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Diabetes Update 162: Eating Right

January 1, 2012

By David Mendosa


A Rufous-tailed Hummingbird
on November 26, 2011

This tiny hummingbird, weighing about 0.2 ounces,
brightened my day at the
Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary in Belize

  • My New Diabetes Articles for HealthCentral:

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

    You can almost always find good food wherever you travel. Here is some tips about how to avoid increasing blood glucose levels and weight.

    Everywhere we go we find people using traditional supplements to manage their diabetes. When I went to Belize, I discovered noni. Many people prefer supplements to prescription medicine because they are natural. But is natural always better?

    Taking advantage of an optical illusion, we can fool ourselves into losing weight. While fooling ourselves is not always smart, in this case it is, even if we know what we are doing.

    Having a passion for something is one of the best reasons to live. Here is a new book that I hope will inspire a passion in you. "The Passionate Life" is available free as an e-book.

  • Fitness and Photograph for Fun:

    Last month I published 17 more of my articles on staying fit by getting the activity we need. Photography is what does it for me:

    For two weeks at the end of November I visited the Central American country of Belize. In December I wrote 11 photo essays about that wonderful trip. The first of these is: Visiting Belize

    White Sands National Monument, New Mexico:
    I went to New Mexico to learn how to be a photographer and incidentally to take pictures. The first of my two photo essays from White Sands is: Between the Storms

    Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico:
    Sandhill Cranes was why I went to Bosque. The first of these two photo essays is: Bosque's Cranes and Geese

    By Bird Feeder at Home:
    I even stayed home in Boulder and went hiking and snowshoeing here. But my best shots were from my living room of birds and other wildlife at my bird feeder. The first of these two photo essays is: Hard Times in Colorado

  • New Flickr Site

    I keep added some of my favorites nature photographs on In the past month I have added several 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, January 25, 2012, 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 "Is Glucose a Continuous Risk Factor for Cardiovascular Mortality."

    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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