Posted: November 27th, 2013 | Author: kovlerdaily | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends to gather and give thanks for all their blessings. It is also a time of tradition for all to gather around the dining room and enjoy favorite food, beverages and desserts.
For those with diabetes, this day may be fraught with anxiety and frustration since it is so food-centric. However, with a little advanced planning, it can still be an enjoyable time without causing widely fluctuating blood sugars.
Here are some tips to help enjoy the day!
- Be sure to eat your regular meals that day to keep your blood sugars more stable. By skipping meals to save up for the “main event” may cause your blood sugars to fluctuate widely.
- Be sure to get some extra physical activity that day. While it is not anyone’s intention to overeat, taking a walk before and after the meal can help the body digest better as well as help lower the blood sugars overall.
- Skip the caloric beverages: stick to calorie-free drinks so you can enjoy the calories and carbohydrates with the foods.
- It is ok to have dessert, but stick to the “three bite” rule. Having a small portion is just as satisfying.
- While the Thanksgiving meal tends to be high carb choices, make sure you limit the amount you put on your plate.
- Use the Thanksgiving Plate below as a guide to help you choose the foods you will eat.
INSTEAD OF THIS:
Have a good Thanksgiving holiday!
Posted: November 25th, 2013 | Author: kovlerdaily | Filed under: Events, Individual and Family Wellness Program, Research and Grants | Tags: adult stem cell project, beta cell encapsulation, clinical research in pump and sensor technology, friends for the cure, fundraising for research, genetics and diabetes, health and wellness program | No Comments »
Dr. Louis Philipson describes research projects to attendees.
Last Wednesday, friends gathered at the University of Chicago Kovler Diabetes Center to celebrate a bright future for cure-focused diabetes research. Attendees were members of the Friends for the Cure committee, assembled to discuss plans and progress for the Mardi For a Cure benefit gala to be held on March 1st 2014.
Friends for the Cure is a committee of friends and family united with the common goal of raising funds to find a cure for diabetes. Focused primarily on finding a cure for type 1, this dedicated crew of over 60 individuals throws unique, once-in-a-lifetime parties every year to raise money to support diabetes research. This year’s event, Mardi for a Cure, takes on the theme of a New Orleans Mardi Gras party to raise money for cure-focused diabetes research here at the Kovler Diabetes Center.
Fellow Kovler researcher gives insight into one of the diabetes research labs
At this special meeting at the University of Chicago, Friends for the Cure committee members discussed achievements in the planning process for the event. They also had the opportunity to tour the Kovler Diabetes Center labs and discuss with researchers how and when we can expect a cure for diabetes to emerge. After seeing research in action, the committee decided on five research projects to support with funds raised by the Mardi for a Cure:
- Beta Cell Encapsulation: Research into the idea of “shrink-wrapping” insulin-secreting beta cells during islet transplantation. A successful method would avoid rejection during the transplant and allow the individual to secrete insulin using the transplanted cells!
- Clinical Research in Pump and Sensor Technology: Testing the most advanced technologies in insulin pumps and glucose meters here in Chicago to discover the most precise methods of diabetes management.
- Adult Stem Cell Project: Investigating the use of adult stem cells to generate insulin-producing beta cells, which avoids the complications of a transplant.
- Genetics and Diabetes: Building on the original work of Dean Kenneth Polonsky and Dr. Graeme Bell, and now Dr. Philipson, Dr. Greeley, and Dr. Naylor to emphasize precision genetic medicine in diabetes diagnosis and treatment.
- Health and Wellness Program: Sustaining an innovative program exclusive to the Kovler Diabetes Center that focuses on the psychosocial impact of diabetes on ALL patients and families.
This is a diverse collection of projects that seek to not only find a cure in the near future, but also improve the lives of those living with diabetes right now. The Kovler Diabetes Center is incredibly honored to be the recipient of ALL the proceeds from Mardi for a Cure to continue this important research!
We hope you will come have a blast with us at this once-in-a-lifetime party! Save the dates have already been mailed. To get yours, email email@example.com. To learn about everything Friends for the Cure is doing to find a cure here in Chicago and to stay up-to-date about the event, like Friends for the Cure on Facebook.
