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Diabetes Update: Sleep Apnea

November 1, 2004

By David Mendosa

It's Fall

It’s Fall!

This newsletter keeps you up-to-date with new articles, Web pages, and books that I have written about diabetes.

  • I list and link most of these on my at Diabetes Directory and in the site’s menu.

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

My recent contribution is:

  • Sleep Apnea
    I like to look on the bright side of things, so I don’t like writing about the complications of diabetes. I really don’t like writing about complications that I have learned about the hard way — through personal experience.

    But that is exactly what I have for you this month. I was proud that I could fall asleep so fast. Little did I know that this was one of the symptoms of sleep apnea.

    This term means “without breath.” My sleep study showed that I stopped breathing for 10 seconds or more some 82 times per hour. No wonder I needed a lot of sleep!

    It turns out that people with diabetes have a lot more sleep apnea than other people.

    A device called a CPAP machine completely solved my breathing problem. You can read my article on my site at Sleep Apnea.

Research Notes:

  • The World's Healthiest Foods
    If George Mateljan’s name isn’t familiar to you yet, it will be. George was the founder of Health Valley Foods in 1970. It was the first company to produce healthy, convenient prepared foods in the United States. He sold Health Valley Foods in 1996 to concentrate on the not-for-profit George Mateljan Foundation for the World’s Healthiest Foods.

    The whole site is George’s gift to our good health. Perhaps the best place to start is The World's Healthiest Foods List. Excuse me while I have half a cantaloupe.

Book Review:

Diabetes for Dummies, 2nd Edition

Not So Dumb

  • Second Edition of Diabetes for Dummies
    When the first edition of Diabetes for Dummies came out in September 1999, I reviewed it and included it my list of the 17 best books about diabetes. The second edition, just published by Wiley, is even better.

    The author is Dr. Alan L. Rubin, an endocrinologist practicing in San Francisco. In the five years since he published the first edition of this book there have been huge advances in every phase of diabetes from diagnosis to diet. The second edition has all this and more. Some of the highlights to be found in this great book include:

    • The newest blood glucose meters: the Accu-Chek Compact, the Ascensia Elite Diabetes Care System, the ExacTech RSG, GlucoWatch G2 Biographer, Hypoguard Advance, MiniMed Continuous Glucose Monitoring System, One Touch Ultra, Prestige LX, and others. Inexplicably, however, the book fails to mention my current favorite meters, TheraSense’s FreeStyle and FreeStyle Flash.

    • The latest medications and combinations of medications including Glucovance, Glucophage XR, Glyset, Starlix, Avandamet as well as the latest information on Actos and Avandia. New insulins like NovoLog, Humalog, and Lantus. Using the old medications like Glucotrol, Micronase, and Glucophage to better control diabetes.

    • Latest information on using Viagra and two newer drugs — Levitra and Cialis — to treat erectile dysfunction in men who have diabetes.

    • The epidemic of type 2 diabetes in obese children and how to prevent it.

    • Revisions in the diet for diabetes, the glycemic index, recommended calories and forbidden calories along with discussions of Atkins, South Beach, and other diets.

    • The new 10,000 step exercise plan for diabetes with comments on other kinds of exercise and how exercise can prevent diabetes.

    • New ideas about the psychology of diabetes including humorous stories from the thousands of people who have written to the author.

    • New information on diabetes in Asians, African-Americans, and Hispanics, and the epidemic of obesity sweeping the world.

    • New information on low blood glucose, plus how to avoid it and treat it when it occurs.

    • New data on prevention of long-term complications like blindness and kidney failure.

    • New advice for women who have diabetes and are pregnant or are postmenopausal, and those who wants to prevent pregnancy.

    • New recommendations for the elderly population with diabetes.

    • The revolution in providing insurance for and hiring people with diabetes.

    • Cutting-edge information on future products and treatments that look promising.

    • Hisses for products and treatments that rip off people with diabetes.

    • Revisions of the websites (including mine) that provide the latest information on every aspect of diabetes.

    The person who owns the first edition will want to be up-to-date and the person who has not bought the book yet will quickly decide there is a vast amount of information available in a readable, funny, and very positive form in the new second edition of Diabetes For Dummies. This 386-page softback book is available from fine bookstores everywhere for $21.99. Highly recommended.

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I now send out Diabetes Update once a month. Previous issues are online:

  1. Diabetes Update Number 1: Diabetes Genes of December 10, 2000
  2. Diabetes Update Number 2: DiabetesWATCH of December 18, 2000
  3. Diabetes Update Number 3: Starlix of January 3, 2001
  4. Diabetes Update Number 4: Native Seeds/SEARCH, Tepary Beans of January 17, 2001
  5. Diabetes Update Number 5: Insulin Makes You Fat of January 31, 2001
  6. Diabetes Update Number 6: Available and Unavailable Carbohydrates of February 15, 2001
  7. Diabetes Update Number 7: Dates of March 1, 2001
  8. Diabetes Update Number 8: Quackwatch of March 15, 2001
  9. Diabetes Update Number 9: The Cost of Insulin of March 30, 2001
  10. Diabetes Update Number 10: Sof-Tact Meter of April 2, 2001
  11. Diabetes Update Number 11: iControlDiabetes of April 16, 2001
  12. Diabetes Update Number 12: Cinnamon, Tagatose of May 2, 2001
  13. Diabetes Update Number 13: Glycemic Index of May 15, 2001
  14. Diabetes Update Number 14: Eat Your Carrots! of May 31, 2001
  15. Diabetes Update Number 15: Glycemic Load of June 21, 2001
  16. Diabetes Update Number 16: Homocysteine of July 2, 2001
  17. Diabetes Update Number 17: Chana Dal Tips of July 15, 2001
  18. Diabetes Update Number 18: Lag Time in AlternativeLand of August 2, 2001
  19. Diabetes Update Number 19: Fiber of August 15, 2001
  20. Diabetes Update Number 20: How Diabetes Works of August 30, 2001
  21. Diabetes Update Number 21: Insulin Resistance of September 14, 2001
  22. Diabetes Update Number 22: Trans Fats, Honey, CU of October 1, 2001
  23. Diabetes Update Number 23: Pedometer Power of October 15, 2001
  24. Diabetes Update Number 24: Is Glycerin a Carbohydrate? of October 31, 2001
  25. Diabetes Update Number 25: Kill the Meter to Save It of November 15, 2001
  26. Diabetes Update Number 26: Protein, Fat, and the GI of December 1, 2001
  27. Diabetes Update Number 27: Insulin Index of December 14, 2001
  28. Diabetes Update Number 28: Fructose of January 4, 2002
  29. Diabetes Update Number 29: Aspirin of January 14, 2002
  30. Diabetes Update Number 30: Stevia of January 31, 2002
  31. Diabetes Update Number 31: Gretchen Becker’s Book of February 19, 2002
  32. Diabetes Update Number 32: The UKPDS of March 4, 2002
  33. Diabetes Update Number 33: Financial Aid of March 18, 2002
  34. Diabetes Update Number 34: Pre-Diabetes of April 1, 2002
  35. Diabetes Update Number 35: More Glycemic Indexes of April 15, 2002
  36. Diabetes Update Number 36: Gila Monsters of April 30, 2002
  37. Diabetes Update Number 37: Is INGAP a Cure? of May 15, 2002
  38. Diabetes Update Number 38: Native American Diabetes of June 3, 2002
  39. Diabetes Update Number 39: FDA Diabetes of June 19, 2002
  40. Diabetes Update Number 40: Diabetes Support Groups of July 1, 2002
  41. Diabetes Update Number 41: New GI and GL Table of July 15, 2002
  42. Diabetes Update Number 42: Diabetes Sight of August 1, 2002
  43. Diabetes Update Number 43: DrugDigest of August 18, 2002
  44. Diabetes Update Number 44: Hanuman Garden of September 3, 2002
  45. Diabetes Update Number 45: Guidelines of September 16, 2002
  46. Diabetes Update Number 46: Trans Fat of October 4, 2002
  47. Diabetes Update Number 47: Nutrition.Gov of October 16, 2002
  48. Diabetes Update Number 48: Our Hearts of October 31, 2002
  49. Diabetes Update Number 49: Our Kidneys of November 15, 2002
  50. Diabetes Update Number 50: A1C<7 of December 2, 2002
  51. Diabetes Update Number 51: Diabetes Searches with Google of December 16, 2002
  52. Diabetes Update Number 52: e-Patients of January 2, 2003
  53. Diabetes Update Number 53: Email News of January 16, 2003
  54. Diabetes Update Number 54: Third Generation Meters of January 31, 2003
  55. Diabetes Update Number 55: Hypoglycemic Supplies of February 14, 2003
  56. Diabetes Update Number 56: Food Police of March 1, 2003
  57. Diabetes Update Number 57: Vitamins of April 1, 2003
  58. Diabetes Update Number 58: Lancets of May 1, 2003
  59. Diabetes Update Number 59: Accurate Meters of June 1, 2003
  60. Diabetes Update Number 60: Chromium of July 1, 2003
  61. Diabetes Update Number 61: Traveling of August 1, 2003
  62. Diabetes Update Number 62: My Book of September 1, 2003
  63. Diabetes Update Number 63: Hot Tubs of October 1, 2003
  64. Diabetes Update Number 64: Home A1C Testing of November 1, 2003
  65. Diabetes Update Number 65: Detemir of December 1, 2003
  66. Diabetes Update Number 66: Erectile Dysfunction of January 1, 2004
  67. Diabetes Update Number 67: Acidic Foods of February 1, 2004
  68. Diabetes Update Number 68: Net Carbs of March 1, 2004
  69. Diabetes Update Number 69: Glycemic Index of April 1, 2004
  70. Diabetes Update Number 70: Dreamfields Pasta of May 1, 2004
  71. Diabetes Update Number 71: Cholesterol of June 1, 2004
  72. Diabetes Update Number 72: Meter News of July 1, 2004
  73. Diabetes Update Number 73: Pill Splitting of August 1, 2004
  74. Diabetes Update Number 74: GlucoMON of September 1, 2004
  75. Diabetes Update Number 75: Coding of October 1, 2004

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