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Diabetes Update #208: Dementia and Diabetes

November 1, 2015

By David Mendosa

My New Diabetes Articles for HealthCentral:

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

Deprescribing Diabetes Drugs
Deprescribing drugs is such a new concept that the first article about it appeared only a dozen years ago. Yet our doctors pile on more and more prescriptions without helping us manage much more safely without them.

Use This Device if Needles Frighten You
Many people with diabetes who have needle phobia suffer needlessly. The “Buzzy” blocks pain.

If Pesticides Cause Diabetes, Will Organics Help Us?
A new meta-analysis found that exposure to pesticides is associated with a 61 percent greater chance of getting diabetes.

The Food Insulin Index Trumps Carb Counting
The database of 147 foods now tested for their food insulin index is the best guide we have to manage our blood glucose.

NPH Insulin Works Well -- If You Mix It Enough
If you use NPH and don’t shake your pen long enough, you are asking for trouble.

When You Control Your Diabetes, You Aren’t at Risk for Dementia
Uncontrolled diabetes can cause dementia. Diabetes doesn’t.

My Slideshows:

I write slideshows about diabetes for These are my new ones:

12 Diabetes Terms You Should Know
Do you know what A1C is or the difference between types of diabetes? Here are the most important terms of our vocabulary.

10 Keys to Controlling Your Blood Glucose
This slideshow summarizes, updates, and simplifies my first book. Largely based on the glycemic index, this is essential information for anyone who has diabetes.

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 to register at no cost here: and you can ask a question or not as you choose.

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, November 25, 2015, at 7 p.m. CST, 8 p.m. EST, 6 p.m. MST, and 5 p.m. 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:

White Rocks
This is one of the 93 Colorado Natural Areas and the only one in Boulder County that I hadn’t visited before. It seems like an oasis of nature so close to a city of 100,000 people.

Pumpkin Season in the Rockies
Pumpkins are a highlight of October here in Boulder, Colorado. I finally captured their beauty with snow-covered Longs Peak in the background.

Belmar Park
The lake at Belmar Park has an uncanny attraction for migrating waterbirds. Naturally, it exerts an equivalent attraction for a nature photographer like me.

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.


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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