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Diabetes Update #195: Painless Diabetes Testing

October 1, 2014

By David Mendosa


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My New Diabetes Articles for HealthCentral:

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

A Diet for Managing the Most Common Condition of Diabetes
Almost everybody who has diabetes is overweight or obese. But a new randomized study shows how best to manage it.

Pros and Cons of Injectable Diabetes Drugs
Those of us who have diabetes can manage our blood sugar and our weight in two ways. Here are the pros and cons.

Diabetes Testing That Is Even More Gentle
Genteel’s painless lancing instrument may be even better now. Here’s how to get the upgrade.

Easy and Accurate Diabetes Monitoring at Home Is Available
Home devices to check our A1C levels are available. While the availability is spotty, they are less expensive than ever.


Fitness and Photograph for Fun:

Last month I published five more of my articles on staying fit by getting the activity we need. Photography gets me to hike, and hiking keeps me fit:

Meditating in Crestone
I went back to Crestone for my second meditation retreat there. I wanted only to have six days of silent meditation. But the beauty that I found there encouraged me to take some photographs too.

Barr Lake
The biggest surprise of the visit that Sharon and I made to Barr Lake State Park was to see three Chukars there. The Chukar partridge is an upland Eurasian bird in the pheasant family.

Broad-tailed Hummingbirds
A flock of migrating hummingbirds discovered the blue sage in Sanitas Valley. A friend of mine discovered them there and told me about them, and I was able to capture their flight.

Adams County Regional Park
Black-crowned Night Herons are some of our most beautiful birds. I was able to photograph both adults and juveniles at this park 28 miles from my home.

North Teller Lake
The lake was both birdy and sunny when I went there one morning. But the trip saved the best to last.


Recruiting Adults with Type 2 Diabetes:

"I am a clinical psychology doctoral candidate at the University of South Florida and my research interests are in the area of psychosocial factors and diabetes management," writes ​Cathy A. Bykowski. She continues:​

I am currently recruiting adults with type 2 diabetes who live in the United States to participate in my doctoral dissertation, which will offer a free 8 week internet-based program that will teach participants skills for stress and mood management. It is our hypothesis that the program will not only improve mood and reduce stress, but also result in better diabetes management. The stress and mood management program is something that has been benefitted many people in the past and there is previous research to suggest that decreasing stress also decreases A1c. This free offering of an effective and convenient program is a great opportunity for people living with diabetes. I hope you agree and can help me share information about this study with those that visit your website. I know that you do not share your email lists or place advertisements in your newsletters. However, if there is any way that you would consider it appropriate to mention the study to your readers/visitors, I would be very grateful. The study is completely voluntary and approved by the Institutional Review Board at the University of South Florida. The only thing that I gain from others’ participation is the potential to complete my Ph.D. I would be happy to share additional information about the study or discuss any ideas that you have regarding advertising. You can also learn more about the study at www.diabetesstressrelief.com. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you,

Cathy A. Bykowski, M.A.
Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student
Clinical Health Psychology &
Cardiovascular Psychophysiology
Department of Psychology
University of South Florida
4202 East Fowler Avenue, PCD 4118G
Tampa, FL 33620
cbykowsk@mail.usf.edu​


New Flickr Site

I keep added some of my favorites nature photographs on Flickr.com. In the past month I have added several more. You can find them 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 available free either on the Internet or by phone. You can click here to register http://www.diabetes911.net/askdrb/index.php.

Dr. Bernstein's next live webcast will be on Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 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.


Searching for My Articles
Whenever you want to find anything that I have written about diabetes -- whether on my website or on HealthCentral 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 HealthCentral, which is now a part of Remedy Health Media.

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.


Announcements

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Each month I describe and link my new Health Central articles here. But you can also use a blog reader to keep up with my articles more quickly. I use Bloglines, as I describe in my article, “Reading Health Blogs.

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