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Diabetes Developments - A blog on latest developments in diabetes by David Mendosa

3 Reasons Why Some People with Diabetes Need to Run or Jog a BIT

October 3rd, 2014 · No Comments

A new study of more than 55,000 runners is huge good news for most people with diabetes who are too busy to dedicate a lot of time to physical activity. The experts have been telling us for years that working out is good for our health and happiness, but until now nobody knew how little physical activity we really need.

Intensity is the key that researchers from Iowa State University, the University of South Carolina, the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, and other institutions discovered. They published their new study last week in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

The abstract of the study, “Leisure-Time Running Reduces All-Cause and Cardiovascular Mortality Risk,” is online. D.C. Lee, assistant professor of kinesiology at Iowa State University, is the study’s lead author, and his university gave me a copy of the full text at my request.

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Is Dreamfields Pasta Good for People with Diabetes?

October 2nd, 2014 · No Comments

Years ago when I followed a low-glycemic diet I discovered what I thought was something new and wonderful. It was Dreamfields Pasta, advertised as having just “5 net carbs” per serving and being “65% lower glycemic index” than other pastas.

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What the Dreamfields Label Used to Claim

In an article I wrote 10 years ago and published on my website as “A Totally New Low-Carb Process” I reported that my personal tests showed that eating Dreamfields Pasta had little, if any, effect on my blood sugar level. So I wrote several articles extolling it between 2004 and 2007.

Now I know that most other people don’t get the same benefit as I did.

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The Trouble with Protein for People with Diabetes

October 1st, 2014 · No Comments

For some of us who have diabetes, the trouble with protein is real. If we have existing kidney disease, we can’t handle a lot of protein. If we follow a vegan diet, the problem is to get enough protein.

But for most of us, the trouble with protein is to know how much we need and whether we are getting too much. Many of us think that when we go on a very low-carb diet, we have to boost the amount of protein we eat.

It’s not enough to know just about calories and about two of the macronutrients, carbohydrates and fats. The third macronutrient, protein, often gets too little attention in our personal knowledge base.

Protein is an important component of every cell in our bodies. Our bodies use it to build and repair tissues and to make enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals. Protein is an important building block of our bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood. Unlike fat and carbohydrates, our bodies don’t store protein, so we regularly need to refill our personal tanks.

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Two Great Yogurts for People with Diabetes

September 30th, 2014 · No Comments

If anything we eat deserves the label “health food,” it has to be yogurt. Of all the probiotic foods, yogurt has to be the most popular. The good bacteria in yogurt help protect our bodies from toxins, infections, allergies, and some types of cancer.

In the early 1900s the Russian scientist Ilya Mechnikov discovered that more people lived to the age of 100 in Bulgaria than in any other. He attributed this to yogurt, which was probably invented there and is the mainstay of the traditional Bulgarian diet.

Nowadays it’s an important part of the diet of many people who have diabetes. It’s certainly something I eat regularly, and I have frequently extolled its benefits here.

But until recently I couldn’t find what I knew had to be the best combination of characteristics. I know that I could make it at home and did that at one time, but now I would rather spend my time doing other things.

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Negotiate for Your Diabetes Drugs

September 29th, 2014 · No Comments

Like most of us, my health insurance covers some of the cost of medications. But because I don’t need any diabetes medication and am in good health, I use few prescription drugs and don’t come close to reaching my deductible. So I pay the whole cost out of my pocket for the few medications that I get from time to time.

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Consequently, I have had to learn that American pharmacies operate like third-world businesses in one important respect. We have to negotiate with them.

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4 Reasons Why People with Diabetes Need to Eat Organic Food

September 28th, 2014 · No Comments

For most people the big benefit of eating organic food may be consuming less pesticide in their diets. But for people with diabetes it’s different.

High blood sugar means having a compromised immune system. Extra sugar in our blood exhausts the immune cells in our body and feeds germs. More than most people we need help.

This help can come from consuming antioxidants. Numerous studies have linked antioxidants to a reduced risk of chronic diseases, including heart, stroke, and neurodegenerative diseases (like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s) and certain cancers. Now, a major study that the British Journal of Nutrition published yesterday show that food grown organically has much higher levels of antioxidants than do conventionally grown crops.

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The full-text of the study, “Higher antioxidant and lower cadmium concentrations and lower incidence of pesticide residues in organically grown crops: a systematic literature review and meta-analyses,” is available free online.

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The Best Exercise for People with Diabetes

September 27th, 2014 · 2 Comments

Lately I’ve been thinking about the best way for those of us who have diabetes to get the exercise we need to stay in shape and to help us manage our diabetes better. But until now I only had my own opinion.

The best exercise, I had decided on the basis of my experience, was to get the exercise we like, because that’s the only exercise that you or I will keep on doing. That’s true, but frankly I didn’t have much more to say about it. Now I do, because a new study shows for a fact that this is what works.

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This morning Cornell University’s Food and Brand Lab announced some exciting new research. It had appeared in the May issue of a journal that I wouldn’t otherwise have read, Marketing Letters: A Journal of Research in Marketing.

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Receiving the Diabetes Diagnosis

August 4th, 2014 · No Comments

“Did anybody ever tell you that you have diabetes?”  Since you are reading this, my guess is that somebody gave you this diagnosis.

On February 7, 1994, Dr. Joseph Blum, my primary care physician at the VA Clinic in Santa Barbara, California, broke the news to me with those words. He added that my A1C level was 14.4. Before that nobody had even hinted that I had diabetes.

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I didn’t know enough about diabetes to be shocked, to panic, or go into denial. These the reactions that many people have when they learn that they will have to live with this disease for the rest of their lives.

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Mindfulness and Meditation for Diabetes Management

July 27th, 2014 · No Comments

Last night my thoughts returned again and again to a missing package. The sender had written me that my order had been delivered, but I hadn’t received it. I tried and tried to suppress that thought and to get back to sleep. Finally, meditation helped.

This was for me a painful example of what psychologists call “thought suppression.” Like many people, I have experienced thought suppression lots of times. But I don’t remember having read about this concept before starting to prepare this article, which reviews a new study of how meditation and mindfulness can help people with diabetes and other long-term conditions.

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Gentle Testing for Diabetes

July 20th, 2014 · No Comments

Nobody ever dared to claim that drawing a drop of blood to check our blood sugar levels could be gentle. Until now.

A new company named Genteel has just started shipping its “gentle lancing instrument.” The box that it comes in says right on it that it give us “blood testing without pain!”

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For many of us who have diabetes using a blood glucose meter and lancing device is the most painful thing we have to do. And most of us perform this onerous chore several times a day.

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