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Diabetes Update 111: Is Diabetes Progressive?

October 1, 2007

By David Mendosa


My most recent articles are:

  • My New Diabetes Articles for Health Central
    So far I have written more than 200 articles for Health Central about all aspects of diabetes. In September they published eight more of my new diabetes articles:

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    1. Remote Blood Glucose Tracking . The Eocene Virtual Tracker provides the easiest way I’ve ever tested to send your blood glucose data to people who need to see it. You just plug it into your phone line, slip the Eclipse meter into its cradle, and off your data goes.

    2. Drinking Calories . A new study demonstrates that when we take our food in liquid form rather than in a solid one, we consume more calories that day. It seems our bodies are hard-wired for liquids to satisfy our thirst, but not our hunger. After all, the only drink our distant ancestors knew about was water.

    3. Testing AGEs. A company in Albuquerque is developing a device that uses fluorescence to non-invasively measure advanced glycation end-products (AGEs) in the skin. Testing our levels of AGEs is something that all of us can use, particularly those of us with diabetes. The higher your level of AGEs the higher your risk of cardiovascular complications.

    4. Dreamfields Calories. It looks like the protected carbohydrates in Dreamfields Pasta actually contribute about half the level of regular carbs since they behave like a soluble fiber. This reduces the calories that are actually absorbed in a serving from 190 to about 130.

    5. Accu-Chek Smart Pix Device Reader . Roche’s new device is a great way for people with diabetes and their health care team to view and analyze blood glucose or insulin pump data quickly and conveniently. It includes both the new low and high blood glucose indices as well as the standard deviation. These are the best tools we currently have to measure glycemic variability.

    6. Health and Wealth. Our health is connected to our economics and finances. When we have too little, it’s too hard to take care of our health. Both money and good health increase the potential to do what you want to do.

    7. Helping Spouses. How can you help your spouse take better care of himself or herself? Some people try by asked me to intercede. But the best strategy is to show your partner with diabetes how to control it by eating sensibly, losing weight, and exercising. These are what everyone, whether he or she has diabetes or not, needs to do in order to maximize his or her health.

    8. Is Diabetes Progressive?. Diabetes is certainly progressive when treated with the same tired advice the experts have been handing us forever. But diabetes is not progressive with the right diet and enough exercise. Some people think that’s hard. But it’s actually easy, because good health makes everything easier.

Dietary AGE Intervention Study:

    The Division of Experimental Diabetes and Aging at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City is seeking healthy nonsmokers, aged 18-35 or 60 and above to participate in a study that explores a new approach to diet and its effects on disease. This study will randomize subjects to follow either a regular or a low AGE diet (they will instruct you how to do it at home) for four months. Then, they will measure the effect of this intervention on several blood and urine parameters as well as in non-invasive cardiovascular tests.

    You will be asked to provide a urine and blood sample, complete a three-day food diary and participate in other non-invasive vascular tests. Participants will be compensated for travel. For information please call: 1 (212)241-2567.

Dr. Bernstein’s Webcast:

    The next “Ask Dr. Bernstein” webcast and teleconference call is scheduled for October 25. Just go to www.diabetes911.net and register for the call. It’s free.

    Dr. Richard K. Bernstein will be teaching medical professionals his treatment methods on a nine-day CME cruise to the Caribbean next March. He has never offered anything like this before. You can find detailed information at www.diabetes911.net/diabetescruise.

Inspired By Diabetes:

    InspiredByDiabetes.com is a global campaign designed to bring diabetes to the world’s attention. The site is also the sponsor of the Creative Expression Competition, which asks anyone who has been touched by the disease to share his or her story through some sort of artistic work. The Grand Prize winners in two categories  —  U.S. and global  —  will each receive a US$5,000 contribution to charity and a trip to the U.S. or global Inspired by Diabetes art exhibition. There are more details about the campaign and contest at inspiredbydiabetes.com/content/how_to_enter_120.jsp.

Research Study on Stress:

    My correspondent Alison writes that she and her associates are seeking people to type 1 diabetes to take part in a research study to better understand how different methods of dealing with stress can impact the health and functioning of people with diabetes. It is their goal to better understand the relationship between stress and health in people with type 1 diabetes.

    This research study will be conducted entirely online. You can do it from the convenience of your own home and at the times that would be easiest for you. If you are interested in learning more details about this study, and possibly participating, please go to www.clas.wayne.edu/~radcliff/ or email them at diabetes_research@wayne.edu.

Taking Control Broadcasts:

    Taking Control of Your Diabetes (TCOYD) has begun broadcasting 12 new episodes of the Taking Control of Your Diabetes television series on educational access cable channels through the University of California and DISH in most areas. The dynamic and renowned diabetes specialist Steven V. Edelman, MD, hosts these half-hour, commercial-free programs.

    The shows this season will present serious discussions on hypoglycemia, sleep apnea, insulin management, and other conditions that affect both diabetic and non-diabetic populations along with more informal and humorous sides of life such as a kid’s point-of-view of diabetes and traveling with diabetes.

