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Diabetes Update 164: Testing Your Blood Glucose

March 1, 2012

By David Mendosa


A Ferruginous Hawk Flies

Near Barr Lake, Colorado,
on February 13, 2012 

  • My New Diabetes Articles for HealthCentral:

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

    A big new review shows that people who don’t use insulin are wasting their time and money when they test their blood glucose. I agree. And I still recommend that everyone who has diabetes test his or her blood.

    My newest discovery is a type of fermented soybean that is little known in this country but is popular in its native Japan. It’s called natto. It is healthy, unlike unfermented soy products. And like other fermented foods, it is lower in carbohydrate that the nutrition facts label indicates.

    The important new book, Eating Your Heart Out?, is indeed about eating and your heart. But it is much more.

    Don't have the recommended 150 minutes to exercise each week? No problem. You can do it in 20 minutes.

  • Fitness and Photograph for Fun:
    Last month I published five more of my articles on staying fit by getting the activity we need. Photography gets me to hike, and hiking keeps me fit:

    The Denver metro area is a big city. But all around it we can find much natural beauty including the incredible landscape at Roxborough State Park and birdlife everywhere.

    At just 10 feet shy of 12,000, Loveland Pass is one of the highest passes over the Continental Divide. Since it's an important cross-country route, we keep it open even in winter, offering great views.
    The Nature Principle
    From views of both tame and wild birds as well hungry mammals, nature offered up her beauty at Red Rocks and Crown Hill Park near Denver.

    You may well have the nature-deficit disorder. But if you do, Richard Louv's great new book shows how to cure this deadly disease.

    It took three attempts, but I finally got to see the Rosy-Finches at Red Rocks, one of the few places where all three species live.

  • 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 available free either on the Internet or by phone. You can click here to register

    Dr. Bernstein's next live webcast will be on Wednesday, March 28, 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 "Statin's Pro's and Con's."

  • Searching for My Articles
    Whenever you want to find anything that I have written about diabetes -- whether on my website or on HealthCentral 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 HealthCentral, which is now a part of Remedy Health Media.

    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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    The Health Central Network will now notify you by email of new articles (SharePosts) by me or anyone who posts at Just click on "Subscribe" at the top of each of my articles or on my "Profile" page.

    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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