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Diabetes Update #200: Support Groups

March 1, 2015

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:

The Breakdown of Indigenous Culture and the Rise of Diabetes
Broken ties, broken bodies: Examples of cultural collapse and subsequent diabetes among indigenous peoples in Canada, Australia, and the United States are relevant to all of us living in Western cultures.

The Breakdown of Mainstream Culture and the Rise of Diabetes
Those of us in the modern world who have diabetes are equally subject to the breakdown of culture as the indigenous peoples of the world whose cultural ties broke when they came into contact with the modern world.

Belonging to Our Culture: Diabetes Support Groups
Like people everywhere, most of us who have diabetes are losing connection to our culture and with it our sense of community. But we can connect and can do that best when we connect to people who manage their diabetes well.

The New Diabetes Breakfast
We now have excellent choices for a very low-carb, high-protein, and vegetarian breakfast.

An Opportunity for You at Your Care Moment:

YourCareMoments is a market research company that focuses on patient healthcare experiences and rewards those of us who participate. I have discussed this opportunity with Keith Olsen of the company, and from my experience know that it will be of value to us.

Through paid online surveys, YourCareMoments wants to know about the medications you are taking, the prices you are paying, your doctor’s visits and most importantly, how you feel about these experiences.  I have taken four short survey already and I don’t even currently take diabetes medications.  If I did, I would have many more opportunities to take surveys, according to Keith.  This is your chance to have your voice heard and make a few bucks at the same time!  You can also make money every time you go to the doctor or pharmacy because they send out surveys almost EVERY time you go.

Each survey is a few minutes long and you get paid quickly PER survey. You will be emailed every few weeks with the opportunity to take a survey. Once a survey is completed, your earnings will be sent right to your Paypal account within 3 business days. At no time will you ever be asked to give up your identity, as these surveys are anonymous.

In order to qualify for our surveys, you must be 18 years or older and living in the U.S. Anyone can register, but there are lots of opportunities for those with diabetes.

The survey focuses will change over time, but right now the main focus from YourCareMoments is for those who take or once took the following diabetes medications:  Victoza, Farxiga, Byetta, Invokana/Invokamet, Trulicity, Levemir, and/or Bydureon.

If you take or have taken any of these drugs, I especially encourage you to register as your experiences are extremely important to diabetes research.

Please visit them at in order to register. You can also email Keith at [email protected] with any questions or concerns about registering. In my experience, Keith has been most responsive.

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

The webcast is available for ten days at, and then it is moved over to, where a membership fee provides access all of his videos, webcasts, and transcripts.

Dr. Bernstein's next live webcast will be on Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 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.


Health Central
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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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