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Diabetes Update 178: Stress

May 1, 2013

By David Mendosa

A Turquoise-browed

Tarcoles River, Costa Rica,
April 10, 2013  

My New Diabetes Articles for HealthCentral:

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

    Kimchi Makes People with Diabetes Smile
    Kimchi is a side dish that makes almost all Koreans smile. Tasty and healthful, kimchi can make the rest of us smile too.

    A new study concluded that walking briskly can lower our risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, anddiabetes as much as running can. It depends on how many miles we cover, not the amount of time that we take.

    Reducing the Mental Stress of Diabetes

    Having Diabetes can be stressful both physically and mentally. While we usually focus on dealing with the physical stress of diabetes, we have excellent tools to deal with the mental stress too.

    The message of 24 studies of attentive eating is clear. If you really want to lose weight, the best strategy is probably not counting calories. It is simply to pay attention to your food when you sit down to eat.

  • Fitness and Photograph for Fun:

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

    Costa Rica: Bougainvillea Gardens
    Hotel Bougainvillea in the suburbs of Costa Rica's capital city, San Jose, is where I started my visit to this wonderful Central American country. The hotel has beautiful gardens that attract many birds and other wildlife.

    After driving about 70 miles, the Pacific Ocean and the hotel at Punta Leone came into view. En route I saw owls and crocodiles and in the area around Punta Leone much, much more.

    The birdlife in and around Punta Leone includes some of the most beautiful and colorful on the planet. Here are scarlet macaws and other parrots, motmots, manakins, trogons, toucans, and more.

    A highlight of my trip to Costa Rica was an afternoon boat trip near the mouth of the Tarcoles River where it reaches the Pacific Ocean.
    The bird that I most wanted to see in Costa Rica was the Resplendent Quetzal, one of the most special and beautiful birds in the world. When I saw it on our trip to the highlands of the country I could not have been more pleased.

    ​This is truly an ecolodge with wildlife, flowers, and trees all around. Its beautiful setting took us to the Caribbean slope of Costa Rica.​

    ​Near Rancho Naturalista on the Caribbean slope of Costa Rica I was able to photograph the uncommon Sunbittern, which showed me how it earned its name. Then, I returned home, where 36 inches of snow had just fallen. Quite a different climate from Costa Rica!​

  • 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, May 29 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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