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Diabetes Update 127: When We Peak

February 1, 2009

By David Mendosa

Collared Lizard

Collared Lizard

My friend Tim Kline captured this image of an incredibily colorful lizard in Western Colorado, and authorized me to reproduce it here. His website is Ordinary Animals.

  • My New Diabetes Articles for Health Central:

    So far I have written 351 articles for the Health Central Network about all aspects of diabetes. In January this great website published eight more of my new diabetes articles:

  • Breaking the Diabetes-Alzheimer's Connection. We now know what we have to do to break the link between diabetes and Alzheimer's disease. We have to maintain tight blood glucose control, which, of course, is exactly what we have to do anyway to control diabetes. And exercise helps a lot with both controlling diabetes and preventing Alzheimer's.

  • Good News About Non-Caloric Sweeteners. Don't worry about non-caloric sweeteners. They won't make us more hungry and therefore won't make us eat more. The earlier studies were wrong. The non-caloric sweetener that excites me the most -- and I now use myself -- is an extract of stevia called Truvia.

  • Exercise for Maintaining Weight Loss. Walking is the least expensive and most readily available way to get the exercise that we all need to help us keep the weight off for the long term.

  • i-SENS is Coming. This big Korean company is beginning to market its blood glucose meters and test strips in the U.S. This should mean better and less expensive meters and strips for all of us who have diabetes.

  • Vitamin D Testing. The test I like best to see if our levels of Vitamin D are high enough -- and just bought for myself -- comes from the nonprofit organization, GrassrootsHealth.

  • Nuts and Seeds. Nuts and seeds are an important part of the diet of all of us who have diabetes. We need to eat them in moderation, because they are high in fat, which will make us fat. The best nuts and seeds are those with the best ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 fats. They are walnuts and chia seeds.

  • Social Costs of Weight. Almost everyone who has type 2 diabetes is overweight. And therefore almost everyone with type 2 diabetes suffers from fat prejudice. Here's what we can do about it.

  • When We Peak. The blood glucose levels of people with diabetes tend to peak at about 73 minutes after the first bite of our meal. Yet our organizations say to test two hours after starting a meal.

  • 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.

    Dr. Bernstein's next live Tele-Seminar is Tuesday,
    February 24, at 8:00 PM EST, 7:00 PM CST, 6:00 PM MST, and 5:00 PM 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 seminar is free. You can click here to register: It's also available as a live webcast both on the Internet and by phone.

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