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Update Number 151: Hypothyroidism

February 1, 2011

By David Mendosa


Ferruginous Hawk

January 27, 2011

  • My New Diabetes Articles for HealthCentral:

    Last month HealthCentral published five more of my diabetes articles about all aspects of the condition:

  • Hypothyroidism and Diabetes. Millions of people have hypothyroidism and don't know it. This condition of having an under-active thyroid gland is particularly prevalent among those of us who have diabetes. Yet few of our doctors routinely check our thyroid. You can make a preliminary check at home for no cost, and treating the condition isn't difficult and will make you feel a whole lot better.

  • Medical Marijuana for Diabetes. You can get medical marijuana in several states now. Where I live, medical marijuana seems to be available for anyone who wants it. But because I am one of those sad cases who can’t handle it, I’m not tempted. Besides, I have been able to control my health with diet, weight loss, and exercise alone. Of course, even if you are more disciplined than me and your diabetes is out of control, I am not recommending that you rush right out to your local medical marijuana dispensary or start growing weed in your back yard. I am asking for your consideration and anonymous comments. Have any of you seen any improvement in your diabetes control by using pot?

  • Phil's Paleo Diet. For the past half year or so I have been following a type of low-carb diet that I learned from Dr. Loren Cordain, a professor at Colorado State University, which is about an hour north of where I live in Boulder. Dr. Cordain’s book, the Paleo Diet, overlaps considerably with the standard low-carb diet for people with diabetes, Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution. Besides myself, several members of my diabetes support group, including my friend Phil, have begun to follow both the low-carb and paleo way of eating. Another member of the group asked each of us to write about what we eat. Phil’s response was so good that I shared it here.

  • Integrated Testing.The experts on the blood glucose meters that we rely on tell me not to hold my breath while waiting for painless, or non-invasive, devices. But new and better meters appear all the time. And a whole new concept is on the immediate horizon.This concept is a completely integrated testing device. That means the device contains not only the blood glucose meter but also test strips and a lancet. I think that this big step forward to easier and more discreet testing is right around the corner. In fact, if you live in Europe, you can get it right now.

  • Walking Meditation. People with diabetes benefit more than most people from walking. Everyone needs regular exercise, and those of us who have diabetes absolutely have to give ourselves the gift of regular exercise. Walking is the exercise that comes most naturally to those of us who are still well enough to do it.But walking by itself, as great as it is for us, can't capture all of its potential benefits. For that we can meditate as we walk along.
  • 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 23rd, 2011, at 7PM CST, 8PM EST, 6PM MST, 5PM 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: It's also available as a live webcast both on the Internet and by phone.

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