Letter to the Editor

Low-Carb Cocktails Cause Concern

As a diabetes educator, I was disheartened to read the “Low-Carb Cocktails” article in your December 2005 issue (“Low-Carb Cocktails: Lift Spirits—Not BGs.”).

Some of the recipes are very high in saturated fat (butter, heavy cream, egg yolks). Since when are diabetes and heart disease separate entities?

Also, where are the cautions about hypoglycemia and the use of alcohol? About the use of metformin and alcohol?

Diabetes is not just about carbohydrates. This publication should not cater only to people on ultra-low-carbohydrate diets—it is geared toward people with diabetes and must address other areas of concern, not just carbohydrates.

Laurie Porcaro, RN, CDE, CPT
Middletown, New York

We submitted this letter to our Food Editor, Gerri French, MS, RD, CDE, for her response.

Dear Laurie, thanks for your letter addressing your concerns with the December article “Low Carb Cocktails”.

We agree that a caution about alcohol alongside this article would have made the article more complete. Regarding your criticism of the high saturated fat content of the recipes, we feel that many of our readers with diabetes enjoy recipes for treats that they normally do not eat or drink year-round. They can choose to “indulge” or not controlling the portion so that it fits in with their nutrition program.

Diabetes Health does not “only cater to people on ultra low carbohydrate diets” as you suggest, although our recipes are somewhat lower in carbohydrate than many traditional recipes. We feel that there are many other resources available for higher-carbohydrate recipes.

Gerri French, MS, RD, CDE
Food Editor, Diabetes Health Magazine


I Love My Ascensia Dex 2

The “Sidekick” article in the December 2005 issue was interesting (“You’ll Get a Kick Out of the New Sidekick”).

However, for an active individual, nothing beats the Ascensia Dex 2. I have used it since before it hit the marketplace, and I have tried almost everything that has come out since. The Dex is self-contained, small and lightweight. Refills are extremely lightweight, easy to carry and install. All you need is the meter and a sticker—no third vial nor strips to handle. It has a simple two-handed operation without the user having to juggle a third item. I have used it walking down busy streets and through crowded malls and while refereeing a soccer match in front of 5,000 fans—and no one noticed what I was doing.

The AccuChek drum meter is not bad, particularly with 17 test sensors; but it is heavier, bulkier and awkward to use compared to the Dex. The key for an active person is to eliminate both the test strip vial and the need to handle a test strip.

Ted Martin Woodbridge,
New Jersey


Reader’s Insulin Lasts More Than 30 Days

I have been a type 1 diabetic for 35 years, and I have noticed a change in the recommended storing temperatures for insulin. In the old days, all insulin was to be stored in the refrigerator until the expiration date, but in more recent years, the instructions have changed to indicate that only unused bottles need to be kept in the refrigerator and bottles presently in use can be stored at room temperature for 30 days.

Manufacturers also indicate that it is not possible to extend the period of use of a bottle, even if it is kept in the refrigerator. My personal experience runs counter to this.

As a longtime reader of your magazine, I have watched you go through name and format changes, and I commend you on your efforts to communicate the latest research to help diabetics such as myself make intelligent decisions on their care.

Steve Latshaw
West Hills, California

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