes, such as maintaining a healthy weight and getting more exercise.

Read on to learn more about metformin and whether it’s possible to stop taking it.

Before you stop taking metformin, talk to your doctor to see if this is the right step to take in managing your diabetes.

How does metformin work?

Metformin doesn’t treat the underlying cause of diabetes. It treats the symptoms of diabetes by lowering blood sugar, or glucose, by:

  • decreasing liver production of glucose
  • decreasing absorption of glucose from the gut
  • improving insulin sensitivity in peripheral tissues, increasing tissue uptake and use of glucose

Metformin helps with other things in addition to improving blood sugar.

These include:

  • lowering lipids, resulting in a decrease in blood triglyceride levels
  • decreasing “bad” low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol
  • increasing “good” high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol
  • possibly reducing your appetite, which may result in modest weight loss

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Side effects and risks of metformin

Because of its possible risks and side effects, metformin isn’t safe for everyone. It’s not recommended if you have a history of:

  • substance use disorder
  • liver disease
  • severe kidney issues
  • certain heart problems

If you’re currently taking metformin and have had some unpleasant side effects, you might be looking for alternative treatment options.

Most common side effects

The most common side effects are headaches and digestive issues that may include:

  • diarrhea
  • vomiting
  • nausea
  • heartburn
  • abdominal cramps
  • gas
  • a metallic taste
  • loss of appetite

Other side effects

In some cases, metformin leads to poor absorption of vitamin B-12. That can lead to a vitamin B-12 deficiency, though this only occurs after long-term use of the medication.

As a precaution, your doctor will check your B-12 levels every one to two years while you’re taking metformin.

Taking metformin might also lead to loss of appetite, which could cause a small amount of weight loss. But taking this medication won’t lead to weight gain.

There are also a few other side effects you may encounter, including hypoglycemia and lactic acidosis.

Hypoglycemia

Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, might occur since metformin lowers blood sugar. It’s important to monitor your blood sugar regularly so your doctor can adjust your dosage based on your levels.

Hypoglycemia due to metformin is a rare side effect.

Low blood sugar is more likely to occur if you take metformin with other diabetes drugs or insulin.

Lactic acidosis

Metformin can cause a life-threatening condition called lactic acidosis. People who have lactic acidosis have a buildup of a substance called lactic acid in their blood and shouldn’t take metformin.

This condition is very dangerous and often fatal. But this is a rare side effect and affects less than 1 in 100,000 people taking metformin.

Lactic acidosis is more likely to occur in people with kidney disease. Tell your doctor if you’ve ever had kidney problems.

When is it OK to stop taking metformin?

Metformin can be an important part of an effective diabetes treatment plan. But reducing the dosage of metformin or stopping it altogether is safe in some cases if your diabetes is under control.

If you want to stop taking diabetes medications, talk with your doctor or healthcare provider about what steps you need to take to do so.

Everyone who has diabetes can benefit from changing certain lifestyle habits, even those taking medications.

Losing weight, eating better, and exercising are the best ways to help reduce blood glucose and A1C. If you can manage these through such lifestyle changes, you may be able to stop taking metformin or other diabetes drugs.

According to experts from the American Diabetes Association, you usually need to meet the following criteria before you can stop taking diabetes medications:

  • Your A1C is less than 7 percent.
  • Your fasting morning blood glucose under 130 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL).
  • Your blood glucose level at random or after a meal is below 180 mg/dL.

It’s risky to stop taking metformin if you don’t meet these criteria. And keep in mind that these criteria can change based on your age, overall health, and other factors. So, it’s important to talk with your doctor before changing your metformin plan.

What you can do

Metformin may help prevent long-term health complications from type 2 diabetes. But you may be able to stop taking it if your doctor thinks you can maintain your blood sugar without it.

You may be able to successfully lower and manage your blood sugar without medication by making lifestyle changes such as the following:

  • maintaining a healthy weight
  • getting more exercise
  • reducing your intake of carbohydrates
  • modifying your diet to include low-glycemic carbohydrates
  • stopping smoking tobacco in any form
  • drinking less or no alcohol

It’s also important to get support. A registered dietitian, personal trainer, or peer group can improve your chances of sticking with these healthy habits.

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