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Diabetes Developments - A blog on latest developments in diabetes by David Mendosa
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F is for Failure

May 10th, 2007 · No Comments

This article wants to be excused for jumping the queue. Since it is hot news, this article skips over what C, D, and E are for, which are patiently waiting for their turns.

But we do know that F is for Failure. Don’t take it personally. I’m not talking here about you or me. I’m talking about the failure of non-invasive blood glucose meters. [Read more →]

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Posted in: Testing

B is for Byetta

May 6th, 2007 · No Comments

At first I couldn’t decide whether B was for Byetta or for better. Then I realized that it didn’t matter.

Byetta is better. It is better at helping people with type 2 diabetes to lose weight than anything else. And the longer I use it the better it helps me at controlling my appetite and increasing my exercise. Byetta is pretty darn good too at bringing down our A1C. [Read more →]

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Posted in: Medication

Nutrition Information in Magazines

March 26th, 2007 · No Comments

Back in the dawn of the Internet era, JAMA, the top American medical journal warned, “Let the reader and viewer beware” of the quality of medical information on the Internet. This month the American Medical Association reiterated the warning – on the web itself – “regarding the incomplete, misleading, or inaccurate medical information available on the web.” [Read more →]

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Posted in: Psychosocial

Chromium Picolinate

March 13th, 2007 · 4 Comments

I’m almost ready to retract.Sometimes I write or speak too soon. I know that none of you do that, but sometimes my fingers and my tongue work faster than my mind. [Read more →]

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Posted in: Medication

Diabetes Web Search

January 5th, 2007 · No Comments

We can’t control our diabetes without knowing what to do. That means searching out information ourselves. Diabetes is so complex that, unlike people with other conditions, we can’t rely on our doctors.

As a writer about diabetes I search out information wherever I can find it. That means interviewing doctors and other experts, reading the latest books, and keeping up with the diabetes magazines.

But what I learn from those sources pales in comparison to the information about diabetes available on the Web. Knowing how to search the Web is so important that Gretchen Becker includes a whole chapter, “Searching the Internet,” in her book The First Year: Type 2 Diabetes. Marlowe & Company, the biggest independent publisher of books about diabetes, will publish the second edition of her book on December 28.
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Posted in: Psychosocial

Sh! Keeping Diabetes Quiet

December 27th, 2006 · 2 Comments

If you work for someone else – or even think that you might some day – you might not want to let people outside your family know that you have diabetes. [Read more →]

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Posted in: Psychosocial

Free Drugs

December 12th, 2006 · No Comments

People with diabetes probably look as hard for free drugs as party crashers look for a free lunch. Both are sometimes there for the taking, but you have to know where to look.

The surprising fact about free drugs is that the best place for most people to look for them is in your doctor’s office. In my experience doctors often have more free samples than places to store them. [Read more →]

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Posted in: Medication

A Tale of Two Books

December 1st, 2006 · 1 Comment

In my spare time this week I read a couple of books. Both books are about diabetes. Both are new and both are very well written. But that is where the similarities end. [Read more →]

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Posted in: Psychosocial

The Biggest Diabetes Scams

October 31st, 2006 · 57 Comments

People like me who deal with diabetes every day on the Internet know that the hucksters are targeting us more and more with their scams and schemes. For people in business, diabetes has a well-deserve reputation as a growth industry. [Read more →]

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Finding Health Facts

October 24th, 2006 · No Comments

When my former doctor diagnosed my diabetes, I wanted to find out as much about it as I could. So just one month later I got an Internet account. [Read more →]

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Posted in: Psychosocial