Wednesday, February 01, 2017

1st February,2017 daily global,regional and local rice e-newsletter by riceplus magazine

Kenya faces acute rice shortage
Date: January 31, 2017
Photo: Kenya faces acute rice shortage. Photo/Courtesy
An acute shortage of rice looms following the prolonged drought being experienced in the country. Mwea Rice Irrigation Scheme, the largest in East and Central Africa, which produces 80 per cent of rice consumed in the country faces a major challenge after several rivers which supply the scheme with water dried up.
Rice is grown through irrigation and without sufficient water in the scheme, its 28,000 acres rice fields can’t be irrigated.
The drought has affected major rivers such as Nyamindi, Thiba, Rutui, Kiringa and Mukengeria, which supply water for irrigation to the scheme.
Speaking to the press at Wanguru National Irrigation Board (NIB) offices, Mwea Water Users Association chairman Maurice Mutugi admitted that the situation is getting bad day by day and farmers may fail to plant this season. He revealed that the situation is so serious that some rivers have dried up.
He said such water shortage has never been experienced since the scheme was established in the 1950s. The scheme’s water problem, according to farmers, can only be resolved once the Sh20 billion Thiba dam is completed.

Rice basmati rises on stockists buying

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi  December 26, 2013 Last Updated at 15:16 IST

Prices of rice basmati rose by Rs 200 per quintal at the wholesale grains market today on stockists buying against slowdown in arrivals from producing regions.

However, other grains ruled steady in scattered deals. Traders said stockists buying following rising demand against restricted arrivals from producing belts mainly pushed up rice basmati prices. In the national capital, rice basmati common and Pusa-1121 variety rose by Rs 200 each to Rs 8,600-8,800 and Rs 7,950-8,450 per quintal, respectively.
The following were today's quotations per quintal:
Wheat MP (deshi) 2,070-2,270, Wheat dara (for mills) 1,660-1,665, Chakki atta (delivery) 1,665-1,670 Atta Rajdhani (10 kg) 220, Shakti bhog (10 kg) 220, Roller flour mill 920-930 (50 kg), Maida 970-990 (50 kg) and Sooji 1,010-1,030 (50kg).

Basmati rice (Lal Quila) 10,400, Shri Lal Mahal 10,000, Super Basmati Rice, 9,500, Basmati common new 8,600-8,800, Rice Pusa-(1121) new 7,950-8,450, Permal raw 2,100-2,200, Permal wand 2,275-2,300, Sela 2,950-2,975 and Rice IR-8- 1,875-1,900, Bajra 1,320-1,325, Jowar yellow 1,400-1,450, white 2,300-2,500, Maize 1,405-1,410, Barley 1,400-1,410, Rajasthan 1,080-1,090

