Volume 3, Issue 11

 In This Issue:

  • All Around the Site:
    Insulin Fails First Test
  • Recipe Rescues:
    Fresh Tomato Salsa
  • Buzz from the Boards:
    Solving coughing condition
  • Life Experiences:
    A Disease Manager chimes in


All Around the Site

Insulin Fails First Test As Diabetes-Preventing Drug

To doctors' disappointment, a landmark study has found that preventive injections of insulin do not ward off a common form of diabetes. The idea of preventing diabetes with insulin has been considered for decades. More recently, animal research and small studies with people suggested it would work for type 1 diabetes. Some doctors were already giving insulin to patients in the hope of preventing it.

"The history of medicine is littered with wrong conclusions drawn from pilot studies," said Dr. Jay Skyler, a hormone specialist at the University of Miami who led the study, which was funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health. The preliminary findings were reported in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Click here to read more about diabetes, courtesy IntelliHealth.


Fresh Tomato Salsa

When tomatoes are in season, there's no excuse for serving jarred salsa. The real thing is so easy.


- 4 medium vine-ripened tomatoes
- 1/2 cup (2 1/2 oz/75 g) chopped onion
- 2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onions
- 1-2 tablespoons seeded and minced jalapeño pepper
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
- Juice of 1 lime
- 1 tablespoon water

To make tomatoes easy to peel, bring a saucepan of water to a boil. Core tomatoes and cut an X on the bottom. Place in boiling water for 1 minute. Remove to a bowl of cold water. When tomatoes are cool enough to handle, remove skins. Cut tomatoes in half and remove seeds. Dice tomatoes. In a bowl, combine diced tomatoes, onions, green onions, jalapeños, cilantro, lime juice, and water. Estimated cooking time: Under 30 minutes.

YIELD: 3 1/2 cup servings (28 oz/840g)

NUTRITION ANALYSIS PER SERVING: Calories, 5; Total fat, 0.1 grams; Protein, 0 grams; Sodium, 12 mg; Carbohydrate, 1 gram; Fiber, 0.3 grams

Source: Miavita

At CorSolutions, we strive to offer a variety of healthy recipes to help you maintain a balanced diet. However, if you are watching your salt, carbohydrate, or even fat intake you may need to alter some of the recipes that appear in this newsletter. Feel free to eliminate or substitute ingredients such as salt, cream cheese, and whole milk with others like seasonings, yogurt, or skim milk.

Click here to read or submit healthy recipes!

Buzz from the Boards

Read questions on a wide range of health related topics in the Community Center forums by simply clicking on the links below.

CAD & CHF Support
Discussion Group:

Community Member RLevy3389 posted this question about a coughing condition:

"I stopped taking Altace because of a nagging dry cough that got worse and was switched to Avapro. I noticed lately that my face is getting red and stays this way for a few hours. I got concerned and checked my blood pressure at the doctor's office, it was 110/80. The nurse said that one of the Avapro's side effect will cause to have a red face and not to worry about it. I was wondering if one medication is better than the other and how do they work for CHF?"

Disease Manager Trina Hudson posted these comments on the subject:

"Altace is an ACE inhibitor and one of the main side effects is a dry cough. Avapro is an Angiotensin II receptor antagonist and these drugs are preferred for CHF patients who have difficulty with the ACE inhibitors. Both drugs blocks constriction of the blood vessels which means your heart does not have to work as hard to pump the blood. This action improves the function of your heart, kidney, and lungs. The purpose of these medications are to prevent exacerbations (or flare up) of your heart failure. Some of the side effects listed for Avapro are rash, inflammation (redness), itching, and dry skin. It is always best to inform your physician when you experience any side effects of any medications."

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Life Experiences

A Disease Manager chimes in...

Disease Manager Julie Diane shares the following story:

"I have a very brittle Diabetic patient in Texas, who has been with the program since 2/4/02. We have been able to utilize the eCorSolutions website on numerous occasions, mostly for exchange of information. For example, he will e-mail all his complaints and ask me to call him with recommendations for action. In the past 8 weeks or so, I have had 9 communications directly with the patient, and 12 directly with his physicians. We also were able to utilize the website to learn about a possible diabetic complication called Charcot's Joint. His right ankle & foot are so painful and swollen today thus suspecting a stress fracture as opposed to Charcot's Joint. By the time he called me to discuss the e-mail, I had enough info to formulate an appropriate response.

As a Disease Manager, I have found the Internet to be a useful tool in reaching my patients who don't answer their voice mail and have asked not to be called at work. A heart patient in Ohio replied to my email with 'I apologize for not contacting you earlier, however I have been extremely busy at work...often working very late into the evening. I will try to contact you as soon as I can. In the meantime, please be patient'."

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