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Diabetes Update #203: Drink Chocolate

June 1, 2015

By David Mendosa

Announcing The Mendosa Store:

My new online store is now your source for professional diabetes care products. Some of these products are already available and more are coming. If you have a product that you would like me to carry, I would like to hear from you. Please email me at [email protected]

I am proud to offer a variety of products to manage diabetes, including lab tests, books by Dr. Richard K. Bernstein, wound care supplies, and more.

The featured test this month is the Cardio Screen At-Home Blood Spot Collection Kit. This at-home blood collection kit tests for the big three markers of Hs-CRP for heart, A1C for blood glucose, and a complete lipid panel. It includes a prepaid return mailing envelope to send the sample for testing at a CAP accredited and CLIA certified laboratory. Test results are available via email within 1-3 business days.


My New Diabetes Articles for HealthCentral:

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

Cocoa Can Help Prevent Type 3 Diabetes
Flavanols are the healthy part of cocoa. They help us to keep our memory and to have better insulin sensitivity.

Drink Chocolate to Manage Diabetes
While the flavanols in cocoa are what we need, most chocolate has little. But two two brands of cocoa do have a lot.

Eggs Are Good Before and After Getting Diabetes
Eggs have a bad rap. But new studies show they help people before and after diabetes.

Pedometer Motivation for Diabetes Management
Wearing a pedometer motivates us need to manage diabetes better. The best example of this is my friend John.

Vitamin D Relieves the Pain of Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy
While it’s hard to reverse diabetic peripheral neuropathy, getting enough vitamin D can relieve at least some of its pain.

Another Way to Reach Diabetes Remission
When we lose lots of weight, we get rid of the fat that surrounds our liver, restoring liver insulin sensitivity and beta-cell insulin secretion.

Using the Good Stress of Fasting for Diabetes Control
Too much stress is bad. But moderate stress is good. Especially when we fast.

My Slideshows:

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

Newly Diagnosed with Diabetes
Did you recently find out that you have diabetes? Or did you just decide that you want to manage it? Either way you have come to the right place. Welcome to the club that you didn’t ask to join. This is the place to begin.

12 Ways to Lose Weight and Manage Your Diabetes
We now have some great tools for people with diabetes to lose weight. Because almost all of us are overweight, we certainly need all the help we can get.

The Pursuit of Noninvasive Glucose:

Dr. John L. Smith, the world’s leading expert on noninvasive glucose testing, wrote the first edition of a book on this subject in 2006, and I hosted it here. Nine years later, while we have yet to witness success, many more attempts have been made, and a fourth revised and expanded edition of the book, “The Pursuit of Noninvasive Glucose: Hunting the Deceitful Turkey,” is now complete and has once again been made available for everyone to read. It is dedicated to the hope that someday this long-sought goal will finally be achieved. You can read the entire book at “The Pursuit of Noninvasive Glucose” 4th Edition.pdf

University of South Florida (USF) - FREE Stress and Mood Management Program for people with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes:

While most people experience some level of stress in their daily lives, people who are living with diabetes are more likely to have stress than people without diabetes. In addition, people with diabetes who are stressed often have higher glucose levels and trouble sticking to their diabetes management plans. Numerous research studies have demonstrated that taking steps to manage your stress can lead to you feeling better mentally and physically. Relieving stress and improving mood has been shown to help people take control of their diabetes and reduce their A1c.

As part of the Diabetes Stress Relief research study, researchers the University of South Florida (USF) are offering adults with type 1 and type 2 diabetes a FREE online program that will teach ways to manage stress and improve mood. The program is conducted entirely online through an interactive website that uses graphics, animations, audio, and video to explain techniques that will help you set goals, solve problems, manage time, change the way you think, and relax. The Stress and Mood Management Program teaches you a variety of skills so that you can decide which work best for you.

Because it is an internet-based program, it is convenient and flexible so it easily fits into your hectic life and busy schedule. You can sign on and participate whenever is best for you, from wherever you are. There are 8 weekly sections that each take less than 30 minutes to complete. It provides you with real information that you can use in your life to relieve stress and manage your mood. This is the same beneficial information that is offered through expensive workshops and seminars and has and it is being provided for FREE to participants of the Diabetes Stress Relief Study.

If you are interested in learning more about the study or would like to sign up, you can visit the study’s website at or you can email ([email protected]) or call (215.264.7571) the researchers directly. The research study is voluntary and has been approved by the Institutional Review Board at USF (Pro00002563), some eligibility criteria apply.

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.

Fitness and Photography for Fun:

Last month I published three 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:

Birding Cherry Creek
Even though Cherry Creek State Park is surrounded by the biggest metropolitan area in Colorado, it teems with birds. An early morning visit found them.

Greenlee Wildlife Preserve
When we want to birds in all their beauty, we have to adapt to their schedules. That’s why I say that birds trump beds.

Walden Ponds
American White Pelicans are the most social birds. A lot of them were fishing together when I hiked around Walden Ponds.

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

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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