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Diabetes Update #210: Stop Taking Calcium

January 1, 2016

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:

Stop Taking Calcium Pills
Stop taking calcium even if you have diabetes: It doesn’t work and it has side effects, including heart attacks.

You Probably Don’t Drink Enough
When we age, we don’t feel as thirsty. This can be particularly dangerous for people with diabetes, which is connected with dehydration.

The Best Sources of Potassium
A new study shows that a diet higher in potassium helps those of us with diabetes to avoid kidney and heart problems.

The Internet Search Shortcut for Diabetes Data
Knowing how and where to find what you need to know about diabetes on the huge Internet isn’t easy. But here’s your guide.

Give Thanks This Year for Your Diabetes
We are lucky to have diabetes here and now. When we manage it, our general health is better than ever.

Do You Get All the Fiber You Need?
On a low-carb diet for diabetes we get little fiber. But we may not need it.


My Slideshows​

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

The Benefits of Switching to a Non-Insulin Injectable
Diabetes drugs like Bydureon, Byetta, Victoza, and Trulicity have many advantages over all other diabetes drugs.

Must Know Facts About Non-Insulin Injectables
The GLP-1 agonists are a new and important class of drugs for people with type 2 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, January 27, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. CST, 8:00 p.m. EST, 6:00 p.m. MST, and 5:00 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 one 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:

Prospect Lake
Goldeneyes and Hooded Mergansers greeted my arrival at Prospect Lake one cold morning last month. And a Double-crested Cormorant waved me goodbye.

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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