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Diabetes, Cheerios, and Late Night Eating…

…you betcha, it’s a smorgasbord today!

First up: a break-down of diabetes prevalence across the United States. Sorry the below map doesn’t enlarge any bigger, but you can go here to see the enlarged version. Of course I found this interesting as I work with a largely diabetic population.

Among those 30 and older in the US, 13.7% of men and 11.9% of women have diabetes. A third of this estimated number are going undiagnosed. Colorado, Minnesota, and Vermont have the lowest rates of diabetes while the southeastern states have the highest rates — Mississippi having the highest rates of all. Lead author and epidemiology research fellow, Goodarz Danaei at Harvard stated, “The Southern States have a very dangerous aggregation of risk factors for heard disease: obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes [1].”

With more than 70,000 diabetes-related deaths each year, diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death [1]. You can clearly see that Oklahoma and Texas have much work to be done in diabetes prevention, especially among the men, compared to neighboring Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, and New Mexico.
In other news, a federal court panel has ruled that five pending lawsuits against General Mills for claims touting the cholesterol-lowering benefit of Cheerios will be consolidated into one multi-district case. The FDA administered a warning to General Mills regarding their claims of Cheerios “lowering your cholesterol 4% in 6 weeks” and “clinically proven to lower cholesterol.” A specific rate of risk reduction is not allowed, according to the FDA. Plantiffs states that General Mills made false claims which led them to eat the cereal as a way to lower cholesterol [2].

The FDA stated in May that eating Cheerios was “not generally recognized as safe and effective for use in preventing or treating hypercholesterolemia or coronary heart disease [2]. Shame, shame, Cheerios and General Mills!

Last up: light night eating produces weight gain. I found WebMD’s take on evening eating and weight gain, which was in consensus with a post I made back in September. Similarly, recent research performed at Northwestern University found that eating at night led to twice as much weight gain, even when total calorie consumption was the same among mice. The science, however, is still unknown [3]s.
Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD, and director of nutrition for WebMD recommends consuming regular meals, as well as consuming 90% of your daily caloric needs before 8 pm. Eating every three to four hours helps regular blood sugar and control hunger and cravings [3]. I concur, for what it’s worth. :O ) 
And yesterday’s diabetic diet…

1/2 cup old-fashioned oats (2 carbs)
1 cup skim milk (1 carb)
1 tsp turbinado (1/2 carb)
1 tsp Splenda brown sugar (1/2 carb)
1/2 ounce pecans, chopped (0 carbs)
cappuccino with 2 Tbsp sugar-free International Delight
     Total: 4 carbs

1 cup whole wheat pasta (3 carbs)
4 ounce chicken breast (0 carbs)
3/4 cup marinara (1 carb)
1 ounce Parmesean cheese (0 carbs)
     Total: 4 carbs

12 baby carrots (0 carbs)
small apple (1 carb)
     Total: 1 carb

1 cup mashed potatoes (2 carbs)
3 fingerlings of Biggest Loser “Fried Chicken” (2 carbs)
     Total: 4 carbs

3 graham crackers (1 carb)
1 1/2 Tbsp peanut butter (0 carbs)
     Total: 1 carb

[1]. Bakalar, Nicholas. Diabetes: A State-by-States Breakdown. The New York Times. October 13, 2009.
[2]. Scott-Thomas, Caroline. Lawsuits Against Cheerios Cholesterol Claims Combined. Food Navigator. October 13, 2009.
[3]. Zelman, Kathleen M.  Is Late Night Eating More Likely to Pack on the Pounds? WebMD.
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