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Diabetes Update: Diabetes Support Groups

November 1, 2011

By David Mendosa


Columbine

Coyote Eats

A Mouse Snack in Rocky Mountain
National Park, October 21, 2011 

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

    Diabetes Support Group

    Support groups can give you a sense of optimism. That is my experience and that of other members of the diabetes support group that I started three and one-half years ago in the city where I live
  • My New Diabetes Articles for HealthCentral:

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

    The Trouble with Fiber
    Some people say that we don't need to count the amount of fiber that we eat. They say that fiber has no effect on our blood glucose level. But it does, as the new test that my diabetes support group just performed shows.

    Testing Coumadin at Home
    Many people who have diabetes also have chronic atrial fibrillation, deep vein thrombosis, or a mechanical heart valve. They take Coumadin to keep their blood from coagulating too quickly but not quickly enough. Until now, this required regular visits to a lab. But now, you can check your level at home.

    Mind over Health
    We need a healthy body to have a healthy mind. But we also need a healthy mind to have a healthy body. It works both ways. Once we overcome the inherent inertia we can both. But it takes motivation.

    Walk More, Sit Less
    Getting up and walking just a few times a week makes a tremendous difference in our health. For people with diabetes getting up and out to walk is even more important than for other people. When I talked with one of the nation's experts on walking I was surprised at how flexible our walking schedule can be.
  • Fitness and Photograph for Fun:
  • Last month I published 11 more of my articles on staying fit by getting the activity we need. Photography is what does it for me:
    One of my favorite trails is just a couple of miles from where I live. While I am always looking for new trails to hike, I keep going back to South Boulder Creek for the wild beauty I find there.

    Goshawk Ridge
    I took a rare Saturday hike to another of my favorite trails, Goshawk Ridge. I generally avoid hiking on the weekend when the trails are more crowded. But not many people have discovered the great, new Goshawk Ridge Trail.

    Aspens Turn
    Between appointments near the start and at the end of the work day I had five hours to kill. But instead of killing time, I lived it by investing those precious hours back in nature. At the Caribou Ranch Open Space the aspens were turning.

    Golden Gate Canyon
    The aspens were past their peak at Golden Gate Canyon. But it was nevertheless a great hike in other beauty of nature.

    Lake Henry
    Lake Henry is "the crown jewel of Crowley County" for birding. Now I know why.

    Picket Wire Canyonlands
    The month's biggest expedition was to Purgatory. It was a pleasure, not a punishment.

    Family Visit to Boulder
    My sister, Liz, and my niece, Julie, visited me from their homes in southern California this month. Their visit gave me good reason to return to some of Boulder area's special places.

    Good Hygiene
    My trip to Hygiene was good for me. My little trip to the area around the town with the funny name gave me some good pictures.

  • New Flickr Site In addition to sharing my photo essays on my "Fitness and Photography for Fun" blog and linking them here, I am now sharing some of my favorites on Flickr. You can find the easiest way by clicking 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, November 30, 2011, at 7 p.m. CST, 8 p.m. EST, 6 p.m. MST, and 5 p.m. 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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