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Diabetes Update 177: Diabetes Without Sugar

April 1, 2013

By David Mendosa

A Northern Flicker Lifts Off

Tantra Lake, Boulder, Colorado, March 14, 2013  

My New Diabetes Articles for HealthCentral:

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

    Diabetes Without Sugar 
    Studies show that more than a minimal amount of fructose is hard on the health of anyone, particular those of us who have diabetes. Yet the American Diabetes Association has been saying for almost two decades that we can eat sugar. It also gets a lot of money from companies that sell sugar. Do you see any contradiction here?

    Confused About Diabetes
    Most people are confused about how best to manage their diabetes. But experience is a cure.

    Find the Best Diabetes Meters
    This extensive comparison of blood glucose meters from FindTheBest is something that all of us who have diabetes need. While it won't answer all our questions, it is still the best starting point when we want a new meter

    Omega-3 for Vegetarians with Diabetes
    Vegetarians will soon be able to get both omega-3 fatty acids without eating meat or taking fish oil or krill oil supplements. This is good news for people with diabetes who follow a vegetarian diet for ethical or other reasons.

    When we eat with our full attention, losing weight is easier, so we can manage our diabetes better.

  • Fitness and Photograph for Fun:

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

    A large flock of Sandhill Cranes migrated through the San Luis Valley in south central Colorado early last month. I watched their interesting behaviors during three morning and three afternoon visits and took film clips and still photos of them that I share with you here.

    This Northern Flicker was drumming like a jackhammer on top of the light post near where I was reading on my Kindle. I only wanted to be out in nature and didn't expect to get any photos. But I couldn't miss this chance and was able to capture an image of this woodpecker as it lifted off from its perch.

    The American Dipper that I saw and photographed in Boulder Creek is a member of a unique species. The only aquatic songbird in North America, American Dippers are unique in finding almost all of their food underwater in swiftly flowing streams.

  • 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, April 24 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. 

    Secrets to Normal Blood Sugars, version 2:

    Dr. Bernstein's patients pay $480 an hour for his time. Plus they have to fly to New York and rent an expensive hotel room for a two and one-half day office visit. But now at a fraction of this cost you can get some of his latest insights in this e-book. Even though I have been studying diabetes for 18 years, I learned a lot from it. The link is

  • 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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