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Diabetes Update 118: Erectile Dysfunction

May 1, 2008

By David Mendosa

An Inquisitive Deer

An Inquisitive Deer
At Hall Ranch Open Space near Boulder, Colorado

So far I have written 269 articles for Health Central about all aspects of diabetes. In April this leading website published nine more of my new diabetes articles:
  • Curing Erectile Dysfunction. Up to half of all men who have diabetes also have erectile dysfunction, one of the most ego- destroying complications of diabetes. We usually treat the symptoms with drugs and other medical options. But you can treat the cause. You can cure ED. 
  • Greek-Style Yogurt. Yogurt is one of the few probiotic foods that Americans regularly eat. The best yogurt is organic Greek-style. And what are the other probiotic foods? I discuss them here too.
  • The Ultimate Meter. The new WaveSense Jazz meter is by far the best blood glucose meter I've ever used. It is the most accurate. It includes two ways to measure glycemic variability. And it includes everything else that I have been arguing for years that our blood glucose meters need.
  • A New Meter for People Who Can't See It. If you can see this article, you personally don't need the new meter I'm writing about here. But you may well have a family member or a friend with diabetes who doesn't see very well, if at all. The Prodigy Voice meter is for them.
  • Inflammation and PAD. Inflammation includes everything from peritoneal disease to muscle soreness and plaque in our arteries. Plaque is an injury to the inner lining of an artery, the endothelium. That injury promotes inflammation.
  • More Trouble with Fructose. The trouble with fructose isn't just insulin resistance and heart attacks, as serious as they are. And it's not even just because of the massive amounts of high-fructose corn syrup that most people in the developed world added to their diets in the past 30 years or so. The trouble is with fructose comes from even much smaller amounts. Even from the fructose in most fruit and in some vegetables.
  • Diabetes and Cracked Fingertips: Everyone's Hands Need Help. People with diabetes are like everyone else, only more so. Even the complications of diabetes are more intense manifestations of what anyone may experience. For example, the problems that we often experience with our skin are similar to what just about everyone experiences, although maybe we experience them more often or more severely. Everyone's hands need help. Here it is.
  • Overcoming Exercise Inertia. Starting to exercise isn't easy for anyone. It sure wasn't for me, even though I knew all too well how important exercise is for controlling my diabetes.It's a particularly personal example of the universal problem called inertia. But inertia's up side is that a body in motion tends to remain in motion. Once we get going it's easier to keep going than to stop.

Confessions of a Quack

Steven Bratman is one of my favorite medical doctors. I have known and respected him for years of exchanging email, talking on the phone, and lunching together. He is in practice in Denver, and it is a rather conventional one. But that wasn't always the way that he practiced medicine.

"I once took alternative medicine on faith," Steve wrote at the beginning of his important article on "Double Blind Studies" that he authorized me to make available on my website at "For decades, I practiced it on patients and myself and my family, and assumed that pretty much all of it worked. Then I learned about double-blind studies, and it was like a tornado blowing down a house of cards. I discovered that I, like most people who love alternative medicine, had made a huge (though understandable) mistake."

Now, he has authorized me to made available his wonderful semi-autobiographical novel, "Confessions of a Quack." I read a draft of it in 2005 and encouraged Steve to find a publisher for it. Conventional publishers, however, thought that the audience for a novel dealing with alternative medicine would be too small. So Steve has now authorized me to publish it on my website at

I smiled and laughed many times when I read the book. Steve has a great, ironic sense of humor. It's an important book too. And sometimes a novel can communicate a message a lot better than non-fiction.

Like the fictional Dr. Harry Boullard of "Confessions of a Quack," Dr. Bratman started "The Natural Pharmacist." This is the most comprehensive and objective resource for hundreds of herbs and supplements used to treat many medical conditions, one of the most important of which is certainly diabetes. Fortunately, some hospitals make this important resource free online. On of them is Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, and one of its long links to the site is here. I reviewed "The Natural Pharmacist" in my blog.

Dr. Bratman's agent for some reason that I can't fathom thought that he should change the name of the book to "Adventures of Holistic Harry." I strongly disagreed and convinced Steven to let me provide his book on my website under the much more appropriate title, "Confessions of a Quack."

Dr. Bernstein's Webcast

If you have any interest in controlling your diabetes by low-carb eating, one of the best resources is Dr. Richard K. Bernstein's monthly webcast. It's an hour of excellent diabetes education.

Dr. Bernstein's next LIVE Tele-Seminar is Tuesday, May 27, at 8:00 PM EST, 7:00 PM CST, 6:00 PM MST, and 5:00 PM PST. You can click here to register: It's also available as a LIVE Webcast both on the Internet and by phone.


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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
    111. Diabetes Update Number 111: Is Diabetes Progressive of October 1, 2007
    112. Diabetes Update Number 112: Gary Scheiner of November 1, 2007
    113. Diabetes Update Number 113: Karen LaVine of December 1, 2007
    114. Diabetes Update Number 114: Low-Carb of January 1, 2008
    115. Diabetes Update Number 115: My New Book of February 1, 2008
    116. Diabetes Update Number 116: The Low-Carb Vegetarian of March 1, 2008
    117. Diabetes Update Number 117: Fitness of April 1, 2008

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