Posted: November 20th, 2013 | Author: kovlerdaily | Filed under: Advocacy, Tyree Diabetes Educational Library | No Comments »
On Thursday November 14th, the Kovler Diabetes Center celebrated World Diabetes Day with an open house in their brand new Jim Tyree Diabetes Education Library. Patients, staff, and guests from all over the University of Chicago Medicine came up to the new library space in DCAM 5A to check out this new patient service. Attendees had the opportunity to enter to win one of Kovler’s favorite diabetes friendly cookbooks from the library collection, enjoy a healthy snack, and take a tour or the library. Isaiah Horton, member of the resource librarian team, took guests on personal tours to show what the library could do to help keep them and their families healthy. Isaiah showed them how they could access and print from websites recommended by our Certified Diabetes Educators, interact with the Kovler Diabetes Center’s online resources via a touchscreen monitor, request personalized print materials to take home with them, and read from the library’s growing collection of diabetes related resource texts and cookbooks. The open house was a great way for Kovler to mark World Diabetes Day here in Chicago and give patients, staff, and visitors the opportunity to see how they can take action to improve their lives with diabetes and help prevent diabetes in their families.
November is Diabetes Month — come see what the Jim Tyree Diabetes Education Library can do for you!
Posted: November 18th, 2013 | Author: kovlerdaily | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
Summer may be long gone, but that is no reason to banish salads from your menu! Here is a great recipe for a fall salad that uses in-season beets and sweet potatoes and can be served warm or cold depending on your mood.
This recipe also uses wheat berries, the whole wheat kernel that becomes whole wheat flour when milled. Wheat berries lend a crunchy texture and nutty flavor to this salad, and are a great source of fiber! Furthermore, this recipe is low in calories, low in sodium, and has a ton of heart healthy ingredients. Pair this side salad with grilled chicken for a great meal, or double the serving to turn this into an entree salad.
Roasted Beet and Sweet Potato Salad with Wheat Berries, Goat Cheese, and Toasted Pecans (Serves 5)
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1 large sweet potato
1 large beet
½ cup dry wheat berries (Can be found in the bulk section of some grocery stores. One can also substitute brown rice to make this salad gluten free!)
1 4oz package of goat cheese
1 tsp EACH fresh, chopped rosemary, sage, and thyme
salt and pepper to taste
1 bag fresh arugula
3 tablespoons toasted pecan pieces
drizzle of olive oil (1 per serving)
drizzle of balsamic vinegar (1 per serving)
Preheat oven to 400F.
Bring the wheat berries and 1.5 cups of water to a boil in a saucepan with a lid. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until wheat berries are tender. Add water as necessary until the berries Drain any remaining water.)
Wash the sweet potato and beet. Chop both into ½ inch cubes, drizzle with 1 tsp olive oil and toss veggies to coat. Bake until soft, about 20 minutes.
Chop rosemary, sage, and thyme. In a mixing bowl, combine cooked wheat berries, roasted veggies, and chopped herbs. Add salt and pepper to taste.
This mixture can be made ahead and kept in the fridge until ready to serve.
Place a heaping handful of arugula on a plate. Spoon 1/5th of the wheat berry mixture on top of the arugula (Mixture can be hot or cold—it’s up to you!) Crumble 1/5th of the goat cheese on top, along with 1/5th of the toasted pecans. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar and serve.
This would be a great seasonal salad to serve at your Thanksgiving or holiday meal. Try it out and let us know what you think!
Posted: November 11th, 2013 | Author: kovlerdaily | Filed under: Events | Tags: chocolate mousse, k4k, kohl children's museum, Kovler for Kids, louis philipson, recipe | No Comments »
For the third year in a row the Kovler Diabetes Center invited families to learn and play at the Kohl Children’s Museum in Glenview.
Kovler’s kids had the museum all to themselves that morning! With our great crew of volunteer playmates they learned all about how cars work, how to ring up items in the grocery store, and how to build an effective sandwich assembly line. Kids also had a blast with our favorite Origami teacher, Bruce Myers, and Kovler’s own pediatrics resident Dr Michelle Blanco, who led kids through the museum’s science exhibit.
While the kids had a blast in the museum, parents had some well-deserved quiet time with Kovler’s diabetes experts. According to the event’s first speaker, clinical psychologist Tina Drossos, PhD, “Taking care of a chronically ill child is one of the most draining and difficult tasks a parent can face.” Drossos went on to say that even though having a child with diabetes in the family can be very challenging, it can have some positive effects too: families live healthier lifestyles, children learn to be more confident and independent at an early age, and bonds between family members strengthen as a result of a diabetes diagnosis.
