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Diabetes Update 133: The Good Fats

August 1, 2009

By David Mendosa

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  • My New Diabetes Articles for Health Central:

    So far I have written 403 articles for the Health Central Network about all aspects of diabetes. In July this great website published nine more of my new diabetes articles:

  • The Glucocard 01-Mini Meter. My new blood glucose meter is perfect for travelling or hiking. It's small, fast, has a small sample size, and features pre- and post-meal flags. It's easy to read and has auto coding of test strips. I can even personalize it with a choice of face plates.

  • The Infinity Meter. The price of blood glucose meters isn't the problem. But the price of test strips sure can be. The new Infinity meter may solve that problem for you.

  • A Short Walk Goes a Long Way. A new study shows how we can reverse one of the most common and insidious complications of diabetes when we walk just a little more. From 50 to 70 percent of people with type 2 diabetes and 95 percent of those who are obese have fatty liver. And up to 77 percent of people who have fatty liver don't have any symptoms.

  • Our Dental Alarm Bell. Dental disease is a wake-up call that your diet is harming your body. Dental problems in the short term may portend potentially serious chronic diseases in the long term. We can prevent them when we avoid fermentable carbohydrates.

  • Walking with Poles. When use poles on our walks, we can strengthen our upper body too. Ken Mundt shows us how.

  • Accurate Meters May Be Coming. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is finally planning to require that our blood glucose meters will meet high standards of accuracy and precision. It's about time.

  • The Good Fats. When we don't eat much carbohydrate, we need to get our energy elsewhere. That can come only from the fats we eat. But what are the good fats? They are those with the highest proportion of monounsaturated fatty acids.

  • Roche's Social Media Summit. Roche Diabetes Care this week took a bold and potentially dangerous step into the unknown. This leading manufacturer of blood glucose meters invited 29 of us who write about diabetes to what they called the "Social Media Summit" in Indianapolis.
  • Intensive Control Works. A new study shows that intensive control substantially lowers the risk of some serious complications of diabetes. That's with an average A1C levels of 7 percent. We can only imagine how much more we would be able to reduce our risks of complications when we achieve truly normal A1C levels.

  • 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 Monday, August 31, 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. 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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