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Diabetes Update Number 169: Chia Seed Power

August 1, 2012

By David Mendosa


A Waxwing Poses

This Cedar Waxwing sits on a branch
along Boulder's Bear Canyon Trail
on July 23, 2012  

  • My New Diabetes Articles for HealthCentral:

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

    Chia Seed Power
    A new book by the man who rediscovered the ancient Aztec food tells what we need to know about chia seeds. People are beginning to call this tiny seed a superfood because of its high fiber content, its high ratio of the anti-inflammatory omega-3 to the inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids, and its impressive amounts of antioxidants. It is also a complete protein.

    The FDA just approved two new drugs that can help us to lose weight. But those of us who have diabetes already had our choice of three diabetes drugs that help us manage our blood sugar and have the happy side effect of weight loss.

    The standard guidelines for diabetes care recommend taking it step-by-step. But new research suggests that if we hit type 2 diabetes hard right from the first, our bodies will keep making its insulin for a long time.

    One size doesn't fit all when we go to pick out the diabetes devices we need. All of us need blood glucose meters and some of us need continuous glucose monitors, insulin pens, and insulin pumps. Gary Scheiner, a leading Certified Diabetes Educator, does a great job of explaining how to select the devices that are right for each of us.

    Anyone who uses an insulin pump or is considering one needs to read Pumping Insulin by John Walsh and Ruth Roberts. They have just come out with the fifth edition of this key guide. They are the experts.
  • 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:

    Most of the people on the Lake Isabelle Trail were smiling.  Maybe they were happy to be out in the wilderness.

    My favorite photograph from this hike was of a butterfly that I can't identify. Can you tell me what it is?

    Both Mitchell and Blue Lakes were beautiful, as always. But the Wilson's Warblers were a special treat.

    This trail is just minutes from my apartment. But migrants from Central America have a lot longer journey to get there. These migrants are some of the most beautiful birds we see in Boulder.

    Of the eight National Wildlife Refuges in Colorado I keep going back to one of them much more than all the others combined. This huge refuge is easy to explore because it offers free photo tours.

  • 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, August 29, 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. Dr. Bernstein's special topic this month is foot care.

  • 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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