Amy Hess-Fischl, RD, CDE and Chef Jenifer Bucko Lamplough also took a positive outlook on a diabetes friendly diet. Amy shared her favorite tips and tricks for the holidays while Lamplough showed the audience that diabetes friendly deserts can be super easy AND super delicious. Lamplough demonstrated her quick and unexpectedly delicious recipe for chocolate mouse, and then all families had the opportunity to enjoy the treat together. Let’s just say Chef Jen’s chocolate mousse will definitely be on Kovler’s Thanksgiving menu! (It can be on yours too—see recipe below.)
Finally, Dr. Lou Philipson shared with attendees information about the newest technologies in diabetes care and explained Kovler’s use of clinical trials to develop more personalized treatments and work toward finding a cure. According to parent Robin Smith, “Dr. Philipson’s explanation of the clinical trials was so succinct and to the point. I really appreciate the effort it took to take something so complicated and break it down into parts and then to put the parts in context of funding, effectiveness and future hope. He is truly a tremendous force!”
We are so thankful to all of our attendees for coming out on Sunday, and to the Kohl Children’s Museum for hosting us. We are already looking forward to next year’s event—we hope to see you there!
(A recipe by ADA Cookbook Author, Chef Jennifer Bucko Lamplough)
Meal Type: Dessert
Yield: ~4 servings
Serving Size: ½ cup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
- 1¼ cup skim milk
- 1 0.4-ounce sugar-free, fat-free instant chocolate pudding mix
- 4 ounces fat-free whipped topping, plus 4 tablespoons
- Cocoa powder
- 4 strawberries, sliced
In a medium bowl, stir in pudding mix to milk and whisk for 2 minutes.
Gently fold in 4 ounces whipped topping.
Pour ½ cup mousse into individual dishes.
Top each with 1 tablespoon whipped topping and dust with cocoa powder. Top with sliced strawberry.
Chef Tip: Serve this chocolate mousse at your next dinner party – your guests will have no idea it’s reduced in fat, sugar and calories!
Posted: November 6th, 2013 | Author: kovlerdaily | Filed under: Events | Tags: chipotle, fundraise, research | No Comments »
Present this flyer at any Chicagoland Chipotle location so that 50% of your purchase can benefit Kovler research!
Please join us TOMORROW November 6th for a delicious fundraiser for the University of Chicago Medicine Kovler Diabetes Center!
On November 6th ONLY, head to any Chicagoland Chipotle location, show the flyer on your smartphone (or print a copy to bring with you), and 50% of the proceeds from your purchases will go directly to the Kovler Diabetes Center!
This is a great opportunity to support everything that Kovler does for its community and help us continue to provide free educational events for all ages, to support our peer-to-peer mentoring program which helps develop good diabetes management, and to perform ground-breaking research focused toward finding a cure to this life-altering disease. Every 1 out of 9 Chicagoans suffers from diabetes. Help us change this.
Thank you for your support! To find your nearest Chipotle location, click here
. Join the movement and tweet a selfie of you and your Chipotle burrito using #BurritofulCause.
Posted: October 29th, 2013 | Author: kovlerdaily | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
Halloween is a much anticipated holiday, known for creative costumes, fun scares, and of course…candy. For many people and families living with diabetes, this holiday may seem like a challenge to manage blood sugars. However, there is no reason why a person living with diabetes cannot partake in all Halloween festivities.
Here are some tips to help make Halloween great for the whole family and allow everyone to have both the tricks and the treats.
- Focus on favorites. A person living with diabetes can have candy just like everyone else. Moderation is a good rule of thumb for everyone.
- If you are taking insulin to cover carbohydrates, utilize food labels on the back of candy packages and websites/apps like Calorie King to figure out carbohydrate amounts.
- Donate some unused candy to community centers or churches.
- Consider buying candy that isn’t your favorite. This way if there are leftovers they won’t be as tempting.
- Have other non-candy Halloween treats available such as apples, popcorn, or sugar free jello.
- Consider buying non-food items for treats such as little toys, plastic spider rings, or stickers.
- Plan other activities to focus on such as carving a jack-o-lantern, decorating your home, enjoying a haunted house, or having a coloring contest.
- Create a trade in system for candy where kids can give some candy to get a toy or book.
