Category: Diabetes

farro vegetable salad

Farro vegetable salad

Categories: Diabetes  /  Healthy recipes

Preparation Time: 30 minutes Number of Servings: 8 Serving size: 1 1/2 cups Ingredients 1 (16 oz.) package Farro (find in the rice aisle) 2 asparagus bundles (2 cups, chopped ) 1 (10.5 oz.) container of cherry tomatoes 1/2 small red onion 2 yellow bell peppers 1 bundle of parsley leaves Vinaigrette Dressing ¼ cup olive oil 1 cup fresh lemon juice 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard 1 Tbsp. honey 1 tsp garlic powder ¼ tsp onion powder 1/2 tsp smoked paprika 1 tsp dried oregano leaves Directions 1.  Follow package directions to cook the farro, drain and cool. 2.  Dice …Read More >

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Stop diabetes before it starts

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A disease, that often remains hidden, is affecting families all across San Antonio. According to a City of San Antonio report, one in eight adults in Bexar County have been told by a doctor that they have prediabetes or are borderline diabetic. The good news is with early detection and lifestyle changes, prediabetes can often be reversed and diabetes can be avoided or delayed. Am I at risk for prediabetes? It’s important to talk to your doctor about getting your blood sugar, also known as glucose, checked if you have one or more of the following risk factors: Being overweight …Read More >

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Gluten free chocolate almond butter truffles

Our endocrinologist Vidhya Illuri said she started Dr. Illuri’s Pantry, “to share healthy recipes with my patients.” “FOOD is medicine!” she added. “When we choose to use healthy food to fuel our bodies it often reduces the need for medications. I love to cook and I want to show my patients that eating healthy doesn’t have to be tasteless or boring, it can be delicious!” Indulge in these delicious chocolate truffles with a bit less guilt. Ingredients 4 tablespoons almond butter(unsweetened) 2 tablespoons coconut flour 2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut ¼ cup dark chocolate melted (70% cacao) Sprinkle of Pink Himalayan …Read More >

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Is IV therapy a good way to get your vitamins?

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Do you get better nutrition if vitamins and nutrients are injected directly into your bloodstream, or by eating a healthy diet? Dahlia Gomez, a registered dietician with University Health System, recently weighed in on that during a television news report about IV therapy. It’s a popular trend for combating hangovers or fatigue by injecting supplements through a needle directly into a vein. University Health System’s Shelley Kofler talked further with Gomez about the nutrition implications on Facebook Live. Here are some excerpts: Kofler: One of the things (IV Therapy) promoters will tell you is that if you put (nutrients) directly …Read More >

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Your heart and kidneys – closer than you think

Categories: Diabetes  /  Heart Health

Your body’s organ systems don’t function in silos, and Dr. Anand Prasad doesn’t think your healthcare should, either. Imagine you are looking inside the human body. It’s easy to identify the big, separate organs: there’s the heart, up in the chest, pumping away at its job of distributing blood throughout the system; look a little lower down toward the back and you’ll find the kidneys, the bean-shaped objects busily filtering the blood as it moves. One moves it, one cleans it. They need each other. It’s a relationship. And it’s complicated. “Kidney disease itself is a risk factor for heart …Read More >

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Blueberry kale salad

Categories: Diabetes  /  Recipes

Did you know massaging your kale can make it much softer and easier to eat? Our endocrinologist Vidhya Illuri said she started Dr. Illuri’s Pantry, “to share healthy recipes with my patients.” “FOOD is medicine!” she added. “When we choose to use healthy food to fuel our bodies it often reduces the need for medications. I love to cook and I want to show my patients that eating healthy doesn’t have to be tasteless or boring, it can be delicious!” Try Dr. Illuri’s kale blueberry salad and add a flavorful side to your new year. Blueberry kale salad: 4 cups …Read More >

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All in the Family: Is Diabetes Genetic?

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For better or for worse, there are many qualities you’ll continue to receive from your parents throughout your lifetime. Studies have found that your driving abilities, your pain tolerance and even your love of coffee can all be based on your genetics. Genetics can even play a role in determining the likelihood that you’ll develop certain diseases, including diabetes. Is diabetes genetic? “There’s a very strong family component to type 2 diabetes,” says Dr. Alberto O. Chavez, an endocrinologist at the University Health System Texas Diabetes Institute in San Antonio. “If you have one parent who has type 2 diabetes, …Read More >

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Cauliflower crust pizza

Categories: Diabetes  /  Healthy recipes

Our endocrinologist Dr. Vidhya Illuri started Doctor’s Pantry to help her patients stay healthy. Who doesn’t love pizza? Dr. Illuri’s cauliflower crust pizzas are not only delicious, but also diabetic friendly! Cauliflower crust: Preheat oven to 400 degrees 1 (12 oz.) package of riced cauliflower 1 egg 1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese 1/4 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. garlic powder 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning Bake 25-35 minutes. Cheese pizza: 4 Tbsp. sugar-free tomato sauce 4 Tbsp. shredded mozzarella Handful of basil Bake 8-10 minutes. Pesto pizza: 4 Tbsp. pesto 3 Tbsp. goat cheese ½ cup mushrooms 1 diced bell pepper Handful …Read More >

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Stopping trouble before it begins

Categories: Diabetes  /  News  /  Research

Diabetes is called a silent epidemic because many people don’t know they have it until the disease does considerable harm to their organs and blood vessels over many years. But for others who fall into the category doctors call prediabetes, they can see it coming. And researchers at the Texas Diabetes Institute are looking at ways of helping them keep it at bay. “It’s very important to be able to find people early, to be able to help them, because once diabetes begins there is no prevention. It’s all treatment,” Dr. Alberto Chavez-Velasquez, an endocrinol ogist and associate professor of medicine …Read More >

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Schooling adults on the best ways to lose weight and stay healthy

Categories: Diabetes  /  Heart Health  /  News  /  Research

For more than 20 years, a bilingual school health program known as Bienestar, the brainchild of Dr. Roberto Trevino, has been teaching elementary and middle school students throughout San Antonio and South Texas the skills to stay healthy and avoid the twin epidemics of obesity and diabetes. University Health System provided some early funding and support for the work. On Valentine’s Day, Dr. Trevino — director of the Social & Health Research Center in San Antonio — held a news conference at University Health System’s Texas Diabetes Institute to discuss a newly published study that took elements of his Bienestar program …Read More >

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