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Mineral of the Month: Selenium     

What does it do?  Selenium combines with proteins to make selenoproteins, which have been shown to have antioxidant properties that help prevent cell damage from free radicals.  Some of these selenoproteins help control thyroid function or play a role in the immune system.  Selenium may also prevent or slow tumor growth.  

Top Food Sources:  Most of the selenium in our body comes from our diet! Meat, fish, poultry, grain products and some types of nuts are all good sources of selenium in the US.  

Brazil nuts, 1 oz:  544 mcg

Light canned Tuna, 3 oz:  63 mcg  

Beef, cooked, 3.5 oz: 35 mcg 


Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA):   

Male & Female Adults: 55 mcg/day  

Pregnancy:  60 mcg/day

Lactation:  70 mcg/day 


Did you know ..... 
The content of selenium in food depends on the selenium content of the soil where plants are grown or animals are raised.  


Information from the National Institute of Health's Office of Dietary Supplements

Thanksgiving is coming soon...   

Our next nutrition class will be held in November (day and time to be determined.) "Happy & Healthy Thanksgiving" will focus on healthy eating while still enjoying your holiday favorites! For more information, or to register for the class, please contact our Registered Dietitian, Kelley Bradshaw MS, RD. 

Phone: (925) 930-7267  





Discuss your Diet with a Registered Dietitian!   

Confused about calcium? Lost about leafy greens? Questions about quinoa? A Registered Dietitian (RD) can answer all these questions and more in a nutrition consultation.  You will review your diet and exercise regimen and focus on behavior modification.  It's all part of small steps towards a healthier you! As a service to the community, Diablo Clinical Research's nutrition consultations are specially priced at $50/hour. For more information, please contact our Registered Dietitian, Kelley Bradshaw MS, RD. 

Phone: (925) 930-7267  

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month!  NBCAM is a partnership of national public service organizations, professional medical associations, and government agencies working together to promote breast cancer awareness, share information on the disease, and provide greater access to screening services.  For more information, please visit http://www.nbcam.org/.

Advancing Health Newsletter October 2011

Nutrition Myths Debunked:   

Sugar Free Desserts 

" I have type 2 diabetes.  I've been told to watch my blood sugar, so I only eat sugar-free desserts when I want something sweet. It's better than the regular versions, right?"


     Yes...and no.  A key component in dietary management of diabetes is to focus on the total number of carbohydrates in the foods that you eat.  Sugar is just one type of carbohydrate.  Unlike complex carbohydrates and fiber, sugar is readily broken down by the body to be used as energy or stored as fat.  When we have diabetes, our body isn't as efficient in bringing our blood sugar levels back to normal after a high carbohydrate meal.  Foods and beverages that are high in sugar are naturally high in carbohydrates.  Some foods that are low in sugar, such as rice, are high total carbohydrates.  However, all carbohydrates, regardless if they have sugar or not, will still raise your blood sugar/ blood glucose levels.  

     Portion size is another thing to keep in mind.  A food may be "sugar-free" or have a "low carb" version, but if we have 2-3 times the recommended serving, it can easily add up to a high carbohydrate food.  When sugar is removed from desserts, it is replaced with an artificial sweetener and other chemicals to mimic the taste of the original product. These chemicals don't satisfy our taste buds, which usually causes us to eat more! Thus we're actually taking in more carbohydrates with these sugar-free products. 

     Some people like to deduct fiber or sugar alcohols from the total number of carbohydrates.  Non-starchy vegetables are the original "low-carb" foods, so it you're getting most of your carbohydrates from these foods, there's little need to focus on this "net carb" number.  If you're eating foods that have sugar alcohols in them, such as sugar-free chocolate, the total carbohydrate amount is still greater than the sugar alcohol content.  Keep in mind that regular consumption of sugar alcohols can cause indigestion and laxative effects in some individuals.  

  Remember:  just because something is "sugar free" doesn't mean that it is "carbohydrate-free" or "calorie-free".   All desserts should be considered "sometimes foods", meaning you don't want to eat them every single day.  Limit your consumption of "sugar-free" desserts just like you would their higher sugar counterparts. 


"The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like, and do what you'd rather not."                                             --Mark Twain 


Win a FREE 1 hour nutrition consultation!


Help us improve nutrition education classes at DCR!  Take our survey and you'll be entered to win a FREE 1-hour nutrition consultation.

Survey at: 

Type II Diabetes Research
Are you having difficulty managing your diabetes with diet and exercise alone? OR... Are you having difficulty managing your diabetes on metformin alone?

If you have answered yes to either of these questions, we invite you to contact us about this clinical research study.  You must be: 
  • Generally Healthy
  • 18 to 80 years of age
And must be able to answer yes to one of the following:
  • Do you have type 2 diabetes mellitus not adequately controlled by diet and exercise alone?


  • Do you have type 2 diabetes mellitus not adequately controlled by metformin alone?
Investigational study medication and study-related procedures are at no charge.  This study includes 14 clinic visits over a 17-18 week period.

Please inquire:  (925) 930-7267     

or email:  studies@diabloclinical.com  


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To find out if you qualify, or for more information,  

contact: 925-930-7267

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