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Diabetes and Eye Exams

Why do people with diabetes need eye exams?
Diabetes (also called high blood sugar) can lead to eye problems that cause vision loss or blindness. Everyone with diabetes should have eye exams. The longer you have diabetes, the more likely you will have eye problems. By the time you notice any vision problems, your eyes may already be seriously damaged. A complete exam can help find symptoms early. Early treatment may help protect your vision.

An eye exam can check for common eye problems that can develop over a period of years.

Perfect recipe for today from Cookie & Kate: Spiced Vegan Lentil Soup

This is a perfect recipe for a snowy Colorado spring day from the Cookie and Kate blog.

Vegan Lentil Soup

Author: Cookie and Kate

Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 45 mins

Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

This simple vegan lentil soup recipe comes together quickly with mostly pantry ingredients. Be sure to have your ingredients prepped and ready before you start cooking! Recipe yields four large bowls of soup, or six more modest servings.


1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 medium yellow or white onion, chopped

Research Corner #2

Research Corner – The latest headlines in Health and Wellness Research!

Sleep and soda:
Researchers examined data on 19,000 individuals and found that adults who sleep 5 hours or less per night drink more caffeinated sugary soda than individuals who sleep more than 5 hours per night. Soda and lack of sleep are independently linked to obesity.

"Using Walking Meditation for Stress Relief" from

Want to learn more about the health benefits of walking? Read this article from below.

Meditation is one of the great stress management techniques because it carries many varied benefits. However, more than a few people have found it to be challenging at first. Walking meditation provides the benefits of meditation combined with the benefits of exercise, and has the bonus benefit of being easy to learn, thereby making walking meditation a great technique for those new to meditation.

Here's how walking meditation works:

Difficulty: Easy

"15 Healthy Foods For Heart Disease" from

Want to read about foods that fight heart disease? Read this article below from

Following a healthy diet is a recommended way to prevent heart disease and there appears to be growing consensus on what a heart-healthy diet looks like. In addition to the fundamentals, certain foods are being explored for their potential cardiovascular benefits. While much of the research is in the earliest stages, some of these foods may make tasty additions to your regular grocery list. Here's the scoop on 15 of these foods with some delicious ways to prepare them!

Food of the Month: Lentils

Why eat lentils:

One cup of lentils contains 50% or more of the recommended daily intake for 5 vitamins and minerals! Lentils are rich in both soluble and insoluble fiber, which help to reduce cholesterol, stabilize blood sugar levels and to maintain healthy bowel function. They are high in protein, low in fat and that one cup of lentils is only 230 calories. Now that’s a bargain!

How to eat lentils:

"The Healthy Perks of Peanut Butter" from

Read the article below from to learn about the health benefits of peanut butter!

You have to love it when a good-for-you food tastes good, too. That’s exactly the case with peanut butter (or any nut butter, for that matter).

Peanut butter is loaded with so many healthy-promoting nutrients, including vitamin E, magnesium, iron, selenium and vitamin B6. Research shows that people who regularly eat nuts and nut butter, including peanut butter, are less likely to develop heart disease and type 2 diabetes.