Articles by Janis Roszler, MSFT, RD, CDE, LD/N

Men and Women: Heart to Heart

Both men and women benefit from making healthier food choices, becoming more active, losing some weight and, if needed, taking medicines to improve blood fats (lipids) and lower blood pressure. However, there are differences in how men and women respond to these measures. For example, men recover from coronary artery bypass surgery better than women. This is thought to be because women have smaller arteries in their heart because of their generally smaller body size. [...]

Supplementing Your Meal Plan

Our bodies use vitamins and minerals to perform basic functions, such as building bone and muscle. If you eat a variety of healthy foods that include vegetables, fruits, whole grains and low-fat dairy products, you’ll be more likely to meet your body’s needs for vitamins and minerals. [...]

You Can’t “Duct Tape” Diabetes Problems

When you have a leaky hose or loose window screen, do you pull out your handy role of silver duct tape and give it a quick fix? That may work for problems around the house, but a duct tape-style repair is no good for your diabetes control. If you often "duct tape" your blood glucose highs with more insulin and your lows with sugary treats, you are doing quick fixes for problems that need better care before they occur. [...]

Are Natural Products Right For You?

Many people with diabetes look to natural products and vitamins for added help with their diabetes. And with good reason — some 
of these products can be very helpful. But some can make your diabetes medicines less effective or 
harm you. Janis Roszler MSFT, RD, CDE, LD/N, answers two of the [...]

Diabetes Meal Planning: Which Method Is Best For You?

  Diabetes and food do a unique dance. You need to eat a variety of foods to stay healthy, but too much of some foods can lead to weight gain and can affect your diabetes control. Your diabetes food plan should fit your nutritional needs, daily routine, eating habits, food likes, and blood [...]

Eat A Heart-Healthy Diet

  If your heart could choose where you should live, it might tell you to move to one of the lovely countries that border the Mediterranean Sea. The level of heart disease there is much lower than other places in the world. Why? Experts believe that the Mediterranean style of [...]

Vitamins, Minerals & Glucose Control

Many people with diabetes have heart disease. What foods, vitamins and supplements can help? Start with fish and fish oils. Oily fish—such as salmon, mackerel, lake trout, herring, sardines and albacore tuna— contain two helpful omega-3 fatty acids: EPA and DHA. Fish oil capsules usually have [...]

Eat Healthy To Live Healthy

  In a recent study published in in the journal Diabetes Care, experts found that people who ate lots of fish and limited their intake of poultry and red meat lowered their risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. People in the study who were vegetarians in the study saw the [...]

Diabetes Q and A

  By Janis Roszler, MSFT, RD, CDE, LD/N Q I’d like to give a holiday gift to my friend with diabetes. Any ideas? A Here are a few items that make great gifts: Diabetes-friendly cook books. A diabetes identification bracelet. An exercise video or gift certificate to a yoga class. [...]

Forgive Yourself

  ACCU-CHEK® Aviva Plus Diabetes Monitoring Kit LAURA DID NOTHING about her diabetes for years. Her doctors told her that her weight, food choices, and lack of exercise could cause diabetes problems in the future, but she didn’t care. She felt fine and had other matters on her mind. She [...]

What You Need to Know About Pre-Hypertension

If you think your blood pressure is OK because you’ve never heard the words, “You have high blood pressure,” think again. Pre-hypertension is a category for blood pressure that is higher than normal, but not high enough to be called high blood pressure. Blood pressure that is even a little bit higher than normal can put you at risk for heart attack, stroke and kidney disease. This is important to know because high blood pressure is very common among people with diabetes—2 out of 3 adults with diabetes also have high blood pressure. [...]

Even People with Diabetes Can Lose Weight!

Do you enjoy television reality shows? Many people tune in week after week to watch excited players complete challenges and win prizes. Part of the fun is when you see how they still win despite the efforts of other players to stop them. Your efforts to lose weight may have a lot in common with these popular programs. You also have a test and hope to win a great prize. This prize is to lose weight and become healthier. This is hard to do if those around you try to get in the way of your success. Here are a few examples of how friends and family make it harder for you to win and some good ways to respond... [...]

Watermelon & Viagra

Viagra and watermelon in the same sentence? Could it be that this lovely fruit, a staple of barbeques and picnics, has suddenly taken center stage in the world of romance? According to researchers at the Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Center at Texas A&M University, College Station, the amino acid citrulline, which is found in both the rind and the fruit of watermelon, can relax and dilate blood vessels in a way that is similar to Viagra. [...]

What is A1C?

When you check your blood glucose, your home meter gives you a snapshot of your blood glucose level at that time. But it only tells you little about your control in general. There are other things your meter does not tell you. [...]

Diabetes in China

I just came back from an amazing, four-day trip to China. I was invited there by Diabetes New World, a Chinese diabetes magazine. They asked me to speak to educators and doctors about some of the methods American educators use to teach about diabetes. [...]
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