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Diabetes Update #186: The Dawn Phenomenon Solved

January 1, 2014

By David Mendosa

A Masked Weaver

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.

A Great New Meter System for Diabetes Blood Sugar Tracking
The OneTouch Verio Sync may be the best meter system when it arrives early in 2014. But to take full advantage of it you will need an iPhone, an iPod touch, or an iPad, and only about 600,000,000 of us have one.

The Dawn Phenomenon: A Diabetes Puzzle Solved
The dawn phenomenon has always concerned and mystified those of us who have diabetes and our doctors alike. But four new studies demonstrate who gets it, how bad it is, its effect on our A1C, and how to prevent it.

Twin Diabetes Highs: Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar
The new expert panel on high blood pressure says that we still have to keep it below 140/90. Two-thirds of us don’t, and the consequences can be severe. Drugs are a shortcut that can help. But the best way is the same way that helps manage our blood sugar.

A Christmas Gift to People with Diabetes from Polymer
The best way that we have to check our A1C level will continue to be available after all. Two days before Christmas Polymer Technology Systems announced that it has acquired the A1CNow family of products from Bayer Diabetes Care.

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:

Into the Jungle
I took “a short walk in the rainforest.” It turned out to be a long trek into the Amazonian jungle.

A Quintessential Afternoon on the Amazon
One afternoon on my tour of the Amazon River in Peru I had all the experiences I could hope for: Not only the river but also birdlife and monkeys topped off by a glorious sunset.

A Meadow on the Amazon
Meadows are some of my favorite places. Most people love meadows, probably because we have ancestral or genetic memories of them. When our ancestors came out of the woods, we felt much safer in meadows because we could see danger approaching. Birds love meadows too, but for different reason. The edge of a meadow is an ecotone, which is a transition area. The meadow provides food and the forested area around it provides safety. The birds that I photographed near this meadow on the Amazon were spectacular.

Some People of the Amazon
Women cook, men fish, and people live in riverside villages. This is the life along the Amazon.

Market Day on the Amazon
I happened to be in a small city called Nauta on the Amazon on market day, which is a colorful event anywhere. In Nauta it was especially colorful.

Peru’s Lachay Hills
My tour of the Amazon River in Peru began and ended in Lima. But we had one extra day to visit a unique ecosystem two hours north of Lima on the cold and misty South Pacific Ocean.

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, January 29, 2014, 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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