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Diabetes Update #219: Diabetes and Sex

October 1, 2016

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:

Eat the Carbs Last
This little change in the order that we eat food high in carbohydrates can be a valuable tip for people with diabetes.

High-deductible Health Insurance Can Be Expensive
High-deductible health insurance is not a good deal for a large proportion of people who have diabetes.

This Device Can Warn You If You Will Get a Foot Ulcer
A easy-to-use new system can be a potential “game changer” for people with diabetes who have had foot ulcers.

This New Meter Is Accurate and Can Be Yours Free
Knowing your blood glucose level is the key to managing your diabetes. The new Jazz Wireless 2 meter makes that easier.

Don't Let Diabetes Destroy Your Sex Life
Talking with your partner or date may be a good first step toward improving your sex life when diabetes causes problems.


My Slideshows​

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

Choosing the Best Doctors for Your Diabetes Management
Empathy is key. To be successful with diabetes, you need to have doctors you trust.

The 10 Key Diabetes Tests
When you take these preventative measures, you will increase your odds of staying healthy.

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, October 26, 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.

A Choice of Sugar-free Chocolates​​

We now have a choice of sugar-free chocolates. While we sometimes think of chocolate bars as being guilty pleasures, when they are sugar-free they are actually healthy pleasures.

The new one is ChocZero. It is fiber-fortified, using no artificial sweeteners or sugar alcohols to produce the sweet taste. ChocZero is naturally sweetened with monk fruit extract and soluble vegetable fiber in order to maintain a clean taste.

With kosher and vegan options, ChocZero comes as milk, 50 percent dark, or 70 percent dark. The company sent me samples of the 50 percent and 70 percent flavors, each of which I thoroughly enjoyed consuming. It is available for purchase at

Six years ago I also enjoyed samples of another sugar-free chocolate and reported on it at Sugar-free Chocolate. ChocoPerfection also tastes great.

The main sweetener is chicory root fiber. The other sweetener in ChocoPerfection is erythritol, which is a sugar alcohol. It is available from ChocoPerfection.

Is Your Diabetes in Remission?​​

A PhD student from the University of California, Berkeley , is looking for people with diabetes that have been able to bring their blood glucose in to normal ranges. For this study, he is looking for people with type 2 diabetes who have been able to keep their A1c below 6.0 for at least one year without taking any diabetes drugs (including insulin) or bariatric surgery.   Some researchers define this as a level of diabetes remission.  

The project aims to identify the physical activity, dietary , and psychological strategies that people use to achieve such great success.  The student, Victor Villalobos, believes that developing a lifestyle treatment for diabetes remission starts by studying the people who were able to achieve it, rather than by making sophisticated theories from a desk.  He himself has type 2 diabetes and has also achieved initial success towards diabetes remission, being under 6.0 for several months already.

If you have been able to keep your A1c under 6.0 for at least a year, please contact him. His email is Victor Villalobos.

New Flickr Site

I keep adding 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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