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Diabetes Update #226: Goodbye

May 1, 2017

By David Mendosa

A Fairy Slipper Orchid (Calypso bulbosa)

Golden Gate Canyon State Park,
Colorado, June 12, 2013


This is the final issue of this newsletter I will write. I started it 17 years ago, but now I have been diagnosed with an incurable cancer. I am glad to be able to write that this type of cancer is not one of the many complications of diabetes.

Each of these newsletter issues and my website will remain online because my Webmaster for the past decade, Abhijit, will continue to maintain it. He knows a lot about type 2 diabetes caring for his parents who suffer from it. Abhijit has told me he might write about diabetes on at some point in the near future.

If you wish to follow my final journey, I share it on a wonderful website called Caring Bridge.

My New Diabetes Articles for HealthCentral:

These are my final articles about how to manage diabetes:

Is The Glycemic Index Reliable?
The usefulness of the glycemic index was challenged by scientists at Tufts University in a study published by them in 2016. However, some of the leading researchers of glycemic index have now refuted claims from the study. Though this controversy can help the rest of us to understand the glycemic index better.  

Support Groups Can Help You Manage Your Diabetes Better
If you have diabetes or pre-diabetes look for a local diabetes support group to help you manage your condition better. Even the best websites on diabetes are not perfect at providing everything everybody needs. Websites still can’t offer the peer support we get when we are in face-to-face contact with members of our communities.

Mindfulness Can Help You Manage Your Diabetes And Weight
Losing weight is very important for almost everyone with type 2 diabetes because it makes managing the disease easier. Eating and drinking mindfully are perhaps the most important keys to losing weight and managing diabetes.

Gain Less Weight By Starting Insulin Early
Three out of every 10 Americans who have type 2 diabetes inject insulin. But sadly, only a few people start on insulin when they are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. But research shows that starting basal insulin as soon as you know that you have type 2 diabetes can help you reduce your glucose levels, while not causing too much weight gain, as is typical with using a rapid acting insulin.

The Worst Myth about Diabetes
Will your type 2 diabetes get progressively worse? It will if you follow the advice of most doctors.

Avoid Toxic Relationships for Your Health
Toxic relationships—massive failures of communication—are widespread. The relationship or “chemistry” almost always is what’s toxic. Don’t blame yourself or the other. Just leave.

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, May 31, 2017, 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 adding 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

The HealthCentral Network now has free weekly newsletters that will now notify you by email of new articles that I write for that site. Just click on "Get Our Newsletters" and then check the “Diabetes” box at the top right corner of any of my articles at

You can also read earlier versions of many of these articles at Health Central. You can can receive them via RSS, and “Feedly” is a good way to get and read them.

This Newsletter:
  1. Is and will remain free.
  2. Will never include advertising (except targeted Google ads at the bottom of the web page and not in the email newsletter).
  3. Nor will I ever sell, rent, or trade your email address to anyone.
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  5. I will disclose any conflict of interest.
  6. If and when I learn of any errors of fact, I will correct them.

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