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Diabetes Update 139: The Truth about Saturated Fat

February 1, 2010

By David Mendosa


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  • My New Diabetes Articles for Health Central:

    So far I have written 444 articles for the Health Central Network about all aspects of diabetes. In January this website published seven more of my new diabetes articles:

  • Broken Link Between Saturated Fat and Heart Health. The most prestigious nutrition journal just published the most significant study ever of the effect of saturated fat on our hearts. The study was a meta-analysis of all the existing studies. Surprise! It concluded that no significant evidence exists that that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of heart attacks or strokes. These happen to be the most common and serious complications of diabetes. Saturated fat in our diet is particularly important to us because consuming some of it makes a very low-carb diet sustainable.

  • Prescription Discount Card. The leading manufacturers of blood glucose meters have all started to offer prescription discount cards that for most of us can bring down the cost of using their test strips to what second-tier companies charge.

  • Glucocard Vital. The newest blood glucose meter is the Glucocard Vital from Arkray. It has some useful features.

  • Fit and Not Fat. We can't be truly healthy if we are fat. That's the bottom line of study that Circulation, the journal of the American Heart Association, just published.

  • Testing the Tests of A1C. Bayer Diabetes Care's A1CNow+ monitor for us to test our A1C level at home carries the highest certificate of accuracy. Don't believe superficial evaluations of this fine instrument that we can use to test our A1C level at home.

  • Diabetes Rising. Diabetes Rising is a strange name for the most readable book ever written about diabetes. But diabetes is a strange disease, as Dan Hurley shows in his great new book.

  • Strategies for Conquering Depression. I don't know why I am so happy lately. But in spite of these cold, dark days, I am as happy as I have ever been. The answer is probably one of the five strategies I have been following.

Diabetes in Australia

David Forbes is my friend in Perth, Australia. This month he started writing a new series of articles about diabetes in his country, focusing on the plight of the country's indigenous population, known as the aborigines. He is particularly interested in how using telemedicine can improve their control of diabetes.

You can find his first two articles on my website:

  1. A Portable Quality of Life for People with Diabetes?
  2. Diabetes Robot Caregivers? The Telemedicine Frontier.

Mindfulness and Diabetes

My friend Shelly Young is now writing for the Health Central Network. She writes about how we can use mindfulness. This makes it possible for us to control the suffering that is a part of the human condition. That means it can reduce our stress. I don't think that enough of us realize how much the stress that we have in our lives makes it harder to keep our blood glucose levels in check.

You can find Shelly's insightful articles at Shelly Young, LPC's SharePosts.

Dr. Bernstein's Webcast

If you have any interest in controlling your diabetes by low-carb eating, one of the best resources is Dr. Richard K. Bernstein's monthly webcast. It's an hour of excellent diabetes education.

Dr. Bernstein's next live Tele-Seminar is Wednesday, February 24, at 8:00 PM EST, 7:00 PM CST, 6:00 PM MST, and 5:00 PM PST. He designed it to answer your most important questions concerning diabetes and to offer his thoughts on the latest developments in this area. The seminar is free. You can click here to register: http://www.diabetes911.net/askdrb/index.php. It's also available as a live webcast both on the Internet and by phone.

The special topic of this discussion is preventing amputations.

Searching for My Articles

Whenever you want to find anything that I have written about diabetes -- whether on my website or on the Health Central Network -- the easiest way is to use the search tool on my site. You can search for all of the articles on my site or for the "Diabetes Developments" blog or the "Fitness and Photography for Fun" blog or what I have written at Health Central.

Just go to mendosa.com/search and check which one of the four sites you want to search and enter what you want to find in the search block.

Announcements

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    Each month I describe and link my new Health Central articles here. But you can also use a blog reader to keep up with my articles more quickly. I use Bloglines, as I describe in my article, “Reading Health Blogs.” Go to Bloglines, click on feeds, click on add, (both in left pane), then in center pane enter at “Blog or Feed URL” click on www.healthcentral.com/diabetes/c/17/rss/. Alternatively, you can subscribe to my new articles at Health Central by taking your browser to http://www.bloglines.com/sub/http://www.healthcentral.com/diabetes/c/17/.

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    Diabetes Update keeps you up-to-date with new articles, Web pages, and books that I have written about diabetes.

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