    Last season’s episodes are now available for purchase from www.tcoyd.tv. These episodes featured guests such as international chef Chris Smith and William Polonsky, Ph.D., author of Diabetes Burnout.

Talking about Diabetes Survey:

    Although many people have diabetes, very little is known about the everyday talks we have about diabetes with friends or family. Talking can be important because it’s part of what makes us feel more, or sometimes even less, supported or understood by others.

    This research study by Cat McGrew, a doctoral candidate in Ohio State University’s School of Communication, is hoping to learn more about all of this. Cat is conducting a confidential online survey about people’s experiences in talking about diabetes.

    “I'm seeking people over 18 years old with type 1 or type 2 diabetes to participate,” Cat tells me. “We’re interested in the views of someone WITH diabetes AND of a close friend, family member, or spouse. This will help us understand how the other person feels when talking about diabetes too. Either person can take the survey, even if the other one doesn’t. This research is being conducted as part of my doctoral dissertation, and has been reviewed and approved by my university. If you wish, I’ll send you a summary of the results once it’s completed.”

    To participate or ask questions, please send an email with a subject line of “SURVEY” to talk_about_diabetes@hotmail.com

Second Annual Healthcare Blogger Survey:

    Envision Solutions and Trusted.MD have launched the second comprehensive survey of the global healthcare blogging community. It will be running until October 15. It is open to individuals and organizations that devote at least 30 percent of their blogging time to healthcare-related topics. To learn more about the poll go to: www.envisionsolutionsnow.com/survey2.html.

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    I now send out Diabetes Update once a month. Previous issues are online:

