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Fish Wrapped in Banana Leaves
Makes: 4 servings
Serving Size: 4 oz
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Green Chutney Masala
1 green chili, seeds removed
3 cloves garlic
1/2 cup cilantro leaves
2 Tbsp. grated fresh coconut
1 1/2 lb. sea bass, scaled and cleaned, or 4 (4-oz) fillets
4 pieces banana leaf or 4 Swiss chard leaves
1 Tbsp.sunflower oil
-In a blender, combine the green chutney masala ingredients and blend to a fine paste.
-Evenly apply the paste to the whole fish (or some paste to each fillet), and then wrap the fish tightly in the banana or Swiss chard leaves. Brush the tops of the leaves with the sunflower oil. Place the wrapped fish in a steamer and cook for 15 minutes.
-Cut open the leaf wrapping, slicing away from your body, and carefully release the steam before serving.
Everyone who lives with Type 1 diabetes (T1D) knows that chronic disease can take a toll on your mental well-being, as well as physical health. We’re constantly monitoring, calculating, dosing and troubleshooting, and we never get a day off. Feelings of frustration, exhaustion, and even hopelessness can build up, and if they go unaddressed they potentially can lead to more serious mental health concerns.
A 2014 review of 20 studies that looked at the relationship between T1D and suicide, found that people with T1D also have a higher risk of suicide than the general population.
Are you (or is someone you know) at risk?
Depression is the most common mental health condition associated with suicide and suicidal ideation, or thoughts about suicide, is a symptom of Major Depressive Disorder. We know that people with diabetes are more likely to experience symptoms of depression than people who do not have diabetes. In fact, research shows that people living with T1D are almost twice as likely to develop Major Depressive Disorder compared to the general population.
If you think you’re experiencing symptoms of depression or thoughts of hurting yourself, let your health care team know right away. Symptoms of depression include:
People’s behavior can often give clues that they maybe thinking about suicide. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, warning signs may include:
For African Americans with type 2 diabetes, the glucose-lowering drug metformin may also cut the risk for dementia. The finding comes from a study of 63,202 white people and 10,559 African Americans ages 50 and older who received care from the Veterans Health Administration. The participants, who were mostly male, used at least one medication to treat type 2 diabetes during 2000–2015. Among black patients, the risk for developing dementia was 27 percent lower for those taking metformin than for those using a sulfonylurea. The greatest effect (a 40 percent reduction) was seen in black (but not white) participants between the ages of 50 and 64, though a link between metformin use and lower dementia risk appeared in both black and white people ages 65 to 74. Metformin use wasn’t associated with a reduced dementia risk in people of either race who were age 75 or older. While this study shows an association, it does not prove that taking metformin caused the reduced dementia risk.
Source: Annals of Family Medicine, published online July 10, 2019
World Diabetes Day activity was organized by Alliance for Diabetes and Liver Diseases in collaboration with Dr Akbar Niazi Teaching Hospital at Bara Kahu. The activity was attended by large number of school children who enthusiastically participated in activities. The activities included height & weight checking of children and awareness session on nutrition through nutritional games and activities by Nn. Samra Jamil. An interesting interactive session on anger and development of mental wellbeing of school children was conducted by Ms Semra Salik and Ms Wajiha Kanwal. A large number of patients were screened free for blood sugar, Hepatitis B and C, Cholesterol, Uric acid. BMI, BMD and Biothesiometer tests were also performed. Attendees and patients appreciated the live cooking by Chef Zahid and his Colleague along with display of health and un healthy food arranged by Ms kinza and Ms Ayesha.
Blue Circle ceremony was performed with release of 2000 blue balloons with managing director of Dr Akbar Niazi Teaching Hospital, Dr. Saleem Qureshi, Dr. Baber Saeed along with senior management. The scientific session started with recitation of Holy Quran. Dr Musarrat Iqbal Co-chair of Alliance for Diabetes and Liver Diseases gave a brief introduction about the significance of the World Diabetes Day. Dr Saleem Qureshi chairman of Alliance for Diabetes and Liver Diseases gave a very informative overview about diabetes. Dr Usman From ANH highlighted the importance of advocacy in diabetes. Managing Director Hospital Mr. Yasir Niazi appreciated the efforts of the Alliance for Diabetes and Liver Diseases team instructed his faculty to arrange a conference on diabetes research, prevention and advocacy.
This was followed by workshops conducted on important aspects of diabetes management. Injection techniques and SMBG workshops was conducted by Dr Shehzad of PAFA, Hypoglycemia by Dr Iqbal of PAFP and Foot Care by Dr Azeem Lodhi from TDC. Diabetes Depression workshop was conducted by Ms Semra Salik and Healthy Nutrition by Nn. Samra Jamil. The management of ANH had arranged a delicious lunch for the organizers and faculty members.
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People with type 1 diabetes are at a heightened risk for mental health issues, including diabetes distress, depression, anxiety, and disordered eating. However, these are all treatable disorders. It is important to pay attention to your feelings about having diabetes or taking care of someone who has diabetes. Talk to your physician, or your diabetes educator, or anyone you feel comfortable with on your diabetes care team. They can help you connect to mental health care, whether it is with a counselor, a therapist, a psychiatrist, or a social worker. Having support to live with diabetes is essential. Sometimes talking to a friend with diabetes can also be helpful.