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Number 152: Diabetes Social Networking

March 1, 2011

By David Mendosa


Roseate Spoonbill

Feb. 23, 2011

In the J. N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island, Florida

  • Doing Tai Chi for Balance
    When a friend told me last year that the Tai Chi Chuan she was learning improved her balance, I listened. I remembered that Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese martial art that millions of people around the world practice for its defensive training or its health benefits. Tai Chi enhances our balance and body awareness through slow, graceful, and precise body movements.

  • Low-carb Chili
    Homestyles Beef Chili with Beans has only 4 grams of effective carbs. And it has lots of real beef. A meal of Homestyles Beef Chili with Beans is therefore low carb in anyone’s diet. Of the 10 grams of total carbs that each package has, 6 grams are fiber.

  • Testing Both BG and BP at Home
    Since three-fourths of those of us who have diabetes also have high blood pressure, a combined blood glucose and blood pressure monitoring device makes a lot of sense. Now we can do both tests at home with the Fora D20. This has lots of advantages over going to a doctor's office.

Fitness and Photograph for Fun:

Last month I published seven more of my articles on staying fit by getting the activity we need. Photography is what does it for me:

A Great Horned Owl
I went to Boulder County’s Twin Lakes Open Space last month. At Twin Lakes I hunted for a Great Horned Owl that I’d seen there in January. I was lucky.

Birds of Prey Driving Tour
On Boulder County's driving tour I saw raptors: Of course, they included Red-Tailed Hawks and Kestrels, but also Bald Eagles, Golden Eagles, and Northern Harriers.

Josh's Pond
Josh’s Pond is one of the few places here that isn't frozen over.  At the pond I found hundreds of Canada Geese. And in the midst of the Canada Geese was a solitary Common Goldeneye.

Hygiene, Colorado
Hygiene is a little Colorado town with a funny name 18 miles north northeast of Boulder. I seriously wanted to go back there, after exploring the area a week earlier on a Boulder County-sponsored Birds of Prey tour. I especially wanted to photograph a silo painted with sunflowers that I had seen then but hadn’t had a chance to shoot. I did this time.

Key Largo
Key Largo, Florida, now isn’t anything like I remember it from the 1948 film of that name staring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. The weather was perfect — in the mid 70s — and I didn’t see any gangsters that looked like Edward G. Robinson. Instead I saw birds.

Key West
Beauty was everywhere I looked on Key West during the first day of my visit. And I looked lots of places.

Dry Tortugas

Dry Tortugas National Park is 70 miles west of Key West and is literally the end of Florida and our most isolated American national park. I flew there on a small plane to see birds I had never seen before, including the Magnificent Frigatebirds as well as a conspiracy of Black Skimmers.

  • 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 March 30th, 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.

    Special topic:  Commenting on new research showing that a possible cure for type 1’s might be just to turn off the glucagon response.

    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.

    Moderators Wanted at

  • This is a social networking place for people with diabetes like no other website. Its clear focus is on the social networking between people who have been affected by diabetes (patients, mothers, fathers, doctors, friends and so on) rather than on the collection of information on all diabetes areas. The site is in beta test now and is looking for moderators to help it develop so that its direction stays colorful, friendly, and informative. You don’t have to have any experience in website moderation – the site will prepare you for all that. You do, however, need to be really interested in diabetes and have a desire to help create a unique website that connects people from all walks of life.

    David Wolf founded MyDiaBlog. The vision behind his website was to create a fun, colorful, and easy to use global multilingual diabetes social networking place that connects people who have been affected by diabetes either as a patient, a care giver, a doctor, a family member, or as a friend. It is the social networking part which is the focus of this website. Wolf’s vision is to see that the website will organically grow, develop, and be directed according to what the community wants. He wants it to always be a friendly and positive place to share ideas with other people. 

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