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Number 157: Hypothyroidism

August 1, 2011

By David Mendosa


A Cedar Waxwing Flies

Pella Crossing, Colorado, July 4, 2011 

  • My New Diabetes Articles for HealthCentral:

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

    Hypothyroidism now appears to be one of the most common complications of diabetes. Fortunately, it is one of easiest conditions to manage. But your doctor may have told you that your thyroid is normal, when it really isn't, according to the most recent studies.

    People with diabetes enroll in clinical trials for several reasons. But before we do we need to know all the pros and cons. One of the best ways to learn about clinical trials is a new website.

    A new study shows that eating nuts every day can help us manage our type 2 diabetes and prevent its complications. This research reports that eating just two ounces of nuts as a replacement for carbohydrates proved effective in managing our blood glucose and lipid levels.

    A new study seemed to show that people who drink diet soft drinks get fatter. But this is a correlation. And correlations don't prove a cause.

    Diabetes is one of most expensive diseases. But the greatest cost of diabetes is treating the complications that come when we don’t keep our blood glucose levels low enough. When we manage diabetes well, the cost goes way down. The four cornerstones of diabetes management are diet, exercise, stress reduction, and -- if necessary -- medication. Two of these cornerstones are inexpensive. 

  • Fitness and Photograph for Fun:
  • Last month I published six more of my articles on staying fit by getting the activity we need. Photography is what does it for me:

    Pella Crossing is a scenic group of ponds 17 miles from my apartment in Boulder. My friend Sharon and I found Cedar Waxwings there early on the morning of Independence Day.

    We failed to find mud at Mud Lake. We found wildflowers instead.

    I had to go to Denver. So for fun I stopped at the botanic garden. Millions of flowers are in bloom.

    When we found the ptarmigan right away, we thought the rest of our day would be anticlimactic. Hardly.

    In just a little over three miles, the Goshawk Ridge Trail makes a lollipop loop through a variety of terrains.  The varied environment showed us an abundance birds and mammals, butterflies, bees, and wildflowers.

    The beauty we found on the Meyers Homestead Trail was botanical. But we also saw a glorious sunrise en route to the trailhead.
  • 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, August 31, 2011, at 7 p.m. CST, 8 p.m. EST, 6 p.m. MST, and 5 p.m. 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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