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Diabetes Update Number 172: The Best Meters

November 1, 2012

By David Mendosa


A Weidemeyer's Admiral

Along South St. Vrain Creek,
Colorado, on July 3, 2012  
  • My New Diabetes Articles for HealthCentral:

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

    Best Blood Glucose Meters
    If you use a blood glucose meters from one of the big four meter companies to check your level four times a day, you will probably pay anywhere from $1,700 to $2,300 each year. But if instead you test with a meter and strips from one of the “big box” stores, you would be out of pocket only about $600 to $800. This is a useful bit of information from the latest Consumer Reports review of the “Best Blood Glucose Meters.”

    The Trouble with Steroids
    Those of us who have diabetes already had good reasons to be careful when we took steroids even before the recent outbreak of fungal meningitis.

    Managing Diabetes on a Budget
    Short of funds to manage your diabetes? if so, here are some tips that will help you get healthy for less.

    Prepare to See the Doctor
    Each of us is ultimately responsible for our own health. But we sometimes forget that fact when we are in the doctor's office. Here are some things to remember.

    Big Gulps are Out, Starch is In
    In the Big Apple the Big Gulp is out. The war on sweeteners has begun. But throughout America starch is still in. We eat a colossal amount of corn. Potatoes are plentiful. And bagels are bigger than ever. New York's crackdown on large servings of soda doesn't make sense.

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

    Fall Comes to Boulder
    Hiking around Coot Lake on one of the last days of fall, I didn't see any coots. But the landscape was glorious.

    The Eagle Still Flies
    Bald Eagles have made a wonderful comeback from nearly going extinct half a century ago. These majestic birds, a symbol of our nation, never fail to capture my attention. They are back in Boulder now and I captured these images of them.

    The Sawhill Ponds Landscape
    Boulder's most renowned photographer, Chris Brown, led a short photo safari to Sawhill Ponds where he taught some of us the fundamentals of exposure, focus, and composition. I also got some landscape shots of the ponds in fall..

    Heil Valley Ranch
    We saw at least 46 of these colorful Wild Turkeys. And none of them seemed the least bit afraid of becoming our Thanksgiving Dinner.

    Clear Creek
    Before the storm, Colorado's Clear Creek showed its fall colors in all their glory. And a hungry hawk.

    Sawhill Ponds in Fall
    The city of Boulder manages this open space just east of the city limits as a wildlife preserve for birds, fish, and animals, rather than people. We saw birds, fish, and fall colors there at the beginning of the week just before our first snowstorm.

  • 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, November 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 "More on the Blood Glucose Meter Scam."

  • 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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    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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