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Diabetes Update #209: Our Inaccurate Meters

December 1, 2015

By David Mendosa

My New Diabetes Articles for HealthCentral:

Last month I published eight more of my diabetes articles about how to manage our condition:

Searching the Internet for Diabetes Information
Here is my chapter in the third edition of The First Year: Type 2 Diabetes by Gretchen Becker. Here I give my key tips garnered from more than 20 years of working with the Internet.

A Diabetes Brain is a Grain Brain
The book Grain Brain is about how wheat, carbs, and sugar are destroying our brains. This connection with diabetes is far too close for comfort.

Blood Glucose Meters from Roche Rank Highest in Survey
Accu-chek meters are our new favorites.

Is a Lower A1C Level Better or Worse?
Some researchers say that the lowest A1C levels aren’t good for us either.

When You Control Your Diabetes, You Aren’t at Risk for Dementia
Uncontrolled diabetes can cause dementia. Diabetes doesn’t.

The Three Ways to Diagnose Diabetes
The A1C test is the new way to diagnose diabetes. It’s the quickest and easiest of the three ways, but like the other two, it has several limitations.

Should You Use Control Solution to Check Your Meter?
Everybody says that when use a meter to check our diabetes, we need to use control solution. So why don’t we?

Why Your Blood Glucose Meter Isn’t Accurate
The FDA sets the standards for the accuracy of our meters. They are lax and leaky.

My Slideshows:

I write slideshows about diabetes for These are my new ones:

10 Low-carb Beverages To Drink When You Have Diabetes
Even with diabetes controlled with low-carb you have many options for great drinks that fit your healthy lifestyle and are tasty too.

Do You Have One of These 5 Common Deficiencies?
Most people don’t get enough of these vitamins and minerals in their food. People with diabetes need to be sure to get enough by using supplements.

Clinical Trial Opportunity:​

The biotech company Altucell is recruiting men with type 1 diabetes between 23 and 60 who have had diabetes for at least five years. They will participate in a noninvasive clinical trial that is backed by clinical research and a medical team with 30 years of experience.

The clinical trial will be in Sint Maarten, an island country that is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin, and all travel and lodging costs are covered. Participants in the trial will receive a one-time cell transplant designed to remodulate and regenerate beta cells so that they will ultimately be able stop taking daily insulin injections.

For more details please contact Altucell's headquarters at (631) 586-4940.

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 to register at no cost here: and you can ask a question or not as you choose.

The webcast is available for ten days at, and then it is moved over to, where a membership fee provides access all of his videos, webcasts, and transcripts.

Dr. Bernstein's next live webcast will be on Wednesday, December 30, 2015, 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.

Fitness and Photography for Fun:

Last month I published one more of my photo essays on staying fit by getting the activity we need. Photography gets me out in nature to hike, and hiking keeps me fit:

The Peace of Hall Ranch
The wild things at Boulder County’s Hall Ranch Open Space were at peace on Sunday morning, and so was I.

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

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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