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Agricultural production in Thailand is the bedrock of both economic and rural development strategies. The ascension of Maha Vajiralongkorn as Phra Rama X will not alter the deep current of agroindustrial development nurtured by Rama IX. But what are the economic and political risks of this deeply interventionist policy
The price of rice remains core to Thailand’s rural development policy. As such, market determined prices took a back seat to state regulation with the permanent closure of the Agricultural Futures Exchange of Thailand in Bangkok on 2 September 2016—in accordance with the Repeal Act of the Agricultural Futures Trading Act of 1999.
However state-to-state mercantile trade continues to dominate agricultural exports through bilateral export agreements. China has purchased its first tranche of 100,000 tonnes of rice as part of a wider deal for the rice giant to import 1 million tonnes. Thailand and Iran have resumed bilateral trade, with Thailand aiming to export 700,000 tonnes of rice to Iran per year. And a September deal will see Thailand export 100,000 tonnes of rice to the Philippines. However, these relatively small lots do not come close to the 9.5 million tonne export target.
Despite El Niño affecting most of Southeast Asia for the past two years, Thailand was expected to harvest 23.55 million tonnes of rice during 2016’s main harvest, to add to existing stockpiles of 8.4 million tonnes. Charoen Laothammatas, president of the Thai Rice Exporters Association, has said that Thailand’s rice exports would not increase in 2017—remaining stable amid fluctuating global prices, drought affected production, and continued domestic government support.
However, global rice prices are facing pressure as capital controls in Nigeria—the world’s second largest importer—have seen demand shrink, while bumper crops in India provide supply-side pressures.
The Thai Ministry of Commerce suspended sales from the national stockpiles due to price pressures just as the October-November main harvest period ushered in a new round of state purchasing. A new stockpiling plan was revealed in October 2016, which is expected to take 10 million tonnes of rice out of the market.
Rice mills will receive a cut in interest rates between three and four percentage points for withholding rice from the market for between 60 and 180 days. For farmers, preferential loans will be offered to withhold releasing harvests to the market. The Bank of Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives’ (BAAC) role, as usual, is to underscore support for the policy.
BAAC is also deploying a policy offering primary producers loans of up to US$145,000 at effectively zero interest aimed at reforming rice production by upscaling farms into rice mega-farms. A memorandum of understanding between the Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, and Ministry of the Interior called for land consolidations to result in 426 mega-farms in 2016 and up to 1,000 in 2017.
In October, the Thai Council of Ministers approved a sugar industry restructuring plan while the Ministry of Commerce increased the minimum purchase price for tapioca starch to push up cassava prices. The sugar reform was implemented to ensure floating sugar prices, aimed at keeping Brazilian objections at bay in the World Trade Organization. Kobsak Phutrakul, assistant minister to the prime minister’s office, said that a cane and sugar development plan for 2016-2021 has been developed and plans are in place to reform the Cane and Sugar Act of 1984. The current sugar act guarantees a 70-30 profit-split between sugar mills and cane producers.
While cassava and sugar are slated for structural upgrading as inputs to the biofuel industry, a range of industries are being targeted under ‘One Province One Agro-industrial Product’—a policy recommission of ‘One Tambon, One Product’, and ultimately a Japanese policy transmission. The Electronic Transaction Development Agency under the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society hopes to have an e-commerce customs system running by end of 2016 to promote cross-border e-commerce.
A September 2016 restructure of the board of investment was a shakeup to encourage more inward  and foreign direct investment technology transfers from other East Asian economies—particularly the Republic of Korea. The agro-industrial policy arm of Pracha Rath aims to introduce elements of innovation and technological upgrades in rural areas to promote the growth of fundamental agro-industrial clusters, which can then integrate with the wider Thailand 4.0 industrial policy. The Minister of Industry, Atchaka Sibunruang is encouraging SMEs to invest in Thailand’s western central region in order to create an industrial cluster springboard for economic integration with Myanmar.
The primary producers of Thailand are the principal beneficiaries of government policy to ensure the international rice trade. However, an adherence to price controls and a reliance on state purchasing hinders Thailand’s macro development strategy. Futures markets are excellent price-setting institutions and state stockpiling, as evidenced by the efforts of the European Union and People’s Republic of China, does not result in either food security nor fulfil rural social policy functions.
As Vietnam now holds Thailand’s former crown of world’s largest rice exporter it is time to face facts. The state cannot guarantee the international price of grain. China is removing its state grain procurement system in favour of price-setting mechanisms fostered through futures exchanges. Agricultural policy banking, land agglomeration, competitive exchange rates, agroindustrial upgrading and widespread support for the peasant primary producing class are all areas which should welcome government support. Price supports and state procurement should be abandoned as Thailand upgrades its agroindustrial strategy for a more competitive common market under the ASEAN Economic Community.
Tristan Kenderdine is research director at Future Risk and a lecturer of Public Administration at Dalian Maritime University, China.
This article is published under a Creative Commons Licence and may be republished with attribution.

Government has no plan to import rice this year

Published January 30, 2017

Stefani Ribka
The Jakarta Post
Jakarta | Tue, January 31, 2017 | 05:27 pm
Nice rice harvest – Farmers carry rice paddy grains that they will mill at a milling factory in Ngawi, East Java. (Antara/Ari Bowo Sucipto)

The government has expressed its optimism that the country’s rice harvest will be adequate to meet the market demand this year.State logistics agency (Bulog), whose function is to stabilize rice prices, allocates for no rice imports this year."God willing, there will be no rice imports this year. The spirit is not to import, save for an urgent situation," said Bulog chairman Djarot Kusumayakti in a media briefing on Tuesday.
Last year, the government imported 1.2 million tons of rice, but it was ordered in 2015 while no new rice imports were booked in 2016.
The Agriculture Ministry, meanwhile, is upbeat about this year's production reaching 80 million tons of rice, more than the annual national demand of 60 million tons.
Experts, however, caution the government about providing accurate data on supply and demand, which is something that has been a sensitive issue in the country for years.
Local rice procurement, meanwhile, is slated at 3.7 million tons by Bulog to distribute to people with low incomes. (bbn)

