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

ADA Endorses Low-Carb for Weight Loss

December 30th, 2007 · 5 Comments

Low-carb advocates are already jumping all over the American Diabetes Association for the new “Nutrition Recommendations” that the organization published yesterday. That policy statement, published in a supplement to the January 2008 issue of Diabetes Care, provides only limited endorsement of a low-carb diet. It’s good only for weight loss and only effective for up to a year, they maintain. [Read more →]

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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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Eat Fat, Grow Thin

December 2nd, 2007 · No Comments

The conventional wisdom of our health professionals is that a calorie is a calorie. “From a purely thermodynamic point of view, this is clear because the human body or, indeed, any living organism cannot create or destroy energy but can only convert energy from one form to another.” [Read more →]

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Drinking Calories

September 6th, 2007 · 2 Comments

Nutritionists used to say that a carb is a carb is a carb. Now that they understand the glycemic index they know that’s not true.

They also used to say that a calorie is a calorie is a calorie. But now we have evidence that this isn’t true either. [Read more →]

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Making Better Muffins

May 1st, 2007 · No Comments

One of the advantages of having diabetes is the chance to try all sorts of different, new, and exciting foods. Maybe you haven’t experienced that yet, but people all over the country keep sending me diabetes-friendly products to try.

Most of them are healthy and tasty. Anyway, none of them have poisoned me yet. One of the most surprisingly good foods that I’ve had the pleasure of eating arrived a couple of days ago. [Read more →]

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Why and How to Eat Local

April 5th, 2007 · No Comments

The growing movement to eat locally grown food attracts most people because it’s good for the planet. But it’s good for our own bodies too.

Those of us who have diabetes are especially concerned with good nutrition. We have to be sure to get high quality without the large quantity of food that most of our fellow Americans eat. Earlier I wrote here that we know that organic food is more nutrient dense than the standard supermarket stuff. [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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Soy Yogurt

November 24th, 2006 · No Comments

If I hadn’t known about a new study of yogurt for properties that can help us keep our diabetes and high blood pressure in check, I wouldn’t be enjoying soy yogurt now. [Read more →]

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New Nutrition Recommendations

September 3rd, 2006 · 4 Comments

The American Diabetes Association’s nutrition recommendations just came out, and I am disappointed.

This ADA position statement for 2006 updates the 2004 recommendations. The organization’s nutrition recommendations are the most influential – and controversial – recommendations that the ADA makes. [Read more →]

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