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Diabetes Update 131: Vitamin D

June 1, 2009

By David Mendosa


Baby Spotted Coralroot Orchid

Along Spring Brook Loop Trail near Boulder, May 18, 2009

  • My New Diabetes Articles for Health Central:

    So far I have written 386 articles for the Health Central Network about all aspects of diabetes. In May this great website published eleven more of my new diabetes articles:

  • Microwaving Veggies. Spanish scientists report that the microwave is one of the safest ways to microwave vegetables. Antioxidants fared best with microwaving or griddling.

  • Vitamin D Levels in the ICU. Is your Vitamin D level high enough to keep you out of the ICU? Australian endocrinologists studied the vitamin D status in ICU patients. Their mean serum level of Vitamin D was 16 ng/ml. Three of these patients died. Each of them had undetectable levels of Vitamin D.

  • Drinking White Tea to Lose Weight. When you drink white tea, you may lose weight, according to a new study. And if you drink it without any caloric sweetener, it sure won't make you gain weight.

  • Choosing Exercise or Antioxidants. A new study indicates that the two most common supplements can actually work against our exercise efforts. Those supplements are vitamins C and E.

  • Power of Prevention. The American Association of Clinical Educators new magazine, Power of Prevention, is now in doctor's offices around the country. The article that I liked best is about me.

  • Endocrinologists Meet. Health Central sent me to Houston to report on the annual convention of American endocrinologists. These are the people who treat diabetes and who work on the best ways to control and cure it.

  • The Vitamin D Window. Dr. Neil Binkley, an expert on Vitamin D, told the annual convention of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists that we have a wide window for our vitamin D levels. Most people haven't climbed into that window.

  • Welcoming Welchol. A new medication is the only diabetes drug we have that can also help us control our level of LDL (bad) cholesterol. It's also one of the few diabetes medications that won't make us gain weight.

  • Early Warning for our Hearts. We now have an early warning that can help people with diabetes prevent heart attacks and strokes. I checked out this non-invasive, inexpensive, and easy-to-use device called the VENDYS, developed by Endothelix Inc., in May when I was in Houston.
  • Intensive Control Does Work. A new study for the first time provides reliable evidence linking intensive blood glucose control with fewer heart attacks. In spite of the ACCORD study, intensive control does work.

  • Triglycerides and Neuropathy. A standard and simple test of the level of blood fat that we have may be the best way to predict if we will get diabetic neuropathy. The common blood test for triglycerides predicts our chance of getting neuropathy even better than high blood glucose.

  • 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, June 30, 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.

  • At the beginning of the call Dr. Bernstein will provide new information that is not in his books.

  • Support Access to Diabetes Self-Management Training and Education

    Diabetes educators across the country need your help. Hopefully many of you have been able to meet with a diabetes educator and have been helped to self-manage your diabetes. Diabetes educators are a dedicated group of health professionals and feel passionately that diabetes self-management training is a right of every individual with diabetes. They want their programs to be available to all people suffering with diabetes.

    Please help them by telling Congress to pass the Medicare DSMT Act as part of the national health reform. By signing this petition you are helping to promote Medicare access to quality diabetes education and training by Certified Diabetes Educators. Please sign the petition at


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