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Diabetes Update Number 167: Magnesium

June 1, 2012

By David Mendosa


Parrot

A Colorado Mountain Goat

I Photographed this Month-Old Kid at
More than 14,000 Feet on Mount
Evans, Colorado, on May 27, 2012  

  • My New Diabetes Articles for HealthCentral:

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


    The new blood glucose meter from Sanofi is classy. It's far smaller than anything I imaging possible. And this meter, the iBGStar, also has some of the most accurate technology.

    Most people who have diabetes probably do need to take supplemental magnesium. But not everyone. The only known contraindication for magnesium is severe renal failure. So if you have any history of kidney problems or know of any loss of kidney function, be sure to check with your doctor before taking any magnesium supplement. For the rest of us, however, the mineral known as magnesium might well be magical.

    In America our doctors and nutritionists talk about theirnoncompliant patients who have diabetes. In Hungary they are beginning to do something about those people. We can apply this lesson to our own lives here. The lesson is that we have to remember that we choose our doctors and nutritionists. They are the ones who have to learn to be compliant.

    Most of us know that omega-3 is good for us. Some of us are aware that more than just a tiny bit of omega-6 isn’t. But hardly anyone can tell how to get the right amounts. Now, we finally have a tool that makes it much easier for us to get our omega-3 and omega-6 in balance.
  • Fitness and Photograph for Fun:

    Last month I published six more of my articles on staying fit by getting the activity we need. Photography gets me to hike, and hiking keeps me fit:

    Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge is now a storehouse of live birds and other wildlife. But the arsenal began as a killing field when the U.S. Army started making deadly chemical weapons there in 1942. On this trip, in addition to several raptors and other birds, I also saw deer, coyotes, prairie dogs, rabbits, a muskrat, and the first raccoon I’ve seen in Colorado.

    Mrs. Eagle was on the nest this sunny morning with her three fledglings 18 miles north of my apartment in Boulder. I call her Mrs. Eagle, because I don’t know her first name. People say that she is bald, but they lie. She has a beautiful head of white hair, sort of like mine, only prettier and fuller.

    Great Horned Owls are some of the biggest and most powerful owls in North America. But for four weeks I enjoyed watching some of the smallest and weakest of them. In a dozen visits between April 24 and May 21 I watched two Great Horned Owlets grow up.

    My home in Boulder, Colorado, at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, is just two miles from a tropical paradise. It’s a paradise for the jungle birds of Central America that prefer to spend the summer here. Half of the 30 species of birds that I saw or heard there on Saturday had recently arrived here on their long migration.

    This must be the best place in the world to see Rocky Mountain Goats. This early in the season above 14,000 feet is awfully cold. The animals were dressed even more warmly that I was, and they were more beautiful too.

    Sawhill Ponds could not have been more beautiful. I had full sun, pleasantly warm weather, and nary a breeze. The birds were pretty nice too, particularly a pair of Osprey.


  • New Flickr Site
    I keep added some of my favorites nature photographs on Flickr.com. In the past month I have added several more. You can find them the easiest way by clicking here

  • 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 available free either on the Internet or by phone. You can click here to register http://www. diabetes911.net/askdrb/index. php.

    Dr. Bernstein's next live webcast will be on Wednesday, June 27, 2012, 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 special topic for this webcast will be "Legal and medical issues for kids with Type 1 diabetes."

    Banting Homestead Saved

    "Beginning in 2005 you were kind enough to help a group of us save the 107-acre Banting Homestead in Alliston, Ontario, where Sir Frederick Banting was born and grew up, from being sold for tract housing development," is the start of an email I received a couple of days ago. The message came from Dr. Peter Banting whose grandfather was Sir Frederick Banting's cousin.

    Sir Frederick Banting won the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1923. He was primarily responsible for the greatest advance in the management of diabetes, the discovery of insulin.

    Peter's message continues. " You did this by publishing several articles about the situation." (I wrote one of them for HealthCentral, "Nobel Prize Winner, Frederick Banting, the Discoverer of Insulin.")

    Peter wrote me to share good news. "I am pleased to report that with your help and that of many hundreds of others, the Town of New Tecumseth (Alliston) was able to purchase the historic property and protect it from destruction. Since then our Sir Frederick Banting Legacy Foundation (SFBLF) has been working hard to restore the farmhouse and outbuildings, and mount other initiatives to fight diabetes and preserve the Banting legacy, through education, outreach, and research."

    New Tecumseth is just 89 kilometers north of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I looked it up because I hope some day to pay homage to this great man. I hope that you can too.

    Training Camp for People with Diabetes to Take Your Fitness to the Next Level

    This is a specialty camp for adults with type 1 or type 2 diabetes who are looking for guidance in how to exercise in spite of your diabetes. Expert coaches in athletics, diabetes, nutrition, and mental skills will guide you in Boulder, Colorado, from June 20 to 24, 2012.

    Expert coaches at CampWILD will work directly with you using a solution-focused, integrated approach. Friends, family members, and supporters are also welcomed to attend CampWILD.

    CampWILD attendees can be of nearly any physical fitness level. You have to want to be active and have the desire to learn about diabetes and fitness. CampWILD has three tracks: cycling, triathlon, or running/walking.  All campers will participate in clinics on diabetes, nutrition, and specific sports and mental skills throughout the fast-paced five day camp experience. 

    Topics to be explored include:

    ·       Exercise Physiology and Why it Matters When You Have Diabetes

    ·       Understanding Insulin and Medications for Exercise

    ·       How to Use Food as Fuel

    ·       Bike Handling Skills for Cyclists and Triathletes,  Running Form for Efficiency

    ·       There is no such thing as a hill – the Psychology of Suffering

    ·       Self Talk for Athletes

    You can go to the website as there are differesnt prices for the three tracks. And there is a sale on that will go until just June 3 (a 20 percent discount) prices range from $1,196 to $1,595. This price includes tuition and food for the five days. Hotel rooms, transportation, and bike rental aren't included.

  • Searching for My Articles
    Whenever you want to find anything that I have written about diabetes -- whether on my website or on HealthCentral 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 HealthCentral, which is now a part of Remedy Health Media.

    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.

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