Sunday, April 23, 2017

Maxy sez :When is the Best Time to Test Your Blood Glucose


By Amy TenderichAmy Tenderich was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in May of 2003. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of Diabetes Mine and co-authored the book Know Your Numbers, Outlive Your Diabetes. You will frequently find her speaking at diabetes, health, and social media events across the country.
The best times to check your blood glucose (BG) actually depend on your reasons for checking. If you are checking in order to choose your insulin doses, then the best times are:

1. At wake time in the morning
2. Before and after each meal
3. At bedtime

If you do not need the information immediately to set insulin doses but are checking for more “general purposes”—like to evaluate changes or improvement in your overall BG control—then checking at the same times each day is most helpful. This helps you identify trends, like if you are consistently high every day in the late afternoon. Of course, you’ll only see these trends if you keep track of your test results.

It’s important to use the little log book that comes with your meter to keep track of your numbers and look over them periodically. The data is not just for your doctor. It's for you. 

As a rule of thumb, just before a meal and then three or four hours afterward provides a useful timeframe for seeing the effects of that meal. Similarly, testing before and just after exercise will tell you the effects of that particular activity.

If you routinely test before and after meals, before and after exercise, and before and after sleeping, you'll have great results to review yourself or with your doctor. These numbers will give you a good sense of what might be pushing your blood glucose up or down.  
Some people believe that if they get their A1c blood test done regularly, there’s no need for daily glucose testing.
Wrong.
It is true that the hemoglobin A1c (or simply A1c for short) is considered the “gold standard” of blood glucose measurement. It’s conducted in a laboratory and measures your average blood glucose levels for the past three months. This test is used as the main measure of your glucose management. (The recommended goal is a level of less than seven percent.)

The big picture

The A1c looks at the big picture, i.e. “What effect are my blood glucose levels having on my chance of future diabetes complications?” BUT, if your A1c turns out to be high, this test doesn’t provide a clue as to what you can do about it. A high A1c result tells you that you need to change something, but only your individual daily glucose results can provide the real clues about specific actions or strategies you might need to take. That’s why frequent home glucose testing matters!

Meeting your target A1c

What if you meet the A1c target (7.0 or below), while your before- and after-meal blood glucose numbers have been “off”? What does this mean?

Remember that the A1c is an average number. In other words, it's a point that reflects the “middle” of all your glucose values over the past three months. So you could have a “perfect” A1c result of 6.5 that might actually reflect the mid-point between several weeks of severe highs and lows. Not good.

If, however, your A1c met your target and you did not have frequent low blood glucose values, then all of your levels during the previous three months were okay. They were okay even if they were occasionally off-target. There will always be fluctuations, which is why the A1c is the perfect complement to daily testing.

In a nutshell: All of the existing clinical research tells us that your A1c is the vital indicator of your future health. Your glucose meter is a vital indicator of how you’re doing on a daily basis, leading up to your A1c.

Stay tune Amy Tenderich will share more tips with us .

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Southern Fried Chicken

This fried chicken  is a no-fail, no-fuss version of classic fried chicken with a perfectly crunchy seasoned crust (the trick is the cornstarch) and juicy meat.

TOTAL TIME: 45 MINUTES      SERVINGS: 4

6                   large eggs
Kosher salt
3                  cups all-purpose flour
1/2              cup cornstarch
1-1/2          tablespoons garlic powder
1                   teaspoon paprika
1                   teaspoon crushed red pepper
Freshly ground black pepper
1                  3-1/2-pound chicken, cut into 8 pieces
Vegetable oil, for frying

1 .  In a large bowl, beat the eggs with a pinch of salt. In another bowl, whisk the flour with the cornstarch, garlic powder, paprika, crushed red pepper, 2 1/2 tablespoons of salt and 1 teaspoon of black pepper.

2 .  Pat the chicken pieces dry. Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and dredge in the seasoned flour. Dip the coated chicken in the egg, then dredge again in the seasoned flour and transfer to the baking sheet.

3 .  In a large cast-iron skillet, heat 3/4 inch of oil to 360 /176*;. Set a rack over another baking sheet. Fry half of the chicken over moderate heat, turning occasionally, until golden brown and an instant-read thermometer inserted nearest the  bone registers 165 /176*;, about 15 minutes. Transfer to the rack. Repeat with the remaining chicken. Serve right away.

PAIRING
There are myriad opinions for fried chicken: Champagne, Pinot Noir, even Lambrusco. Try the minerally NV Christian Etienne Champagne Brut.

Heart healthy

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Aunt Jeannie Happy Birthday

Hope your special day brings you 
all that your Heart Desires 
Here's Wishing 
A day full of
Pleasant Suprises .
Happpy Birthday Aunt Jeannie 

Jonny , Sha , Jenny , Man Carano 
Chris . Sheryl  , Bubba Landrieau

Friday, April 14, 2017

Aunt Jeannie ----------we are wishing you a very Happy Easter

Happy Easter  to Aunt Jeannie and her family .
Man says to tell uncle Brian  not to eat too many eggs  , they will make him have musical fruit .