Rice prices in N.K. stabilized

2017/01/31 17:39
SEOUL, Jan. 31 (Yonhap) -- Rice prices in North Korea have been stabilized owing apparently to China's large-scale rice aid and a better harvest, a Seoul-based Internet news outlet well-versed in the North reported Tuesday.
The latest rice prices per kilogram showed 4,000 North Korean won in Pyongyang, 3,970 won in Shinuiju in North Phyongan Province and 4,190 won in Hyesan, Ryanggang Province, compared with 5,019 won, 4,970 won and 4,980 won, respectively, a year ago, Daily NK said, citing its North Korean sources.
Experts opined that the price stabilization was made possible due to China's provision of rice aid to the North's flood-stricken areas on a large scale and an improved rice harvest last year.
Last summer, six areas in North Hamkyong Province in the North were devastated by heavy rains accompanied by Typhoon Lionrock, with the United Nations having estimated that 138 North Koreans were killed and 400 others are missing due to the floods, with about 20,000 houses destroyed.
"As far as I know, the North has received a grand rice aid from China since the typhoon hit the nation in September," a source from the North's North Hamkyong Province was quoted as saying. Rumors have also circulated rice farming was good in Hwanghae and South Phyongan provinces, the source said.
In particular, the rice price in Hoeryong, North Hamkyong Province, which suffered serious typhoon damages, currently hovers around 3,600 won per kilogram, compared with 5,000 won in January last year, the source said.
"Rice prices are generally on the decline at markets in Pyongyang, and 70 percent of rice sold there is imports from foreign countries, including China," another source in South Phyongan Province said

Rice prices take a tumble; growers may be lucky to break even


Rice silos reflect in a flooded field Monday in Richvale. Rice growers are looking at lower prices for their crop this year.
By Heather Hacking, Chico Enterprise-Record
POSTED: 01/30/17, 5:37 PM PST | UPDATED: 20 HRS AGO
 Rice silos reflect in a flooded field Monday in Richvale. Rice growers are looking at lower prices for their crop this year.Emily Bertolino — Enterprise-Record
Rice farmers in the Sacramento Valley find themselves in a difficult predicament. The rains have returned, which will provide enough water to fill canals that bring water to rice fields. The problem is that rice prices are expected to be so low that farmers could produce a crop and barely break even.
For growers who pay to lease land, or have big debt payments, the number crunching could pencil out for a loss.
The main reason for the dip in rice prices is that the U.S. dollar is expensive compared to other countries. About 50 percent of the California rice crop is exported, said Mark Kimmelshue, who trades rice for ARMCO — Associated Rice Marketing Co-op — in Richvale. When buyers from other countries make a move to buy rice, the strong dollar compared to other world currency translates to lower prices to growers in the United States.
As of the most recent crop report in 2015, Rice was listed third in Butte County commodities, bringing in $139 million in gross sales.
Other commodities are also trading on the down side, Kimmelshue explained, including corn, soybeans, cotton and wheat.
“I have heard some people say that if there was an opportunity to sell water they may consider it,” said Louie Mendoza, Butte County’s agricultural commissioner.
However, more water can’t be added to the river delivery system when the there is a lot of water in the system.
Rice has been grown in the Sacramento Valley for more than 100 years and many farmers own the land as part of a family operation or through purchases made decades ago. Farmers in this situation would probably break even if prices continue as currently predicted, said Carl Hoff, president and CEO of the Butte County Rice Growers Association. Those established growers may also have relatively low delivery rates, based on solid water rights.
Farmers who pay rent for land or pay more for water may be looking at a loss after a year’s labor, Hoff noted.
Each grower has a different set of dynamics. Certainly, rice growers are thinking a lot about what to do this spring, ag leaders interviewed for this story said.
Despite the dreary outlook, Hoff said the overwhelming number of growers will plant despite low prices.
Its tough to be paying for land and grow nothing at all. Someone who has a contract for land is unlikely to sit back and let that land just sit there. The grower with a contract also would not want to let that land go to someone else, now and into the future.
Newer growers may be “looking pretty hard at doing some custom work on the side,” Kimmelshue said
Farmers who have been in the business for the long haul know to budget for good years and bad years. Producers who jumped into the industry very recently will be the hardest hit by the recent drop in rice prices, Hoff noted.
With prices low, some farmers will consider more carefully when spending money on a second application of weed control or other practices that add costs, Hoff said. Plus, prices could go up.
Markets fluctuate throughout the year. Right now the 2016 crop, harvested in the fall, is still being sold.
Growers received an average return of $17.50 to $18.50 for 100 pounds of rice harvested in 2015. The price for rice harvested in 2016 could be $12.50 or less, Kimmelshue said.
Yet, because the crop is sold over time, there is also time for prices to rebound before all of the commodity is sold.
The safety net for farmers who grow commodities has changed. In the past, growers of mainstay crops like rice, corn, soybeans and wheat received payments based on historic yield, even if they did not grow a crop in a certain year.
Now, one of the popular insurance policies takes what is called an “Olympic average,” of prices, Kimmelshue explained. In this calculation, the insurance adjuster considers the prices from the past five years. The highest and lowest prices are disregarded, then an average is calculated based on the remaining three years.
If the price for the insured crop is lower than the Olympic average, the grower receives an insurance payment. Farmers decide what level of insurance to buy.
This will help, Kimmelshue said. However, those payments would not be received until January 2018.
Mendoza, Butte County’s ag commissioner, said prices look like they will remain profitable for almonds, walnuts, pistachios and prunes, which are grown in the Sacramento Valley. Nuts, especially walnuts, have been very profitable for growers the past few years. They’ve dipped since then but growers are still making a profit, Mendoza said.
Contact reporter Heather Hacking at 896-7758.

