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Diabetes Update: Pedometer Power

Number 23; October 16, 2001

By David Mendosa

This newsletter keeps you up-to-date with new articles, columns, and Web pages that I have written. I list and link most of these on my Diabetes Directory at

From time to time Diabetes Update may also include links to other Web pages of special interest.

My most recent contributions are:

    on October 15, 2001
  • Insulin Resistance
    "The Mysterious Syndrome X" tells about the origins and components of our understanding of the most common cause of chronic disease. The article is the second in a series at the Diabetes Education Network of HealthTalk Interactive at

    on October 16, 2001

  • Pedometer Power
    The fad first swept Japan. Now it looks like it is beginning to overrun America. I'm doing my bit to see that it does.

    The Japanese call it "manpo-kei"which means "10,000-step meters." The idea is to walk 10,000 steps every day and to keep track of your progress with one of the new electronic pedometers. It's something we all can do for our health and something especially important for those of us with diabetes. My new "About the Internet" column for the American Diabetes Association's Web site is about Pedometer Power. The URL is

    on October 10, 2001

  • Searching the Internet
    My chapter, "Searching the Internet" in Gretchen Becker's book, The First Year—Type 2 Diabetes (New York: Marlowe & Company, 312 pages, $14.95) is now in print. Since I sold all rights for the chapter to Gretchen and her publisher, Matthew Lore, I'm not allowed to reproduce it here or on my Web site. All the more reason for you to get a copy of this extraordinary book.

    "Wouldn't I have loved to find this book when my doctor told me that I have diabetes!" I wrote the publisher. He including my praise inside the book's front cover. I continued: "Reading this book during my first year dealing with diabetes would have spared me a lot of anxiety and misunderstanding. Becker tells it like it is. She is completely up-to-date on the science and practice of diabetes and shares her real world experience as an expert who happens to have type 2 diabetes herself. The greatest strength of this book is the wise way in which she deals with the most controversial area of diabetes treatment—what to eat. There is nothing anywhere that comes close to her comprehensive coverage or makes better sense than what you will find here."

    Gretchen and I have corresponded regularly for the past five years. We collaborated on reviewing several blood glucose control programs. I have interviewed her for an article about how well she controls her type 2 diabetes (forthcoming). I consider her to be a friend. Altogether, I am proud and delighted to have contributed to her book. The URL is


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