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Diabetes Update: Lose Your Wheat Belly

December 1, 2011

By David Mendosa


A Parrot in Belize

Globally endangered partly because of the pet trade,
this Yellow-headed Parrot lives in the Crooked
Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, which I visited on
November 20, 2011

  • My New Diabetes Articles for HealthCentral:

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

    The future of blood glucose testing is here. You can now automatically upload your levels to your computer and/or to your doctor's computers from six of the leading meters made by three of the four market leaders. This new program and cable works with an iPhone, and iPod Touch, or an iPad.

    An e-book by Dr. Richard K. Bernstein, the leading proponent of a very low-carb diet for managingdiabetes, has just appeared. You can read this great guide with the free Kindle app. While it of course runs on a Kindle, you don't have to have one, since the Kindle app also runs on an iPhone, an iPod Touch, an iPad, a Windows PC computer, a Mac computer, a BlackBerry, an Android device, or a Windows Phone 7.

    This new book by Dr. William Davis, a preventative cardiologist, goes even farther than a very low-carb diet and can help us even more. If we avoid absolutely all wheat, we can feel remarkably better both mentally and physically, have better blood glucose readings, and lose weight.

    If you check your clock or your watch to make sure that you wait long enough to get a second helping, you will often feel full before eating more. By avoiding seconds, you can more easily manage your weight, something that almost all of us with diabeteshave to do. This overindulgent time of year is a good time to start this practice.

    Endurance athletes and hot yoga enthusiasts are hardly the only people who have to stay hydrated. Lots of us have a problem maintaining our electrolyte balance. Most electrolyte replenishers are too high in calories and carbohydrates for people with diabetes. But we have one excellent choice.

  • New Flickr Site

    In the November issue of the "Diabetes Update" newsletter I announced that I am now sharing some of my favorites photographs on Flickr. In the past month I have added many more. You can find them the easiest way by clicking here.

  • 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 webcast will be on Wednesday, December 28, 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 special topic for this webcast will be hypothyroidism.

    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.

  • Searching for My Articles

    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.

    Just go to and check which one of the four sites you want to search and enter what you want to find in the search block.


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    Each month I describe and link my new Health Central articles here. But you can also use a blog reader to keep up with my articles more quickly. I use Bloglines, as I describe in my article, “Reading Health Blogs.

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