- Save some candy to use in the future to treat hypoglycemia, such as Smarties or Nerds. (It is best to not use chocolate or other high fat candy for treatment of hypoglycemia).
- Have a discussion as a family and come up with a game plan. Encourage the same guidelines for everyone.
Happy Halloween from our Kovler family to yours.
Julia Socke, RD, LDN, CDE
Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator and Outreach Coordinator
Posted: October 28th, 2013 | Author: kovlerdaily | Filed under: Diabetes Resources, Events | Tags: eve, jim, library, tyree | No Comments »
Attendees gather last Wednesday night at the Tyree Library to celebrate its opening.
On Wednesday October 23rd Kovler celebrated a huge milestone: the completion of the Jim Tyree Diabetes Education Library in the DCAM 5th Floor Endocrinology clinic space. The completion of the library marks a massive step toward the launch of the James C Tyree Diabetes Care and Innovation Program, a huge undertaking made possible by a generous 10-year gift by the James C Tyree Foundation. Friends and family of Jim Tyree, James C Tyree Foundation board members, Kovler Board Members, and Kovler faculty gathered in the space to celebrate Jim’s life and the huge impact his legacy will have on diabetes care and education at the University of Chicago Medicine Kovler Diabetes Center.
Eve Tyree, Jim’s wife of 15 years, spoke of how this new library, coupled with the top-quality care provided by our physicians and educators, will give patients the best chance of success in the management of their diabetes. According to Eve, Jim“treated everyone as family; he had his Mesirow Financial family, his Kovler Diabetes Center family, and our family. It seems fitting that we celebrate and honor his life by creating a space for people to feel not like patients, but like family. When someone is family, you don’t hesitate to help them out, to give them what they need to succeed.”
Eve Tyree gives a few words at the opening ceremony.
The personalized resources available at the library will enhance and expand diabetes education for members of the University of Chicago Kovler Diabetes Center family and beyond, giving them the best chance for successful management of their diabetes.
Guests also had the opportunity to speak with members of the Tyree Library Resource Team, a group of friendly students and volunteers who will staff the library during opening hours. The team spoke to guests enthusiastically about the extensive list of new capabilities the library will provide:
- On-site resource team member available to direct patients to resources tailored to their needs and to assemble a collection of personalized materials
- Extensive collection of booklets, heath guides, and cookbooks on a wide variety of topics including carb- counting, foot care, and diabetes-friendly vegetarian cooking
- A selection of diabetes books and activities for kids
- First-of-its-kind touchscreen monitor that allows patrons to explore the wide range of resources available at kovlerdiabetescenter.org in an interactive, patient-driven way.
- Computer station with limited, access to websites and tutorials approved by our Certified Diabetes Educators
- Printer access so that patients–who may not have internet access at home–can print out relevant materials to take with them
- Big plasma screen in the space that can be used to play educational videos, teleconference with professionals, or as an aid for diabetes education classes
- Plasma screens in diabetes education rooms that can be used to display lab results, show patient tutorials, and more
- Constructive activities to engage patients both before and after appointments
- Opportunity to obtain valuable information for research and improvement measures
- Opportunity to advertise the various diabetes education classes and events that Kovler offers to patients on a regular basis
We are very excited to introduce patients and visitors to the Jim Tyree Diabetes Education Library at our official opening on November 4th, to mark the beginning of Diabetes Awareness Month. Please come by and say hello to our friendly Resource Librarians! Also, stay tuned for news about our library open house on November 14th!
Posted: October 16th, 2013 | Author: kovlerdaily | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
Next Monday, October 21st, marks the opening of the James C. Tyree Library and Diabetes Education Center. Located in Kovler’s endocrinology outpatient clinic in DCAM, it will serve as a convenient and useful way for patients to learn about their diabetes when they come into the Kovler Center to receive treatment. As the head of the Diabetes Patient Navigators team, I will be in the Tyree Library every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday to offer personalized patient attention and guide patients to resources that best fit their needs! Other members of the team include Carla Henault, fellow undergrad Monica Lanning, and research assistant Isaiah Horton.
The library will contain an extensive collection of booklets, health guides, cookbooks, and other resources that will be matched to patients based on their determined needs. These materials cover all topics from carb-counting to foot care to school safety, so I’m sure that there will be something helpful in the library for each and every patient who visits Kovler. If patients want to do some independent research, there are also several computers set-up with links to useful websites that they will be able to browse, as well as a printer so they can take this information home with them.
