What to Eat Wednesday: Wound Healing Miracle&a ‘Sandwich’

When you’re living with diabetes, juggling all the pieces of your disease-management puzzle can seem overwhelming. Between daily foot checks, regular appointments with your Houston podiatrist, constant blood sugar checks and/or staying on top of medications, the idea of preparing healthy, home-cooked meals can seem impossible.

To that end, I always keep on top of new diabetic developments, which is why I got really excited when I learned about a new bandage that's currently in development. 

New Bandage Could Help Heal Wounds  Researchers are testing a new bandage that could heal ulcers four times faster

Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison are currently developing a special bandage designed to help heal diabetic ulcers. While the product is still in the testing stages, the premise is this: the bandage generates a gentle electrical current that, according to initial findings, will help wounds heal four times faster. So far, the electronic device, which is still not named, has been wrapped around the chests of rats who had cuts on their backs.

Every time the rodents breathed, an electrical pulse was generated; that pulse appears to have sped up their healing process by causing skin-healing cells, known as fibroblasts, to rush to the injured area, thus encouraging the production of collagen and new skin cells.  
 
If this bandage comes to market, it will likely become a useful tool in the arsenal of weapons your podiatrist uses to fight diabetic ulcers.  In the meantime, let's explore other ways you can protect your diabetic health right now!

Easy Meals Ideas for Diabetics

 I love the “Quick Recipes” section of the American Diabetes Association’s website: the meal inspirations you’ll find there are fresh, perfectly calibrated for diabetics AND easy to prepare.

Try out this Open Faced Sweet Potato ‘Sandwich’ recipe to see what I’m talking about, and for more help managing your diabetic foot health, schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Schneider today.

Ingredients
Cooking spray

2 medium sweet potatoes

1 small zucchini, thinly sliced lengthwise

1 red bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
This 'sandwich' would make the perfect diabetic-friendly lunch1 tsp salt-free seasoning (like Mrs. Dash)



2 (1 oz) slices reduced-fat swiss cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray and set it aside.
  • Slice one round edge of the sweet potato thinly lengthwise. Slice the other round edge of the sweet potato thinly lengthwise. Discard those slices.
  • Slice the sweet potato down the middle lengthwise and peel. Repeat for other sweet potato. You will end up with four 1-inch-thick lengthwise slices of sweet potato.
  • Place on the prepared baking sheet and spray the tops of the sweet potatoes with cooking spray. Bake the sweet potatoes for 10 minutes, then reduce the heat to 350 degrees F.
  • Flip the sweet potatoes and then lay equal amounts of thinly sliced zucchini and red bell pepper on each sweet potato. Season with the salt-free seasoning.
  • Cut each slice of swiss cheese in half and top each sweet potato with the swiss cheese. Return the potatoes to the oven for 15 more minutes. Serve Immediately.
     

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Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
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