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Diabetes Update #221: Stop Big Sugar!

December 1, 2016

By David Mendosa

A Jaguar Drinks from the Three Brothers River in the Pantanal

My New Diabetes Articles for HealthCentral:

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

Stop Big Sugar from Corrupting Your Diabetes Management
People with diabetes can’t rely on our organizations or “experts” for honesty. We’ve got to rely on our experience.

Marijuana Component May Help Manage Diabetes
One component of marijuana might help people with diabetes to manage blood glucose.

The Best Time for a Short Walk
A new diabetes study shows that the best way to reduce your glucose level is to walk right after you eat -- particularly when you eat carbs.

Manage Your Diabetes With A Low-Carb Vegetarian Diet
Being both a low-carb and a vegetarian isn’t easy. But it’s great for managing your diabetes.

Don’t Skip Your Flu Shot This Year
If you skip your flu shot this year, your decision could kill you if you have diabetes.

Give the Gift of the Season
Christmas is a season of joy and stress. This book can show anyone who has a chronic condition how to balance these aspects of the holiday.

Show Respect for Diabetes this Holiday Eating Season
Be thankful that the chronic disease you have to live with is Type 2 diabetes. It’s a warning that you need to act now.

Fast for Diabetes and Weight
Fasting has a few challenges. But it has many more advantages for people with diabetes who want normal A1C levels and weight.


My Slideshows​

I write slideshows about diabetes for This is my new one:

Complementary Care Can Help You Manage Diabetes
Does it make sense for people with diabetes to use any complementary practices?

Are You Still Shopping for Gifts?​

If you are still trying to find the right gift for someone who checks his or her blood glucose — including yourself — you need to consider getting that special someone a Genteel lancing device. When you use it to check your level, this is the only way that I know that is pain-free. I’m a big (unpaid) supporter and have written about the Genteel several times including “Gentle Testing for Diabetes” in July 2014 just as the device first became available. The company that makes it just told me that they have extended their Black Friday sale for my readers until the end of the year. If you use the promo MENDOSA20 you will get a $20 discount. The link is MyGenteel.

Please note that this item on my newsletter is NOT an ad. I don’t earn anything from it except the pleasure in helping you to have better diabetes management.

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, December 28, 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.

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

The HealthCentral Network now has free weekly newsletters that will now notify you by email of new articles that I write for that site. Just click on "Get Our Newsletters" and then check the “Diabetes” box at the top right corner of any of my articles at

You can also read earlier versions of many of these articles at Health Central. You can can receive them via RSS, and “Feedly” is a good way to get and read them.

This Newsletter:
  1. Is and will remain free.
  2. Will never include advertising (except targeted Google ads at the bottom of the web page and not in the email newsletter).
  3. Nor will I ever sell, rent, or trade your email address to anyone.
  4. I will link sources of information.
  5. I will disclose any conflict of interest.
  6. If and when I learn of any errors of fact, I will correct them.

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