I know I’m not speaking for myself when I say one of the worst things about going to the doctor is sitting around waiting for my name to be called after getting checked in. This is one more place I and the other patient navigators will be able to interact with patients. When not helping patients use the computers or finding the perfect resource guide to meet their needs, we’ll have the opportunity to engage patients in other projects the Kovler Center is working on. Instead of just sitting around twiddling their thumbs while they wait, patients will have the option of completing interviews and surveys that will benefit a variety of people and projects, including Dr. Tina Drossos’s research, quality improvement measurements to ensure further ADA support, and investigative components of both the Care Coordination program and Dr. Thomas’s upcoming Peer-to-Peer Program.
As this is just the beginning of the Tyree Library, there is no way of telling what the future holds. Over the coming months, I and the rest of the Patient Navigation team will be working diligently with the Diabetes Educators and rest of the Kovler staff to develop ideas for more resources such as video sessions, iPad apps, and online tools that will further assist with patient education and outreach efforts. Be sure to be on the lookout for more news about the James C. Tyree Library and the work that the Patient Navigation Team will be doing!
Kovler Collegiate Extern
Posted: October 11th, 2013 | Author: kovlerdaily | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
I recently had the pleasure co-chairing and partnering with my esteemed colleagues in diabetes from throughout the United States at a spectacular meeting put together by my dear friend Lee Ducat, co-founder of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation (now JDRF) and National Disease Research Interchange (NDRI).
This national conference, The Mental Health Issues of Diabetes, was designed to identify and discuss the core psychosocial issues that could be organized into standards to integrate mental health care and diabetes care throughout the lifespan. As co-chair alongside friends like Lee Ducat, Dr. Arthur Rubenstein and Barbara Anderson, PhD, we also wanted to utilize the expertise of those who attended this conference to develop a model for screening all individuals with diabetes for risk factors related to depression, anxiety, drug addiction, suicide and eating disorders. This new paradigm would equally prioritize the physical and emotional health of those living with diabetes. Not least, we wanted insight on how to pay for these services.
Attendees included a “who’s who” in diabetes care and mental health from institutions throughout the United States. In particular, my friends from Chicago- Dr. Tina Drossos from U of C/Kovler, Dr. John Rolland from U of C and the Center for Family Health, and Jill Weissberg-Benchell, PhD, CDE from Lurie Children’s beautifully highlighted their work in relation to children, families and young adults. I was also inspired by Dr. Rubenstein, a mentor as well as a colleague, and my childhood friend Dr. Fran Cogen, MD, CDE (one of the few with those two credentials) from Washington Children’s Hospital.
We connected, shared and reacted to the great need for mental health professionals and physicians to work together to support those facing the challenges of diabetes, and to provide them with targeted resources, not just in crisis, but from the moment they are diagnosed with diabetes, and in some cases even before. That was highlighted by Dr Ake Lernmark who spoke about his TEDDY study identifying hundred of young people who are islet antibody positive and who are at high risk to develop Type 1 diabetes.
Thanks to the work of other attendees include Dr. Marion Rewers from the Barbara Davis Center in Denver, Eileen Gelick from JDRF/Chicago and esteemed colleague Dr. Alan Jacobson from the Joslin Diabetes Center and Winthrop Hospital (NY), and Drs Laffel and Wolpert, also from Joslin, we learned a great deal about where we’ve been, and where we need to go in order to improve the lives of people living with diabetes. See this website for a complete list of participants and description of the sessions.
In the end, we all left the meeting with a sense of urgency to work with our teams at home to improve the quality of life and emotional well-being of those with diabetes in our care. We are also planning on how to continue the effort and engage with other professional societies in this area. To often the psychologists to one set of meetings and the endocrinologists another, so this was a rare opportunity to interact. We also need to bring other health professionals including RDs, CDEs, MSWs and child life workers into the conversation. Summaries of the recommendations are being prepared for publication and will serve as the basis for conversations with insurers and accountable health care organizations.
I am grateful for the work we are doing here in Chicago, and for the work our partners Dr. Tina Drossos and Dr. John Rolland does every day to help those who struggle with life’s challenges- beyond diabetes – and teach them that they have a team who cares.
Louis Philipson, M.D., Ph.D., FACP
Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics- Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
Director, Kovler Diabetes Center