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Diabetes Update 180: Standing Up

July 1, 2013

By David Mendosa

A Bear in the Yukon

Near the Alaska Highway, June 23, 2013  

My New Diabetes Articles for HealthCentral:

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

    If you have diabetes, you probably have sleep apnea without knowing it. And unless you manage the sleep apnea, you can't manage your diabetes.

    As we bred sweeter taste into our food we unwittingly bred out nutrition. This great new book, Eating on the Wild Side, can guide how we reclaim our due nutritional heritage.

    Exercise helps us manage our diabetes better. But new research now suggests that just getting up from the couch helps us even more.

    People with diabetes have three proven ways to defeat obesity and thereby manage their diabetes. Cheryl, who is my friend and colleague at HealthCentral, used one of these ways. I used the other two.

    The DX also published one of my articles:

    People with diabetes need the best food we can get. We can find locally grown, fresh food from more than one source. But in my mind, growing at least a little of your own food in your own garden, out in nature, just can’t be beat.

  • Fitness and Photograph for Fun:

    Last month I published 12 more of my articles on staying fit by getting the activity we need. Photography gets me to hike, and hiking keeps me fit:

    My new tour of the American Southwest started with two days at the Great Sand Dunes National Park in Southern Colorado, where I had fun climbing the tallest dunes in North America. I left home in Boulder on May 5 and drove 3,400 miles. I stayed in southern Colorado, in central New Mexico, in southeastern and northern Arizona, and in Utah. While the 5,800 photos that I took may seem like a lot, it was only 1.7 photos per mile.

    This may be the off-season for birding in Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. But it didn’t matter to me because it’s still a birders paradise.

    I only stayed four nights in Cave Creek Canyon, but it was why I went back to Arizona for my three-week trip to the American Southwest. My first priority for my visit to this area was to see and photograph an Elegant Trogon, and I succeeded right away.

    Huachuca Mountains
    The best thing about staying in Miller Canyon within the Huachuca Mountains was to see the endangered Spotted Owl for the first time. Getting a good photo took hours, but it was worth the effort.

    The Nature Conservancy, which I support, protects this cool and moist canyon and the wildlife that live there.

    The San Pedro River is a long, narrow oasis running northward through the Chihuahuan and Sonoran Deserts in southeastern Arizona, and the Casa de San Pedro Bed & Breakfast Inn where I stayed is its heart. 

    Sedona is one of the most attractive small cities that I have ever visited, both in the city itself and its surroundings. The view near there of Cathedral Rock from Oak Creek at Red Rock Crossing was the most photographed location in all of Arizona, and I made sure to capture the scene.

    Somehow, I had the most fun of my whole trip to the Southwest when I went on a couple of very rough jeep roads near Sedona. I didn't even fall off the cliff, although I got kissed for the effort.

    After several trips to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon over the years I've lived in the American West, I finally got to the equally beautiful but much less crowded North Rim. I think that some of the photographs that I took there show that my trip to the less traveled side of our greatest National Park was worth the effort.

    When I see strange animal behavior that I don't understand, I stop and watch and try to figure out what happened. In this case it was a tragedy.

    Clear Creek flows through Prospect Park, usually gently and attracting many waterbirds. But the heavy snows of May means the creek is no longer gentle. So the birds moved to nearby lakes. They included our most beautiful native waterbird and a brood of 16 baby Mallards following their mother.

    While at least 33 species of orchids grow wild in Colorado, I have only seen two of them on my hikes. But they may be the most beautiful of all that we have where I live.

  • 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, July 31 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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