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Diabetes Update 146: Tiny New Lancets

September 1, 2010

By David Mendosa


Rufous Hummingbird

Near Walden, Colorado, August 4, 2010

  • My New Diabetes Articles for Health Central:
    • Last month HealthCentral published seven more of my diabetes articles about all aspects of the condition:

    • Sugar-Free Chocolate. Now somebody finally makes sugar-free chocolate bars that are both healthful and tasty. A panel that I convened confirmed my good opinion of this wonderful treat.

    • A New Talking Meter. The Solo V2 has several advantages over the meters that we already had. The meter will speak to you in either English or Spanish. It will audibly walk you through set up, testing, and recall of the memory and averages. It will audibly explain all error messages, including a warning of insufficient blood, which will prevent false low test results. For people with some vision the Solo V2’s display is larger than that of any other meter. It returns a result in six second with only a tiny sample of 0.7 ml.

    • Tiny tiniBoy Lancets. A new lancet is the world's thinnest and shortest that people with diabetes can use to test their blood glucose. This new meter is 36 gauge and 0.7 mm in length.

    • Super Salads. Even people like me who follow a very low-carb diet eat and enjoy salad. Here are some tips for the very best ingredients.

    • Shameless Self-Promotion. The Diabetes PowerShow just interviewed me on the air. If you would like to find out more about me and how I control my diabetes you can listen to the podcast.

    • Why Vitamin D Isn't Snake Oil. Vitamin D prevents or treats so many conditions that you might think that it was all hype, snake oil. But now we know a couple of reasons why we need it for so many things.

    • Water and Weight. We now have proof that drinking water can help us to lose weight. Here's how.
  • 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 Wednesday, September 29, 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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    Whenever you want to find anything that I have written about diabetes -- whether on my website or on the Health Central 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 Health Central.

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