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Diabetes Update #212: Prediabetes

March 1, 2016

By David Mendosa

Product of the Month - Genteel Lancing Instrument On Sale!

The featured product of the month in The Mendosa Store is the Genteel Lancing Instrument. With its Butterfly Touch Technology, which six U.S. patents cover, the Genteel Lancing Instrument is the new painless concept in lancing. Genteel has completely reinvented the industry standard spring-loaded devices, which can hurt. The Genteel controls the depth of penetration, which combined with its vacuum will draw a reliable drop of blood without discomfort. It also comes in your choice of five different colors: blue, pink, black, silver, and white.

I use the Genteel myself and never once have I experienced the slightest pain. Often I don’t even think that I have even drawn a drop of blood until I look at my finger. I appreciate what the Genteel can do for all of us who have diabetes so much that I have written about it several times since it became available in mid-2014, including these articles:

Gentle Testing for Diabetes and Diabetes Testing that Is Even More Gentle

Normally, it is $129.95. But at The Mendosa Store you can get it from now until March 7 at the special price of just $119.95, when you use this coupon code: MenGen10

My New Diabetes Articles for HealthCentral:

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

Prediabetes Can Be Your Wake-up Call
Your prediabetes diagnosis is a wake-up call. You have the chance to avoid diabetes, which has no cure.

Take Metformin if You Have Prediabetes
If you have prediabetes, talk with your doctor about metformin. Taking it might hel you avoid getting diabetes.

Don’t Let the Sugar Label Confuse You
We should limit the sugar we add, the government says. But its Nutrition Facts label is still misleading.

Full-fat Dairy Helps You Avoid Prediabetes and Diabetes
When we eat a lot of full-fat dairy foods we are less likely to get the metabolic syndrome, which leads to prediabetes and on to diabetes.

Walk Away Your Diabetes
If you can walk, do it. Glucose control is key for our success in managing our diabetes, and walking has now been proven to help.

Take Zinc If Your Diabetes Is High
If your diabetes isn’t well controlled, you need to take a daily zinc pill. But if you are healthy, be sure to skip it.


My Slideshows​

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

A1C Tests: Questions and Answers
The A1C test is the gold standard of diabetes management. Here are the top 9 questions and answers explaining it.

6 Reasons Why You Always Need to Carry Glucose Tabs
Glucose tabs aren’t just for people with type 1 diabetes. Many people with type 2 take medicine that can cause hypos.

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, March 30, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. CST, 8:00 p.m. EST, 6:00 p.m. MST, and 5:00 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.

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.


Health Central
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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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