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Diabetes Update 99: GlucoTel

October 1, 2006

By David Mendosa

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My most recent articles are:

  • Transmitting Tests without Wires. The GlucoTel is the first meter to wirelessly send blood glucose results. Developed by a company in Germany, it will work with your cell phone — assuming that it’s Bluetooth enabled, as almost all modern cell phones are. My article originally appeared in the October 2006 issue of Diabetes Health and is now also online here.

  • My New Diabetes Blog Articles published eight more of my blog articles in October:

    • New Nutrition Recommendations. The new nutrition recommendations of the American Diabetes Association are surprisingly good. They even recognize the value of the glycemic index.

    • Benfotiamine versus AGEs. Earlier research reported that benfotiamine might improve nerve functioning in neuropathy as well as prevent retinopathy and nephropathy. The latest research shows that it also helps to prevent heart disease. What are you waiting for?

    • Looking Back and Forth at Our Story. When we focus only on our longing for a diabetes cure, we get understandably impatient and discouraged. We need to balance that hope with a look back at how far we have already come. Two wonderful websites span the entire diabetes story.

    • Testing Cholesterol and Glucose. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a meter that tests both blood glucose and cholesterol? We can do that with a hand-held meter called the CardioChek. Using different strips, it can test total cholesterol, calculated LDL (bad) cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol, triglycerides, blood glucose, and ketones. I have been testing the cholesterol test of this meter.

    • Diabetes Podcasts. There are already at least 28 podcasts on diabetes. I think that the most valuable ones are Dr. Alan Rubin’s Healthcast and Diabetes Podcasts from dLifeTV and

    • The A1C Meter. Regular testing of our A1C is a key to controlling diabetes. Metrika once made a meter that we could conveniently use at home for this test. They have improved the meter, and I have checked it out. It will soon be generally available.

    • Sleep Away Blood Glucose. A new study shows for the first time that too little or poor sleep does go along with higher A1C levels. The people studied who didn’t have complications a reported sleep debt of three hours per night and A1C levels 1.1 percent above the average. For those with complications the level was 1.9 percent above average. Typically, the drugs we take for diabetes don’t work any better than getting enough sleep does.

    • David’s Diabetes Diet. My pantry is pretty bare compared with what most people have. I like to keep it as simple as possible. What I eat must taste great and provide great nutrition. That’s the key. David’s Diabetes Diet talks only about foods and does not include a single recipe. The food choices are the basis of a diet, and the recipes will follow.

New Books:

Veggie GI

Veggie GI

    The New Glucose Revolution Low GI Vegetarian Cookbook. If you are a vegetarian and have diabetes, you have a big problem. Vegetarians really do have to eat vegetables.

    Most of us would agree that vegetables are healthier than meat. But meal won’t raise your blood glucose level. Vegetables will.

    The trick is to learn what vegetables won’t raise your blood glucose levels too much. That’s where the glycemic index comes in.

    Nobody has done more to educate the world about the value and the use of the glycemic index than Professor Jennie Brand-Miller of the University of Sydney in Australia. I can’t even keep track any more of all the books that Jennie has written in the past decade about the GI. She even wrote one with me, The New Glucose Revolution: What Makes My Blood Glucose Go Up…And Down?

    Her most recent book in “The New Glucose Revolution” series is her Low GI Vegetarian Cookbook. This new book, just published on September 28, is the most important resource ever for vegetarians with diabetes.

    There isn’t even much on the Web that I have felt good about recommending now that Virginia Messina’s article “Diabetes and a Vegetarian Diet” is no longer online. Instead, it is now a part of her book, The Vegetarian Way. That book, and another book, Defeating Diabetes, which I reviewed in an earlier issue of this newsletter, have been the best resources that vegetarians who have diabetes have to work with.

    Jennie’s new book on the GI for vegetarians has 80 vegetarian and vegan recipes. But what I found to be much more interesting and valuable were the sections at the front and back of the book that bracket the recipes.

    Here vegetarians with diabetes will find what they need to know about all sorts of vegetables, everything from legumes — beans and lentils — to nuts and seeds. Aside from vegetables, all vegetarians also have a wide variety of fruit to choose from. And unless the vegetarian is a vegan, he or she can benefit from eggs and dairy products.

    Marlowe & Company in New York just published The New Glucose Revolution Low GI Vegetarian Cookbook. This 186-page trade paperback lists for $19.95. The ISBN-13 is 978-1-56924-278-0; the ISBN-10 is 56924-278-X.


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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
  76. Diabetes Update Number 76: Sleep Apnea of November 1, 2004
  77. Diabetes Update Number 77: Keynote Address of December 1, 2004
  78. Diabetes Update Number 78: Mangosteen of January 1, 2005
  79. Diabetes Update Number 79: Noninvasive Dream of February 1, 2005
  80. Diabetes Update Number 80: Pelikan Sun of March 1, 2005
  81. Diabetes Update Number 81: Medtronic Monitors of April 1, 2005
  82. Diabetes Update Number 82: ExtendBars of May 1, 2005
  83. Diabetes Update Number 83: GlycoMark of June 1, 2005
  84. Diabetes Update Number 84: My British Book of July 1, 2005
  85. Diabetes Update Number 85: Disintegrating of August 1, 2005
  86. Diabetes Update Number 86: Meter Research of September 1, 2005
  87. Diabetes Update Number 87: Evaluating Meters of October 1, 2005
  88. Diabetes Update Number 88: When to Test of November 1, 2005
  89. Diabetes Update Number 89: Blogging of December 1, 2005
  90. Diabetes Update Number 90: RSS Feed of January 1, 2006
  91. Diabetes Update Number 91: An Uncommon Doctor of February 1, 2006
  92. Diabetes Update Number 92: More Blog Entries of March 1, 2006
  93. Diabetes Update Number 93: Talking Meters of April 1, 2006
  94. Diabetes Update Number 94: Navigating of May 1, 2006
  95. Diabetes Update Number 95: Measuring Sweat of June 1, 2006
  96. Diabetes Update Number 96: The Future of Pumps of July 1, 2006
  97. Diabetes Update Number 97: Pumping in Real Time of August 1, 2006
  98. Diabetes Update Number 98: The DexCom Sensor of September 1, 2006

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