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Diabetes Update #185: Diabetes without Drugs

December 1, 2013

By David Mendosa

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My New Diabetes Articles for HealthCentral:

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

Grateful for Diabetes
We are lucky to know that we have diabetes. If we do, we can then control it so well that we can be healthier and happier than before our diagnosis.

Drinking and Diabetes Don’t Mix
Why drink if you have diabetes? Alcohol is empty calories. It can wreck our blood sugar and our weight.

Diabetes without Drugs
Managing diabetes without drugs can be hard at first. But it gets easy and is much safer.

Marvelous Macadamias for Diabetes
Not only do macadamias taste great, but these are perhaps the healthiest of all nuts and the best for people with diabetes.

Will the Diabetes Sentry Prevent Hypos?
The only non-invasive device that might tell when you are going hypo is back. It might work for you..

Fitness and Photograph for Fun:

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

Alaska Ferry
Returning home on the ferry was one of the best parts of my nine-week trip to Alaska this summer. Except for short stops at the ports of Yakutat, Juneau, and Ketchikan, I had little to do except to meet new friends.

Back in the Lower 48
Arriving in Washington State on the Alaska Ferry, I stayed with friends near Seattle. My photographs were of beautiful garden flowers.

Bear River
Driving quickly home to Boulder because I had another travel commitment, I still took time to stop at the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. While I hadn’t heard of it before, it turned out to be one of the biggest birding hotspots.

A Retreat to Nada
Right after returning for Alaska I set forth once more. This trip, however, was much more of an inward journey. It was a week-long meditation retreat at the Nada hermitage.

The Amazon River
My trip to Peru to go up the Amazon River got off to a great start.

Challenging Days in Amazonia
Not surprisingly, visiting the Amazon isn’t easy. A rainy day and an upset stomach presented challenges. Still, I managed to get some adequate photographs.

Some Kingfishers
Kingfishers are a family of some of my favorite birds. I don’t know why, except for the fact that they all have heads that are large in proportion to their bodies. Like my size 8 ¼ head.

Back to Nauta Creek
Male sungrebes, like the one in this photoessay, have an unusual feature that is unique among birds. They carry their chicks within skin pouches on the underside of the wings. And their wings look like an Impressionist painting.

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 Monday, December 30, 2013, at 7PM CST, 8PM EST, 6PM MST, 5PM PST. He designed it to answer your most important questions concerning diabetes and to offer his thoughts on the latest developments in this area.

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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