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Diabetes Update: Chana Dal Tips

Number 17; July 15, 2001

By David Mendosa

This newsletter keeps you up-to-date with new articles, columns, and Web pages that I have written. I list and link most of these on my Diabetes Directory at

From time to time Diabetes Update may also include links to other Web pages of special interest.

My most recent contributions are:

    on July 13, 2001
  • Diabetes India
    Before I started to research my current "About the Internet" column on the American Diabetes Association's Web site, I assumed that diabetes was a worse problem here than anywhere else. It turns out that about 20 million people in India have diabetes, more than the number here. The prevalence of diabetes among Indians living in villages is low, but among those living in the cities it is even higher than the American rate. I wasn't able to visit India for my column, but I did visit the country's best Web sites about diabetes and talk on the phone with one of the country's leading endocrinologists, Dr. P.V. Rao. Since India has so many alternative treatments for diabetes, I wondered what Dr. Rao thought about them. In fact, the only one that he had anything good to say about was guar gum. I had used it previously and his recommendation inspired me to start taking it again. See the column at

    on July 13, 2001

  • All Diabetes Is Local
    "The Diabetes Epidemic Hits Home" takes the diabetes epidemic to the neighborhood level. I wrote this short introductory article for the newsletter of the Rolling Green Estates Improvement Association in Aptos, California. I live there and am a member of the board of directors of the association. The URL is

Updates include:

  • Chana Dal Tips
    Unlike most beans, chana dal doesn't come to you precooked in a can. But the cooking process doesn't have to be difficult. Correspondent Deb Platt offers an easy way to soften these very low glycemic beans. I have also used this method to soften adzuki beans with great success. Also new on my Chana Dal page are some recommended seasonings. You can find both tips in a highlighted block just preceding links to the recipes at

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