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Update Number 149: Meter Accuracy

December 1, 2010

By David Mendosa


Columbine

From Korea with Love, David

Jeju Island, South Korea, October 21, 2010

  • My New Diabetes Articles for HealthCentral:

    Last month HealthCentral published four more of my diabetes articles about all aspects of the condition:

  • Comparing Meter Accuracy. Here are the results of a new study that I reviewed comparing the accuracy of blood glucose meters from the major brands as well as some minor ones. The study including a comparison 27 meters including systems from the big four on the American market, LifeScan, Roche, Bayer, and Abbott.

  • Adversity Makes Us Stronger. A new study shows that lifetime adversity can contribute to the development of resilience. This has a lot to do with diabetes. No question that having diabetes is more than a bit of adversity. But anyone who is controlling his or her diabetes will tell you that having it will make us healthier and happier. And stronger too.

  • The Buzz About Kimchi. Kimchi is one of the most important fermented foods. Lactobacillus is its key. These lactic acid bacteria may possess potential therapeutic properties including anti-inflammatory -- especially important for people with diabetes -- as well as possible anti-cancer activities.

  • Hot Plates for Slow Eating. When we eat too fast, we eat too much. And when we eat slowly, we can avoid overeating and therefore can control our diabetes better. Some of us -- myself included -- have been eating too fast because we like our meals to be hot rather than lukewarm. Now, however, we can use one of the “HotSmart Gourmet Plates” to eat slowly without having our food cool down.

  • The Fat of The Matter

    We all know how carbs affect blood glucose.  But what about fat? It, too, influences blood glucose.  Gary Scheiner MS, CDE, contributes this article about how dietary fat is involved in digestion and insulin sensitivity and what  you can do to offset it. You can read his article here.

  • 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 Wednesday December 29th, 2010, at 7PM CST, 8PM EST, 6PM MST, 5PM PST. He designed it to answer your most important questions concerning diabetes and to offer his thoughts on the latest developments in this area.

    The seminar is free. You can click here to register: http://www.diabetes911.net/askdrb/index.php. It's also available as a live webcast both on the Internet and by phone.

  • Searching for My Articles

    Whenever you want to find anything that I have written about diabetes -- whether on my website or on the Health Central Network -- the easiest way is to use the search tool on my site. You can search for all of the articles on my site or for the "Diabetes Developments" blog or the "Fitness and Photography for Fun" blog or what I have written at Health Central.

    Just go to mendosa.com/search and check which one of the four sites you want to search and enter what you want to find in the search block.

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