  1. Diabetes Update Number 1: Diabetes Genes of December 10, 2000
  2. Diabetes Update Number 2: DiabetesWATCH of December 18, 2000
  3. Diabetes Update Number 3: Starlix of January 3, 2001
  4. Diabetes Update Number 4: Native Seeds/SEARCH, Tepary Beans of January 17, 2001
  5. Diabetes Update Number 5: Insulin Makes You Fat of January 31, 2001
  6. Diabetes Update Number 6: Available and Unavailable Carbohydrates of February 15, 2001
  7. Diabetes Update Number 7: Dates of March 1, 2001
  8. Diabetes Update Number 8: Quackwatch of March 15, 2001
  9. Diabetes Update Number 9: The Cost of Insulin of March 30, 2001
  10. Diabetes Update Number 10: Sof-Tact Meter of April 2, 2001
  11. Diabetes Update Number 11: iControlDiabetes of April 16, 2001
  12. Diabetes Update Number 12: Cinnamon, Tagatose of May 2, 2001
  13. Diabetes Update Number 13: Glycemic Index of May 15, 2001
  14. Diabetes Update Number 14: Eat Your Carrots! of May 31, 2001
  15. Diabetes Update Number 15: Glycemic Load of June 21, 2001
  16. Diabetes Update Number 16: Homocysteine of July 2, 2001
  17. Diabetes Update Number 17: Chana Dal Tips of July 15, 2001
  18. Diabetes Update Number 18: Lag Time in AlternativeLand of August 2, 2001
  19. Diabetes Update Number 19: Fiber of August 15, 2001
  20. Diabetes Update Number 20: How Diabetes Works of August 30, 2001
  21. Diabetes Update Number 21: Insulin Resistance of September 14, 2001
  22. Diabetes Update Number 22: Trans Fats, Honey, CU of October 1, 2001
  23. Diabetes Update Number 23: Pedometer Power of October 15, 2001
  24. Diabetes Update Number 24: Is Glycerin a Carbohydrate? of October 31, 2001
  25. Diabetes Update Number 25: Kill the Meter to Save It of November 15, 2001
  26. Diabetes Update Number 26: Protein, Fat, and the GI of December 1, 2001
  27. Diabetes Update Number 27: Insulin Index of December 14, 2001
  28. Diabetes Update Number 28: Fructose of January 4, 2002
  29. Diabetes Update Number 29: Aspirin of January 14, 2002
  30. Diabetes Update Number 30: Stevia of January 31, 2002
  31. Diabetes Update Number 31: Gretchen Becker’s Book of February 19, 2002
  32. Diabetes Update Number 32: The UKPDS of March 4, 2002
  33. Diabetes Update Number 33: Financial Aid of March 18, 2002
  34. Diabetes Update Number 34: Pre-Diabetes of April 1, 2002
  35. Diabetes Update Number 35: More Glycemic Indexes of April 15, 2002
  36. Diabetes Update Number 36: Gila Monsters of April 30, 2002
  37. Diabetes Update Number 37: Is INGAP a Cure? of May 15, 2002
  38. Diabetes Update Number 38: Native American Diabetes of June 3, 2002
  39. Diabetes Update Number 39: FDA Diabetes of June 19, 2002
  40. Diabetes Update Number 40: Diabetes Support Groups of July 1, 2002
  41. Diabetes Update Number 41: New GI and GL Table of July 15, 2002
  42. Diabetes Update Number 42: Diabetes Sight of August 1, 2002
  43. Diabetes Update Number 43: DrugDigest of August 18, 2002
  44. Diabetes Update Number 44: Hanuman Garden of September 3, 2002
  45. Diabetes Update Number 45: Guidelines of September 16, 2002
  46. Diabetes Update Number 46: Trans Fat of October 4, 2002
  47. Diabetes Update Number 47: Nutrition.Gov of October 16, 2002
  48. Diabetes Update Number 48: Our Hearts of October 31, 2002
  49. Diabetes Update Number 49: Our Kidneys of November 15, 2002
  50. Diabetes Update Number 50: A1C<7 of December 2, 2002
  51. Diabetes Update Number 51: Diabetes Searches with Google of December 16, 2002
  52. Diabetes Update Number 52: e-Patients of January 2, 2003
  53. Diabetes Update Number 53: Email News of January 16, 2003
  54. Diabetes Update Number 54: Third Generation Meters of January 31, 2003
  55. Diabetes Update Number 55: Hypoglycemic Supplies of February 14, 2003
  56. Diabetes Update Number 56: Food Police of March 1, 2003
  57. Diabetes Update Number 57: Vitamins of April 1, 2003
  58. Diabetes Update Number 58: Lancets of May 1, 2003
  59. Diabetes Update Number 59: Accurate Meters of June 1, 2003
  60. Diabetes Update Number 60: Chromium of July 1, 2003
  61. Diabetes Update Number 61: Traveling of August 1, 2003
  62. Diabetes Update Number 62: My Book of September 1, 2003
  63. Diabetes Update Number 63: Hot Tubs of October 1, 2003
  64. Diabetes Update Number 64: Home A1C Testing of November 1, 2003
  65. Diabetes Update Number 65: Detemir of December 1, 2003
  66. Diabetes Update Number 66: Erectile Dysfunction of January 1, 2004
  67. Diabetes Update Number 67: Acidic Foods of February 1, 2004
  68. Diabetes Update Number 68: Net Carbs of March 1, 2004
  69. Diabetes Update Number 69: Glycemic Index of April 1, 2004
  70. Diabetes Update Number 70: Dreamfields Pasta of May 1, 2004
  71. Diabetes Update Number 71: Cholesterol of June 1, 2004
  72. Diabetes Update Number 72: Meter News of July 1, 2004
  73. Diabetes Update Number 73: Pill Splitting of August 1, 2004
  74. Diabetes Update Number 74: GlucoMON of September 1, 2004
  75. Diabetes Update Number 75: Coding of October 1, 2004
  76. Diabetes Update Number 76: Sleep Apnea of November 1, 2004
  77. Diabetes Update Number 77: Keynote Address of December 1, 2004
  78. Diabetes Update Number 78: Mangosteen of January 1, 2005
  79. Diabetes Update Number 79: Noninvasive Dream of February 1, 2005
  80. Diabetes Update Number 80: Pelikan Sun of March 1, 2005
  81. Diabetes Update Number 81: Medtronic Monitors of April 1, 2005
  82. Diabetes Update Number 82: ExtendBars of May 1, 2005
  83. Diabetes Update Number 83: GlycoMark of June 1, 2005
  84. Diabetes Update Number 84: My British Book of July 1, 2005
  85. Diabetes Update Number 85: Disintegrating of August 1, 2005
  86. Diabetes Update Number 86: Meter Research of September 1, 2005
  87. Diabetes Update Number 87: Evaluating Meters of October 1, 2005
  88. Diabetes Update Number 88: When to Test of November 1, 2005
  89. Diabetes Update Number 89: Blogging of December 1, 2005
  90. Diabetes Update Number 90: RSS Feed of January 1, 2006
  91. Diabetes Update Number 91: An Uncommon Doctor of February 1, 2006
  92. Diabetes Update Number 92: More Blog Entries of March 1, 2006
  93. Diabetes Update Number 93: Talking Meters of April 1, 2006
  94. Diabetes Update Number 94: Navigating of May 1, 2006
  95. Diabetes Update Number 95: Measuring Sweat of June 1, 2006
  96. Diabetes Update Number 96: The Future of Pumps of July 1, 2006
  97. Diabetes Update Number 97: Pumping in Real Time of August 1, 2006
  98. Diabetes Update Number 98: The DexCom Sensor of September 1, 2006
  99. Diabetes Update Number 99: GlucoTel of October 1, 2006
  100. Diabetes Update Number 100: Discovery of Byetta of November 1, 2006
  101. Diabetes Update Number 101: My Diabetes Blog of December 1, 2006
  102. Diabetes Update Number 102: Stress of January 1, 2007
  103. Diabetes Update Number 103: UltraMini of February 1, 2007
  104. Diabetes Update Number 104: Salt of March 1, 2007
  105. Diabetes Update Number 105: In Memoriam Catherine of April 1, 2007
  106. Diabetes Update Number 106: Eating Locally of May 1, 2007
  107. Diabetes Update Number 107: Avandia Anxiety of June 1, 2007
  108. Diabetes Update Number 108: Pigs of July 1, 2007
  109. Diabetes Update Number 109: Continuous Testing of August 1, 2007
  110. Diabetes Update Number 110: How Byetta Works of September 1, 2007
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