Reporter Heather Hacking focuses on water and agriculture, as well as many other community topics. Her column, which is mostly about gardening, appears on Fridays. She has been writing for the Enterprise-Record since 1992. Reach the author at or follow Heather on Twitter: @HeatherHacking.

Guns found in septic tank of ex-IRRI carpenter

By: Maricar Cinco - Correspondent / @maricarcincoINQ
Inquirer Southern Luzon / 02:12 PM February 01, 2017
SAN PEDRO CITY – A man was arrested Wednesday after the police found several high-powered guns hidden in his septic tank in Los Baños town in Laguna province.
Los Baños police chief Supt. Vicente Cabatingan said police, armed with a search warrant issued by judge Agripino Morga of the regional trial court branch 32, swooped down on the house of Levi Malijan, 66, a retired carpenter at the International Rice Research Institute around 5 a.m. on Wednesday in Barangay San Antonio.
Cabatingan, in a phone interview, said police were tipped off that Malijan was keeping several unlicensed firearms in his home.
He said they were surprised and puzzled upon learning that the guns were hidden in the suspect’s septic tank, covered with cement. The police found two shotguns, two .22 caliber guns, an M16 rifle, a .45 caliber gun, a gun silencer and several ammunitions.
The firearms did not have licenses, Cabatingan said.
The police arrested Malijan but he has yet to say where he got the firearms and what his purpose was for keeping them. JE

Sierra Leone importers reject ‘plastic rice’ claims

Rice importers in Sierra Leone have dismissed reports of the presence of plastic rice in the country.
The head of the Importers Association of Sierra Leone, Alhaji Tanu Jalloh, told state broadcaster SLBC on Tuesday that the reports were untrue and that there was no need for panic.
There were fears that the fake rice made of plastic had been imported with sources indicating that the government was investigating the matter.
Social media
The fears followed the emergence of a video footage on social media showing a sample bag of the supposed fake rice.
A lawmaker, Mr Claude Kamanda, raised the alarm recently when he warned his Freetown constituents about the fake rice.
The MP for Constituency 095 in Freetown, in a Whatsapp post, cautioned his people to be vigilant.
A warning
“I don't have the authority to inform you that it has landed in our country as investigation is on to affirm it. But as my people in the Western Area Rural, inclusive of Constituencies 092, 093, 094 and 095; I urge you all to test on fire any type of imported (rice) you buy, whether in shop or neighbourhood,” he warned.
As the video clip demonstrates, the fake rice granules burn like plastic.
Mr Kamanda said that should serve as a warning to all.
Illegal consignment
He called as an act of “unpatriotism” the move by “some of our business people who are both nationals and foreign”.
Reports about plastic rice first emerged in Nigeria, with the product thought to have been imported from China.
The Nigerian authorities in December announced the seizure of over 100 bags of the illegal consignment, totalling some 2.5 tons.
Rice is the staple in both Nigeria and Sierra Leon

