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Diabetes Update #202: Useless Testing

May 1, 2015

By David Mendosa


My New Diabetes Articles for HealthCentral:

Last month I published five more of my diabetes articles about how to manage our condition:

Too Little Sleep Means Insulin Works Poorly
Researchers have just discovered the serious way that lack of sleep affects diabetes. It reduces the ability of insulin to regulate our blood sugar.

How Much Sleep Is Right for You?
People with prediabetes -- and those with diabetes -- need to be especially careful to get enough sleep. Getting at least 7 hours per night is the key.

The Best Trick to Get Enough Sleep for Diabetes Health
The experts are wrong that we need 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night. We can trick our bodies into thinking that we have enough.

How Awe and Other Positive Emotions Help Us Manage Diabetes Inflammation
A new scientific study shows the linkages between emotions and proteins that regulate inflammation, and earlier studies had linked those proteins with diabetes.

Diabetes Testing Is Useless
Testing our blood sugar is useless, unless we use insulin. What we do next is what counts.

My Slideshows:

I have begun to regularly write slideshows about diabetes for These are the ones that I have written so far:

Managing Hypos on April 22, 2015
What hypos are, what causes them, how to avoid them, and how best to treat them when they come.

Why Blood Sugar is Higher in the AM on April 15, 2015
It seems terribly illogical. After waking up but before eating or exercising, our blood sugar is higher than before we went to bed. When those of us who have diabetes start to check our blood sugar, we get this big surprise, and naturally concerns us. What can we do about it?

Better Sleep for People with Diabetes on March 24, 2015
The right amount of sleep at the right time will help you in many ways, particularly if you have diabetes.

Diabetes Testing is Useless -- Unless… on March 20, 2015
Unless we are using insulin injections to manage our diabetes, testing our blood sugar with finger-stick tests is a waste of our time and our money. Testing doesn’t do anything to help us manage diabetes. It’s only when we use what we learn from checking our blood sugar level and take action on it that it’s worthwhile. We have to know why we do the test, how to do it, and when.

The Top Ten Questions about Diabetes on January 10, 2014
These are 10 questions about diabetes most frequently asked by people who visit and the answers that I provided.

Fitness and Photography for Fun:

Last month I published two more of my photo essays on staying fit by getting the activity we need. Photography gets me out in nature to hike, and hiking keeps me fit:

A Brood of Three Owlets
For weeks I watched a nearby nest where a pair of Great Horned Owls made a nest to raise three owlets. One of them fledged.

Birding Chatfield
An early morning trip to Chatfield State Park and a hike along the South Platte River yielded photographs of Western Meadowlarks, Great Horned Owls, and more.

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, June 24, 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.


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