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Diabetes Update #196: Snacking with Diabetes

November 1, 2014

By David Mendosa


My New Diabetes Articles for HealthCentral:

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

Snacking with Diabetes
Snack food can be healthy, low carb, or tasty. Now one is all of these.

Drink Camel Milk for Diabetes Control
Now that we can buy camel milk in the United States, why should we? Besides great taste, we have other reasons. The big one is that drinking it will reduce our blood sugar level and need for insulin injections.

How Often Should People with Diabetes Check Their A1C?
We need to check our A1C more often than the experts have recommended, says a new study. And even more often than the study says.

Diabetes and Hypothyroidism: Partners in Ill Health
If you have diabetes, you may well have hypothyroidism without knowing it. The symptoms are often mistaken for high blood sugar.

Fitness and Photograph for Fun:

Last month I published 18 more of my articles on staying fit by getting the activity we need. Photography gets me to hike, and hiking keeps me fit:

Bear Canyon
The Bear Canyon Trail is one of several trails surrounding the National Center for Atmospheric Research. The trailhead is less than three miles from my apartment in south Boulder and is always worth visiting for birds, flowers, wildlife, insects, and/or views of the beautiful NCAR building.

Sandstone Ranch
Warblers have arrived at Sandstone Ranch. They difficult to photograph, but I nevertheless captured images of these colorful birds.

Meyers Homestead Trail
A moderate hike on this trail didn’t offer any photos of birds, but it did provide a little most most everything else.

Walden and Sawhill Ponds
On this visit to Boulder’s best birding place I captured the image of a male House Finch in flight.

Cache la Poudre Corridor
American White Pelicans were the stars of the show when I visited this large natural area near Fort Collins, Colorado. But a Great Blue Heron was also special.

Rocky Mountain Raptor Program
The Environmental Learning Center saves injured raptors near Fort Collins, Colorado. Here are some extreme close-ups of eagles and hawks.

West Pawnee Ranch B&B
Six years ago during my first trip to the Pawnee National Grassland of northeastern Colorado I checked out the West Pawnee Ranch Bed and Breakfast. This time I was finally able to stay there.

Pawnee National Grassland Birding Tour
During the three days that I drove the 21 mile birding tour on dirt roads in the Pawnee National Grassland I saw birds, bugs, beasts, and big sky.

Crow Valley Campground
A campground might sound like an unlikely place to find birds. But the one at Crow Valley is the premium location in the entire Pawnee National Grassland, and I found plenty of them there.

No other animal symbolizes the American West as much as the Pronghorn. They are the only large animal that can eat much sagebrush, the plant of the West.

History of the Pawnee Grassland
You can see much of the history of the Pawnee National Grassland at the Pawnee Buttes and the hardscrabble land nearby. But two great novels also tell its story.

The Natural Resources of the Pawnee Grassland
Oil and natural gas aren’t the only important energy sources found on the grassland. Water and wind are even more important for the people who live there.

Mitchell Lake
This beautiful lake in the Indian Peaks Wilderness never has any birds. Or so I thought. Still, I took my long lens and was amply rewarded by migrating Mergansers.

Mud Lake and Aspens
This time I went to Mud Lake only to see the aspens. This is fall and it was spectacular near the lake.

Leaf Peeping
At this time of the year leaf peeping is a nice thing to do. I did it at Coot Lake.

Moraine Park’s Elk
The elk in Rocky Mountain National Park are active at lower elevations this time of the year. I was able to get close to them.

Wild Basin
Winter is arriving in the Rocky Mountain National Park. But the trails are still passable at the lower elevations of Wild Basin, which is only 8,000 to 9,000 feet up. My hiking buddy and I made one more trip to the Rockies this year and were rewarded by waterfalls and birdlife.

Water in Fort Collins
The Cache la Poudre River that flows through Fort Collins is the reason for the city. The river and its many ponds near its watercourse attracts birds and therefore me. But I found my favorite bird near a reservoir away from the river.

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, November 26, 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.

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