Price of old fine rice hits the roof in Mancherial district

By Paruvella Satyanarayana | THE HANS INDIA |    Feb 01,2017 , 01:37 AM IST

Luxettipet: Price of old fine rice across Mancherial district has virtually hit the roof with a rise of Rs 200 a quintal, thus making it beyond the reach of common man.

An estimated 3,000 tonnes of fine rice is being sold on daily basis in the district. There are 80 rice shops and at least 30 rice millers. These shops sell at least five to 10 quintals of rice a day. Each shop-keeper earns an additional Rs 200 to Rs 500 per quintal, thus making a clean profit.

Paddy crop was raised in 80,937 acres during Kharif, thanks to favourable monsoon. Over 60 per cent of it includes fine varieties like Jai Sriram, HMT, BPT, Akshay, with each acre yielding 22-25 quintals. The earlier price was Rs 1,750 a quintal.
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Big traders would buy directly from farmers to an extent of 80 per cent. After milling the paddy and transportation, they would sell at Rs 3,000 a quintal. Even this price was profitable for them but, after allegedly colluding with millers, the traders have increased the price.

This is mainly because of the machinations of traders, with officials looking on helplessly. Even the middle classes are affected by the hike, as it imposes an additional burden on their purse strings. Traders, who were not able to decide the price, are now doing so with the millers in their firm grip, allegedly after forming a syndicate.

10 days ago, Jai Sriram variety was sold at Rs 3,400 a quintal. Now the price has gone up to Rs 3,600 to Rs 3,700. The price of HMT variety is up from Rs 3,000 to Rs 3,200 to Rs 3,300. The old Jai Sriram variety was sold at Rs 4,800 a quintal till the day before yesterday. It is being sold for Rs 5,500 to Rs 5,600 now. The price of HMT variety has gone up from Rs 4,300 to over Rs 4,500. By resorting to a slow price hike the traders are making a killing.

People used to consuming fine rice are now forced to purchase it a higher rate, though they can’t afford. While speaking to The Hans India, some buyers allege that the officials concerned were adopting an indifferent attitude towards the price rise of fine rice.

They recall that whenever there was a price increase in the past the government had set up sales centres for the benefit of the common man. These centres helped in controlling the prices. The consumers want the department at least now to concentrate on checking the price hike

 USA Rice Market Research Focuses on El Salvador
By Sarah Moran
  January 31, 2017
SAN SALVADOR, EL SALVADOR - USA Rice, ASALBAR (El Salvador Association of Rice Millers), and USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service representatives in San Salvador met earlier this month to discuss the results of USA Rice market research into consumer behavior and preferences in El Salvador.  "We learned that regardless of the source, statistics and consumption figures show that there is a stagnation in rice consumption in El Salvador, or at best, very timid growth," said Jose Alfonso Lainez of Praxis, the firm that conducted the research.  "Consumers see rice as a complement to the main dish, making it easy to replace with items such as potatoes, vegetables, salad, and about 20 other options they name.  However, one of the changes in consumer behavior we noted was a migration from purchases at traditional 'tiendas' and 'pulperías', (small shops), to establishments that offer better conditions of safety and cleanliness."

This shift actually makes it easier to reach consumers through in store demonstrations - something USA Rice began last year.

Although rice is rich in vitamins and minerals, and is an excellent source of energy, the research confirms not many consumers are aware of its health benefits.  Several means of communicating these important facts, in an effort to increase rice consumption here, were discussed, including a public relations campaign targeting health professionals, paid media with nutrition and lifestyle journals and popular newspapers, and educational outreach at local health clinics. Additionally, a large scale cooking lesson for professional chefs will be held in a renowned culinary school later this year.

