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

Manage Your Diabetes with Diabetes University

January 18th, 2015 · 4 Comments

Ever since 1969 when Richard K. Bernstein became the first person with diabetes to use a blood glucose meter and discover the huge impact that carbohydrates have on our blood sugar, he has been committed to helping the rest of us manage our diabetes. He has helped thousands of patients who have diabetes, written nine books and more than 100 articles about it, and continues to offer free monthly webcasts.

But only now has he established a diabetes university.

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When Remission Is Better Than a Cure for Diabetes

January 12th, 2015 · 3 Comments

If we had a cure for diabetes, we would be so happy.

No more needles or pills! We wouldn’t have to consider how every tasty morsel we put in our mouths would raise our blood sugar or remember to exercise even when we would rather sit on our easy chairs. We wouldn’t have to do regular fingersticks, despair over our A1C levels, or moan about our BMI. We could relax.


Graphic courtesy of Ginger Viera

When Dr. Frederick Banting isolated insulin in 1922, the world hailed him for discovering the cure for diabetes, awarding him and Professor J.J.R. Macloud the 1923 Nobel Prize in Medicine.  Life saving for anyone with type 1 diabetes, insulin certainly is, but we all now know that it is no cure.

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Hunger Is Not the Enemy of Diabetes

January 5th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Hunger can be a big problem when we try to lose weight. But some weight loss strategies cause less hunger than others, and we can actually use whatever hunger we have to work for us when we decide to eat less.

Those of us who have diabetes seem to be continually trying new ways to manage our weight. I think that I tried everything from very low-fat (Dean Ornish’s) and high-starch diets (John McDougall’s) to the Standard American (SAD) and Mediterranean diets. Only when I took a prescription drug (Byetta) and later when I switched to very low-carb, because I wanted to avoid the side effects of drugs, was I able to take off all the weight I needed to lose.

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Painless Lancing for Diabetes

January 2nd, 2015 · 2 Comments

For readers of this post Genteel is offering $20 off through Monday, January 12, 2015, because of some confusion over the expiration date of the previous offer. Please use the promo code ‘MENDOSA20′ on the Order page to get your discount.

The only painless way for us to check our blood sugar level, the Genteel lancing device, is on sale. But it’s only for readers of this article and your friends and family and only through this Friday, December 5.

I wrote about it when it first became available in June in this article: “Gentle Testing for Diabetes.” I use it myself and know that it is painless.

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Are You Thankful for Diabetes?

December 26th, 2014 · 5 Comments

If you aren’t suffering from a complication of diabetes, you actually have every reason to be thankful that you have this dreaded disease. Even if you already have some complications, you can reverse most of them.

Thanks to Leighann Calentine!

In fact, I have been able to reverse two of them: one was a microaneurysm in my left eye, which if I didn’t do anything, could have led to my becoming blind in that eye. The other was some diabetic peripheral neuropathy in my feet; the neuropathy has come and gone. Both complications went away when I redoubled my efforts to reduce my blood sugar.

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Reversing Painful Diabetic Neuropathy

December 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

The drugs that are approved to reduce the pain of diabetic peripheral neuropathy are expensive. But your doctor can prescribe much less costly drugs that might save you thousands of dollars and may work equally well.

No drugs do anything more than cut the pain. To reverse the neuropathy, you have to act.

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Dental Infections Are Trouble for Diabetes

December 13th, 2014 · 2 Comments

If you have a dental infection and diabetes, you can never get your blood sugar stabilized.  I know this from my personal experience and from listening to Richard K. Bernstein, M.D.

Any infection will wreck havoc with our blood sugar management. But dental infections may be some of the most common infections. They can also be insidious, as I know all too well.

The typical dental infection is probably gum disease, which our dentists call periodontal disease. But root canal infections, known as endodontic or endodontal infections, can go undetected even by the best dentists. I know, because my dentist didn’t find mine for about a year.

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Three Surprises in a New Survey of Blood Glucose Meter Satisfaction

December 9th, 2014 · No Comments

A survey that came out this morning shows that an overwhelming proportion of people in this country who use blood glucose meters really like the ones that Bayer makes. But the meters that the other three leading manufacturers make aren’t far behind.

These results surprise me. With all the complaints that I get here about the inaccuracy and lack of precision of our meters I didn’t expect the degree of satisfaction that this survey reported. Either they know something that we don’t or ignorance is bliss.

In any case, meters made by Bayer AG, the German pharmaceutical and chemical company, ranked highest in customer satisfaction in a J.D. Power survey of 2,024 people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. “Bayer ranks highest in satisfaction with a score of 843, performing particularly well in meter performance; ease of use; design; features; and cost of test strips,” J.D. Power says.  Since the survey is calculated on a 1,000 point scale, let’s just say that 84 percent of the users that they surveyed are satisfied with Bayer meters.

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Skipping Breakfast with Diabetes

December 8th, 2014 · 2 Comments

Skipping breakfast, according to the conventional wisdom, is a mistake for people with diabetes who want to lose weight. But this piece of conventional wisdom may be a myth.

Almost all of us who have type 2 diabetes want to lose weight or make sure to keep off the weight we have lost. Twenty years ago when a doctor first told me that I have diabetes, I weighed over 300 pounds. Eight and one-half years ago I brought my weight down to my goal of 156 (a BMI of 19.8), which is what I weigh today. It has never been easy.

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Diabetes and Hypothyroidism: Partners in Ill Health

December 7th, 2014 · No Comments

What’s wrong with you if you have diabetes along with mood fluctuations, if you are anxious, if you often get angry, and if you have a poor memory? Are you just a bad person?

Did you even consider that you might have an underactive thyroid gland? Lots of people have this condition, which doctors call hypothyroidism. And even a greater proportion of people with diabetes have it. I’m one of them.

Few doctors ever check us to see if our thyroid gland is working properly. Even fewer treat it because of inconsistent standards regarding what a healthy thyroid is.


Dr. Kesavadev (right) and Me (Photo by Gopika Krishnan)

But one doctor who runs a large diabetes clinic has been concerned for years about hypothyroidism among his patients. I met him three years ago in San Diego at the Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association.  He is Jothydev Kesavadev, M.D., of Jothydev’s Diabetes and Research Center in Trivandrum, India, which is also known as Thiruvananthapuram and is the capital of the state of Kerala located on the west coast of India near the extreme south of the country.

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