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

Nutrition Scales

December 16th, 2007 · 5 Comments

All the real diet books say to start with a food diary. For the 85 percent of those of us with diabetes who are overweight or obese and are presumably trying to get down to something more healthy that sounds easy enough. [Read more →]

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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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The Rise And Fall Of Nutritionism

February 21st, 2007 · No Comments

Just as I was regretting having read all of Michael Pollan’s books, here he comes with a wonderful long article in The New York Times Magazine.

The article is “Unhappy Meals.” But the key point is about nutritionism. [Read more →]

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Faking It

January 18th, 2007 · No Comments

It’s not just a theory that it’s better to be optimistic than pessimistic. Researchers have studied it for more than 40 years among almost 7,000 men and women and have found it to be true. [Read more →]

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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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Telemonitoring Proof

December 6th, 2006 · No Comments

People with diabetes have been among the quickest to embrace the Internet. Their doctors have probably been the slowest.

This will change as soon as physicians catch on to the impact of a long-term study. This study compares the A1C levels of people with type 2 diabetes in an Internet-based glucose monitoring system with those in a control group. [Read more →]

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The Biggest Diabetes Scams

October 31st, 2006 · 66 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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Playing Doctor on the Web

October 29th, 2006 · No Comments

I’m not a doctor, and I don’t play one on the Web, TV, or otherwise. But I just posed as one. It was in a good cause.

I am a journalist specializing in writing and consulting about diabetes. My highest university degree is a master’s. My credentials are my experience of a dozen years of having and studying diabetes and writing about it. [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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