USA Rice will use the results of this study to fine tune promotional activities in this important and growing market.  From January through November 2016, U.S. rice exports to El Salvador were 265,000 tons - up 636 percent over the same period in 2015.

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15 ways to control diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is reaching epidemic levels in Ireland, but there's a lot you can do to keep your blood sugar under control. Diabetes expert Dr Val Wilson shares 15 things you should know to self-manage the disease, avoid associated illnesses, and live life to the fullest
PUBLISHED31/01/2017 | 02:30

2A 'finger prick' home blood glucose test
One in four people worldwide now have diabetes, and numbers are on the rise, but by making some small changes to lifestyle, you can achieve big differences in diabetes control.
Diabetes is a condition where there's too much sugar (glucose) in the blood because the hormone insulin is absent (Type 1 diabetes) or cannot work properly because there's too much fat around body cells (Type 2 diabetes). In Ireland, up to 7.5pc of people may have Type 2 diabetes, caused by obesity and taking little or no exercise. If the condition isn't managed properly with insulin or medication, high blood sugar levels can cause serious complications such as heart disease, nerve damage, blindness and kidney disease. Although people who take insulin to treat their diabetes are at risk of having low blood sugar levels, the long-term effects of having a high amount of sugar in the blood over time is the reason diabetes must be controlled well.
1 You may think that Type 2 diabetes is not as serious as Type 1
This is not the case. Having Type 2 diabetes increases the risk of developing heart disease, so having good control of blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels is very important. GP surgeries now offer regular health checks where you can have these levels monitored, even if you haven't felt unwell.2 Being overweight means insulin can't work properly in the cells of the body
This is called insulin resistance. If you're a woman with a waist measurement of over 35 inches or a man whose waist measures over 40 inches, Type 2 diabetes and heart disease are more likely. A key factor in developing Type 2 diabetes is the excess body fat that sits around the waistline, making the person appear apple-shaped rather than pear-shaped. Excess fat in the mid-section of the body has the greatest effect on the working ability of insulin to reduce blood sugar levels.
3 The occasional high or low sugar level is to be expected so don't let it throw you
There is no such thing as perfect control - if you had it, you wouldn't have diabetes, because your body would be able to keep blood sugar levels within normal limits on its own. Health professionals (your GP, practice nurse, diabetes consultant and diabetes nurse) like you to aim for normal to good control (blood sugar readings on your own monitor of 5-8mmol/L), although this is not always easy if you have repeated infections and/or depression or brittle diabetes (diabetes that is very difficult to control) that increase your blood sugar levels.
4 Moderate exercise means different things to different people
Exercise is moderate if it doesn't get you out of breath, but seek medical advice before beginning an exercise programme. Building up your exercise endurance steadily improves your cardiovascular health. Do exercises regularly that strengthen your muscles and build up muscular endurance so that your body benefits (muscles, ligaments and tendons become shorter over time with diabetes). Aim to increase how flexible you are by setting goals - being able to touch your toes, for example. If you are overweight, chose exercises that burn body fat such as swimming, cycling or using a treadmill.
5 Gaining an understanding of your diabetes gives the condition meaning
This knowledge can motivate you to control your condition as well as you can. It's true that being overweight, taking little or no exercise and smoking all contribute to poorer health, but big improvements in Type 2 diabetes and heart disease can be made by eating healthier foods, taking exercise several times a week and quitting smoking.
6 People with diabetes who are anxious tend to have higher blood sugar results
It's natural to feel anxious when you have to face lots of lifestyle changes because you have diabetes. Identify why you feel anxious and decide on a potential way of dealing with it (for example, if you often eat junk food because you need comfort but 'know you shouldn't'). Contact a health professional who can offer you appropriate support and who you feel won't judge you, like your diabetes nurse or GP practice nurse.
7 The way you feel - mental health - is just as important as physical health
Understanding how your emotions affect your diabetes is the key to managing these ups and downs so that you are in control of your blood sugar levels. The brain needs glucose to function properly, but too much or too little has a marked effect on behaviour and personality. Depression is also very common in people with diabetes. If you suffer from depression, it's important to visit your GP for help with this so that it doesn't have a long-term impact on your blood sugar levels.
8 Intense exercise can increase blood sugar levels rather than lowering them
Intense exercise causes the liver to release stored glucose to fuel the muscles, so there's a seven- to eightfold increase in glucose production in the body, and only half of this is used by the muscles. If you do intense exercise, there must be some insulin available (if you take it) to deal with the stored glucose released by your liver to fuel the muscles.
9 If you are drinking alcohol, always eat some carbohydrate to prevent low blood sugar
If you take insulin or sulphonylurea medication, certain drinks, such as vodka and gin, will lower blood sugar, so you're more likely to have a hypo. Drinking vodka and orange juice, on the other hand, will increase blood sugar because of the fruit sugar in the juice. The key to drinking alcohol is moderation.
10 In a diabetic diet, one serving of carbohydrate is 15 grams
Different foods with the same amount of carbohydrate raise blood sugar in the same way, so a serving of two medium potatoes has the same carbohydrate content as one cup of vanilla ice cream - 60 grammes. It's the amount of carbohydrate that's important, not the type.
11 Some carbohydrates raise blood sugar more quickly than others
Swap white or wholemeal bread for wholegrain bread, which contains slow-release carbohydrate. Eat porridge oats instead of corn- or wheat-based cereals, as oats raise blood sugar slowly and reduce cholesterol. Choose fruit that's raw or under-ripe, as this contains less fruit sugar. Long-grain rice has more carbohydrate than basmati rice, so read the labels and compare values before buying.
12 Smoking and diabetes are a deadly combination
The likelihood of having a heart attack, stroke or blood circulation problems if you smoke and have diabetes goes up by 4 to 9pc. If you don't smoke for three months, your blood circulation increases throughout your whole body, reducing the risk of lower-limb amputation.
13 Diabetic complications are not inevitable
When sugar levels are high, your blood becomes thick like syrup so your heart has to work much harder to pump it around your body. This sugar sticks to the sides of blood vessels, narrowing the amount of space available for your blood to flow through. Sugar can also attach itself to white blood cells, so if sugar levels are higher than normal, this can change the function of cells - red blood cells are unable to hold as much oxygen, and white blood cells are not able to fight infection.
14 Changing what you eat and how you exercise can actually reverse Type 2 diabetes
Lifestyle change CAN reverse Type 2 diabetes if you are very motivated to achieve this goal but YOU MUST talk to your diabetes consultant before cutting down on carbohydrates, as your diabetes medication will need to be altered.
15 Some medications can increase blood sugar levels
'Water tablets' (diuretics) like thiazide have a tendency to increase blood sugar because they stop insulin working as well. This is also the case for some tablets taken for high blood pressure (Atenolol, Bisopropol, Minoxidil, Nifedipine, and Amlodipine) that alter the way sugar is processed by the body. Being aware of this means you can report blood-sugar control problems to your GP.
* Dr Valerie Wilson has a PhD in Diabetes Health Promotion and specialises in diabetes self-management. Her latest book, Diabetes? Keep Calm and Take Control, is out now

