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Number 156: The Long Dawn Phenomenon

July 1, 2011

By David Mendosa


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Comanche National Grassland, June 5, 2011

  • My New Diabetes Articles for HealthCentral:

    Last month HealthCentral published six more of my diabetes articles about all aspects of the condition:

    We all need to have something in our life that deeply interests us. Those of us who have diabetes probably need it more than most people because of the burden of our chronic disease. We need something to live for. I want to help you to find your passion. The key is to expand and develop your interests in whatever it is that you care at least a little about. For more ideas, please read this article.
    The new book titled The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living can help almost anyone. But those of us who have diabetes stand to benefit the most.
    Almost all of us have food cravings. For those of us who have diabetes, our food cravings can make us lose control of our blood glucose levels and our weight. Dr. Joyce Nash, a clinical psychologist in private practice in Menlo Park, California, has some great tips about how to control the cravings that we have for different foods.
    Well-managed diabetes is the cause of nothing, Dr. Bill Polonsky,  stated in his talk to the Social Media Summit in San Diego on June 24. Poor management of diabetes is the leading cause of blindness, non-traumatic amputations, and end-stage renal disease in America, and this confuses a lot of us. But when we manage our diabetes the odds are good that we will have a long, healthy life with diabetes.
    How would you like to manage your diabetes by taking your medicine just once a month? You can’t do that yet. But that prospect is on the horizon.

    The Long Dawn Phenomenon
    A new study presented at the American Diabetes Association meeting in San Diego on June 26 shows that the dawn phenomenon lasts much later in the day than we ever knew before. That's why it is so important to minimize the amount of carbohydrate that we eat at breakfast..
  • Fitness and Photograph for Fun:
  • Last month I published 10 more of my articles on staying fit by getting the activity we need. Photography is what does it for me:

    A fabulous cruise through the Inside Passage was the main event of my visit to Alaska this year, followed by an optional extension by train from Juneau to Skagway and on to Carcross, Yukon Territory. Most of my fellow tourists made that extension, but only my friend Parkie and I stayed for an extra two days in Juneau, the state capital.

    My Alaska vacation ended with an overview from on high, a helicopter tour of the glaciers in Juneau’s backyard. My good weather luck in Alaska held to the end when the clouds broke on Friday morning, offering me excellent viewing for a helicopter tour.

    North Cascades National Park in north-central Washington is about water and trees. I got there on a clear day, and the views that I enjoyed the most were those on a small scale — streams and individual trees.

    Experiencing Glacier National Park in Montana was one of the big reasons why I drove to and from Seattle on my recent trip to Alaska rather than flying all the way there. A helicopter flight over the park was both literally and figuratively the high point of my visit.

    Almost as soon as I returned from my trip to the northwest, I took off again. This time my trip took me to the southeast: Comanche National Grassland in Colorado and Black Mesa State Park in Oklahoma. Dust bowl country.  

    The biggest surprise and the most fun that I had last month in Comanche National Grassland was an opportunity to watch and photograph the branding of calves on a ranch of “neighbors” of the Everetts, where I stayed.

    All the photos that I took at Walden Ponds on June 11 were of birds. Some of them were pretty neat, including one of a Red-winged Blackbird landing on a Great Blue Heron.

    “I’m going to do what I can to have fun,” a fellow I met who was planning to ski down Mount Evans in June told me. I share that philosophy.

    The rare and beautiful Fairy Slipper orchids were in bloom for a couple of weeks in Golden Gate Canyon State Park. So of course I went there to photograph then.

  • Free Stress and Mood Management Program for People with Type 2 Diabetes

    While most people experience some level of stress in their daily lives, people who are living with diabetes are more likely to have stress than people without diabetes. In addition, people with diabetes who are stressed often have higher glucose levels and trouble sticking to their diabetes management plans. Numerous research studies have demonstrated that taking steps to manage your stress can lead to you feeling better mentally and physically. Relieving stress and improving mood has been shown to help people take control of their diabetes and reduce their A1c.

    As part of the Diabetes Stress Relief study, researchers the University of South Florida (USF) are offering adults with type 2 diabetes a FREE online program that will teach ways to manage stress and improve mood. The program is conducted entirely online through an interactive website that uses graphics, animations, audio, and video to explain techniques that will help you set goals, solve problems, manage time, change the way you think, and relax. The Stress and Mood Management Program teaches you a variety of skills so that you can decide which work best for you. Because it is an Internet-based program, it is convenient and flexible so it easily fits into your hectic life and busy schedule. You can sign on and participate whenever is best for you, from wherever you are. There are eight weekly sections that each take less than 30 minutes! to complete. It provides you with real information that you can use in your life to relieve stress and manage your mood. This is the same beneficial information that is offered through expensive workshops and seminars, and it is being provided for FREE to participants of the Diabetes Stress Relief Study.

    If you are interested in learning more about the study or would like to sign up, you can visit the study’s website at or you can email [email protected] or call 1.800.576.3901 to reach the researchers directly. The study is voluntary and has been approved by the USF Institutional Review Board (Pro00002563); some eligibility criteria apply.

  • 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, July 27, 2011, at 7 p.m. CST, 8 p.m. EST, 6 p.m. MST, and 5 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.

    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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