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Diabetes Update Number 174: Resolutions

January 1, 2013

By David Mendosa


A Mandarin Duck Visits
Clear Creek

Jefferson County, Colorado,
December 22, 2012  

My New Diabetes Articles for HealthCentral:

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

    Those of us who have diabetes can control it better in the coming year so that it doesn't control us. When we make New Year's Resolutions the right way, we can succeed even when we have failed in the past.

    The best cure for overeating during these holidays is to take a short, brisk walk right after the big meal. This is the best way to bring our blood glucose level right down.

    The most common question that people ask me is what can I possibly find to eat on a very low-carb diet. Every few years I post my diet, and I do that because it keeps changing as I find new and better foods to eat: foods that are both tasty and healthy.

    In this slideshow I answer the most frequently asked questions by visitors to HealthCentral.

    A new study disproves old myths about exercise and shows us that aerobic exercise like walking, hiking, running, or swimming is the most efficient way to lose weight. It works the fastest.'s lead writer about obesity included my best weight loss tip in her December 27 collection of tips. Here it is:

    Since our weight naturally goes up and down every day, the easiest way to lose weight is to take immediate action to stop the upswing. I do that by skipping dinner any day that my weight is up from the previous day if I weigh more than my goal. This means that I weigh myself each morning. It's as simple as that, and it works for both physical and psychological reasons. By not eating anything after lunchtime my body has several extra hours to recover from my eating too much the previous day. But it usually doesn't come to that, because I now always limit what I eat more carefully since I really would prefer not to forgo dinner. I have had to skip dinner only nine times in the past 180 days to stay at my goal weight.

  • Fitness and Photograph for Fun:

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

    Ring-necked Ducks and American Wigeons are now visiting Tantra Lake, which is right in front of my apartment's windows. They mingle with the Canada Geese and Mallards that live here year round. I appreciate them all.

    This uncommon little songbird is one of a kind. It feeds under water in clear mountain streams. I finally captured images of this unique behavior.

    A male Mandarin Duck can be the most colorful of all ducks and one of the most beautiful birds in the world. I was fortunate to find one on Clear Creek and spend almost an hour watching and photographing this exceptional bird.

    When I returned to Clear Creek the day after finding a male Mandarin Duck there, my visit was quite different but no less rewarding. I especially enjoyed watching and photographing Common Goldeneyes and a female Hooded Merganser.

  • New Flickr Site
    I keep added some of my favorites nature photographs on 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

    Dr. Bernstein's next live webcast will be on Wednesday, January 2, 2013, 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 "Update on glucose monitor accuracy."

  • 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 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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    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.

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