22Building up your exercise endurance steadily improves your cardiovascular health

This weeks specials at Mussel Ridge Market!

By Mussel Ridge Market | Jan 30, 2017

Week of 1/30/2017

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2 for 1 Large 1 topping pizza’s and $5 off any Large specialty pizza.

Free fries with any burger.

For this Wednesday's "International Night," we're serving up one of our favorite Chinese takeout classics: Crispy Orange Chicken, served with Basmati rice and a few steamed broccoli florets, because health food. - $10

Boiled Dinner - Corned Beef, Cabbage, Potatoes, Turnips, Carrots – THE WORKS!!!  All served with a homemade buttermilk biscuits!
Or as usual we will have our baked stuffed haddock -$12.99

Buffalo Chicken Tacos - All white meat chicken, crispy fried and tossed in our house buffalo wing sauce.  Topped with chopped romaine, diced tomatoes, crumbled blue cheese and zesty ranch.  Or try our Baja-Style Fish Tacos, made with fried haddock, house slaw, and a lime cilantro crema.
All tacos $4/each or 3/$11. $2 Dos XX and Corona bottles, too!

Featuring Seared Scallop Scampi– Our famous locally caught scallops, pan-seared and served simply with lots of butter and garlic over linguine. $12.99

1/2 price appetizers and .75 cent wings!