To you from the Cubs with love .
Jonny , Sha , Jenny , Man Carano
Chris , Sheryl , Bubba Landieau 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Apple Fritters

Makes 3 dozen
Eat these apple fritters hot with all the powdered sugar you can stand.

3     cups all-purpose flour
1/2     teaspoon salt
2     teaspoons baking powder
1/2     cup sugar
1     large egg
1     cup milk
1/4     cup butter or margarine, melted
2     teaspoons grated orange rind
1/4     cup fresh orange juice
2     cups diced cooking apple
1     teaspoon vanilla extract
Vegetable oil
Sifted powdered sugar

1 .  Combine first 4 ingredients; make a well in center of mixture.
2 .  Combine egg, milk, and butter, stirring well; stir in orange rind and next 3 ingredients. Add to flour mixture, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened.
3 .  Pour oil to a depth of 2 inches into a large Dutch oven; heat to 350°. Drop batter by rounded tablespoonfuls into hot oil; fry fritters in batches 1 1/2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Drain fritters well on paper towels, and cool slightly. Sprinkle with sifted powdered sugar.
Heart healthy

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Salmon Croquettes

By pairing this superfast recipe with a light salad, you can impress the family and still have time to enjoy the meal.

TOTAL TIME      45  minutes
4 servings (serving size: 2 croquettes and 1 tablespoon sauce)

1/4    cup organic canola mayonnaise (such as Spectrum), divided
4    teaspoons fresh lemon juice, divided
2-1/2    teaspoons Dijon mustard, divided
1/4    cup finely chopped green onions
2    tablespoons minced red bell pepper
1/2    teaspoon garlic powder
1/4    teaspoon salt
1/8    teaspoon ground red pepper
2    (6-ounce) packages skinless, boneless pink salmon
1    large egg, lightly beaten
1    cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
1    tablespoon canola oil
1    tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1    teaspoon finely chopped capers
1/2    teaspoon minced garlic
1/8   teaspoon salt

1 .  Combine 2 tablespoons mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon juice, 1 1/2 teaspoons mustard, and next 7 ingredients (through egg), stirring well. Add panko; toss. Shape mixture into 8 (3-inch) patties.
2 .  Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add patties; cook 5 minutes on each side or until browned.
3 .  Combine remaining mayonnaise, juice, and mustard with parsley, capers, garlic, and salt, stirring well.
Heart healthy

Monday, April 10, 2017

Russia threatens 'real war' with US in Syria as Boris Johnson calls for increased sanctions

Business Insider         ADAM BIENKOV       April 10th 2017 
LONDON — Russia has warned of a "real war" with the US if they attempt to issue them with an ultimatum over their support for Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.

British foreign secretary Boris Johnson will on Monday call for Western powers to impose sanctions on Russia if it fails to cut ties with Assad following his chemical weapons attack on his own civilians.

However, the Russian embassy in London warned of a "real war" if the US and its allies impose any such ultimatum.

Any such threat by the G7 nations "brings us to real war" they warned, before questioning the leadership of US secretary of state Rex Tillerson and Johnson.

In a joint statement, Russian, Iranian and Assad-supporting forces said that the US attack on Syrian airbase last week had crossed a "red line" and warned that any further attacks would be responded to with force.
"What America waged in an aggression on Syria is a crossing of red lines," the statement said.

"From now on we will respond with force to any aggressor or any breach of red lines from whoever it is and America knows our ability to respond well."
Johnson was due to begin a visit to Moscow today. However, the foreign secretary cancelled the trip following a telephone conversation with Tillerson.

The decision led to condemnation and mockery both at home and abroad.

Johnson had shown a "fundamental misunderstanding or lack of knowledge of the events in Syria, Russia's efforts to settle that crisis and the general objectives of diplomacy", the Russian foreign ministry said.

"The decision to call off Johnson's visit to Moscow confirms once again doubts in the presence of added value in speaking to the UK, which does not have its own position on the majority of present-day issues, nor does it have real influence on the course of international affairs, as it remains 'in the shadow' of its strategic partners. We do not feel that we need dialogue with London any more than it does."

Labour shadow chancellor John McDonnell insisted on Sunday that Johnson should have gone ahead with the visit, while Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said he had been left looking like a "poodle" of the US.

Former Scottish first minister Alex Salmond said the decision had left Johnson looking "daft."

"The idea the Foreign Secretary can't be trusted because he might pursue his own line or have an independent thought or crossover what the Americans are going to say just makes him look like some sort of mini-me to the United States of America," he told the Andrew Marr show.

"That's not a position any Foreign Secretary would want to be in."

Witchy sez:
This is the point where we need someone in the White House that knows what the hell they are doing. We are going to end up in a war with Russia and N. Korea because of this A-hole's idea that everyone has to agree with us is not going to work.  We need someone that can actually speak to people in a calm way, not throw around warnings like he is doing. He is so programed to getting his own way.

Trumps only interest is his ego. Literally NOTHING ELSE matters.
His entire campaign and administration proves this beyond any doubt.

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