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Amazing Amino Acids!
Grocery Store Nutrition Class
Meet a Registered Dietitian
Coming Soon...exercise at DCR!
Recipe Round Up
Volunteer for a Clinical Study!

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Essential Amino Acid Profile:  Leucine

Amino acids are the building blocks for protein.  Most amino acids can be converted into glucose, or energy that our body needs to function. Essential amino acids cannot be made by our body so we must get them through food sources.         

What does Leucine do?
  Our muscle, adipose and liver tissues all use leucine.  It has the ability to stimulate muscle production and growth.  It also helps the body recover from exercise. Leucine is one of the branched-chain amino acids (BCAA), which fuel muscle metabolism and protect muscle from breaking down in times of stress, such as severe burns, cirrhosis, infection
and even surgery.
Top Food Sources: soy protein, beef, peanuts, fish, wheat germ, almonds, eggs 


Did you know ..... Infants with Maple Syrup Urine Disease, a rare metabolic disorder, are not able to able to break down branched-chain amino acids like leucine.  This causes a build up of these amino acids, resulting in sweet yet distinctive smelling urine. 

December Grocery Store Tour

Our nutrition class is going on the road! Our next class will be held on Wednesday December 14th, 2011 from 10-11am. We will be going to Trader Joe's in Concord. Please note that space is limited for 6-8 participants per class. We still are hoping to add additional grocery store tours in December, so stay tuned! 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  


Fitness classes in the new year! 

Starting in January, we will be offering FREE low-impact exercise classes.  Dates are to be determined, but classes will start after 4:30pm.


For more information, please contact our Registered Dietitian, Kelley Bradshaw MS, RD. 

Phone: (925) 930-7267  

Advancing Health Newsletter December  2011

Happy Holidays!  


As 2011 ends and we look forward to 2012, we want to express our gratitude to all of our patients who volunteered to participate in a study this year.  It is because of your time and commitment that we are able to work together toward finding better treatments, learning about new possibilities, enhancing day to day living and, perhaps, ultimately saving lives.


Although participating in a study does not guarantee that you will receive medication, it does guarantee that you will receive as much time and attention as you need to understand your medical condition and the study that you are participating in.  Our medical staff always strives to ensure that your experience in a study is one that enriches your life by empowering you to take control of your health.


We also pride ourselves on offering free and low cost classes and testing as a service to our community.  We hope that if you or someone you know does not have access to these services that you will call and make an appointment with us; we know that information is the key to good medical care and if you are in need of this medical information and have no way of obtaining it, we are pleased to provide whatever help and information we can. 


We offer free/low cost classes with our registered dietitian (see this and previous newsletters or visit us on  Facebook for more information) and free/low cost testing for: blood glucose, hemoglobin A1c, cholesterol, blood pressure, heel scans/full bone density testing for bone health.  Please call for yourself or "Share the Health" with a friend or loved one whose health may benefit from our services.


We hope to see you here in our clinic during 2012, but most of all, we hope that this coming year is healthy and prosperous for each of you.


To good health and good cheer,


Diablo Clinical Research staff


Calorie-crazy Cocktails:  

What's in your favorite holiday drink?  

We tend to forget that holiday desserts and candies aren't the only treats that are full of sugar and calories.  Many of our favorite holiday beverages can easily add up to a meal's worth of calories.  Take a look at the calories and carbohydrates in your favorite drink, then read on for a few tips on how to slim down your beverage.
calories in cocktails  
  • Don't forget the food!  It may seem like a good idea to skimp on calories at dinner, but drinking on an empty stomach can speed up the effects of alcohol in a negative way.  Alcohol can also temporarily lower blood sugar, which can be dangerous for those with diabetes. 
  • 1 cocktail, 1 water:  Cut down on calories and alcohol by drinking water between your alcoholic beverages. It's also a great way to stay hydrated, which will help prevent a nasty hangover. Ask your bartender to refill your glass and add a lime wedge--no one else will know if you're drinking vodka & soda or just plain old water. 
  • Keep it simple:  The more ingredients in your drink, the more calories and carbohydrates it's likely to have.  Try to keep your drink to 3 or less ingredients.  Your favorite liquor on the rocks with water and a splash of lemon or lime juice is always a good option.  
  • Be mindful of mixers:  These are what make alcoholic beverages so calorie potent. Look for diet, low-calorie or low-sugar mixers, such as diet soda, low calorie cranberry juice and sugar-free syrups.
  • Smaller is better: When possible, ask for a smaller glass. You can always get another later if you really want it. Try to limit the jumbo drink glasses that are very common at chain restaurants. Just 1 of these jumbo glasses can hold 2-3 servings. 
  • Liquid dessert:  Many of the  trendy cocktails out there, such as martinis, are filled with fruit juices, sugar syrups and tons of calories.  If you're going to have one of these drinks, such as a Chocolate Martini, treat it as your dessert and just go for one. 
  • Make water your night cap:  After a night of drinking, make sure you have a glass or two of water before you go to bed. It will help rehydrate you and decrease the severity of a hangover. 

Recipe Roundup: 
Low Sugar Gingerbread cookies 

low sugar gingerbread cookies 


Type II Diabetes and Nerve Pain study
If you have nerve pain from your diabetes you may be interested in learning more about a clinical research study that we are conducting of an investigational drug. Individuals may qualify for this clinical study if they :
  • Are 18 years or older
  • Have type 1 or type 2 diabetes
  • Have had pain from peripheral neuropathy for at least six months
  • Have an HbA1c of less than or equal to 10%
Qualified participants will receive:
  • Study-related medication
  • Study-related laboratory testing
  • Study-related physical and neurological exams

Please inquire at:  (925) 930-7267     

or email:  studies@diabloclinical.com  


To find out if you qualify, or for more information, 
 contact: 925-930-7267

Love healthy cooking? MORE recipes are available on our website at  http://diabloclinical.com/subcat_studyvolunteers_health.php
And don't forget to check out our blog,  http://diabloclinicalresearch.wordpress.com/, for health,nutrition & fitness articles!