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Diabetes Update: GlucoMON

September 1, 2004

By David Mendosa


Boulder, Colorado

Boulder, Colorado, Where I Moved Last Month

This newsletter keeps you up-to-date with new articles, Web pages, and books that I have written about diabetes.

  • I list and link most of these on my at Diabetes Directory and in the site’s menu.

  • From time to time Diabetes Update may also include links to other Web pages of special interest.

My recent contributions are:

  • GlucoMON
    It’s not often that I review products for people with diabetes. I just can’t get excited about many of them.

    But the GlucoMON is special. There is nothing like it for keeping in touch with the glucose readings on somebody else’s monitor. That somebody else is usually a child, but anyone who can check their blood can use this device.

    The GlucoMON is more like a cell phone than anything else. But the key, says founder and CEO Kevin McMahon, is not that it is wireless, but that it is automatic.

    The article originally appeared in the August 2004 issue of Diabetes Health and is reprinted with permission on my site at www.mendosa.com/glucomon.htm.

Book Reviews:

Diabetes: An Emotional Journey

A Most Unique Book

  • Diabetes: An Emotional Journey
    The book I am reviewing this month is so beautiful, so emotional, so different that I’m tempted to say that it’s very unique. It is certainly unique, one of a kind. Grammatically, nothing can be “very unique,” a phrase I never use, but Diabetes: An Emotional Journey comes close.

    This beautifully hand-bound and illustrated hardcover book is a labor of the love of a mother, Renea Jo Zosel, for her daughter, Elizabeth, now 7, who was diagnosed with diabetes at age 2. Part memoir, part poetry, part letters to her daughter, this book is all about the emotional roller coaster that having a child with diabetes is.

    At $24.95 the book is not cheap, but neither is diabetes. Anyway, the author will donate a portion from the sale of each book to organizations dedicated to curing childhood diseases. The book is available from Amazon.com or directly from the publisher, Zay Publishing Company.

The Low GI Diet

Lose Weight with Smart Carbs

  • The Low GI Diet
    This month the Australian publisher Hodder will bring out what promises to be the most important book dieting book yet. While not about diabetes per se, dieting is a major concern of about 80 percent of us.

    The lead author is nutrition Professor Jennie-Brand Miller of Australia’s University of Sydney. Jennie, with whom I have worked closely for the past decade, is the world’s leading expert on the glycemic index.

    Her latest book, The Low GI Diet: Lose Weight with Smart Carbs, is the 14th in the New Glucose Revolution series. Jennie and I co-authored one of these last year, What Makes My Blood Glucose Go Up…And Down? Marlowe & Co. in New York (and Hodder in Australia) published it for $9.95. Amazon lists the U.S. edition.

    I just got a copy of the new book and haven’t had a chance to read through it carefully. But even at first glance I’m clear that it will work for us if anything does.

    The diet is a complete lifestyle program centered on a 12-week Action Plan. It gives you all the information you need to start losing body fat. It is easy to follow and full of tips on how to prevent gaining that weight back.

    The first part I turned to was at the back, Part 5, “The GI Table.” It is an extended and reorganized version of the “Revised International Table of Glycemic Index (GI) and Glycemic Load (GL) Values,” originally published in the July 2002 issue of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and reproduced with Jennie’s authorization on my site. This new version, which presents the foods in alphabetical order and adds those that are very low GI because they have no carbohydrates, is much easier to use. The new list includes comments on whether the particular food is acceptable or not.

    Hodder will publish this 353-page soft cover book in Australia and New Zealand for the recommended retail price of AUS$34.95 (about $24.72 in USD). While it’s definitely worth the money, for two or three reasons I recommend that Americans wait.

    The first is that people at Marlowe & Company in New York, which has published the other New Glucose Revolution books, tell me that they are bringing out an American edition in January. Having edited one of the books in this series, I know that there are myriad differences between our terminology and the foods we eat and those Down Under.

    Secondly, the Marlowe edition will have a lower price. They expect that it will list for $15.95.

    You can also count on Marlowe using a more attractive cover. Maybe Australians go for hot pink on sand, but it just won’t sell here.

Announcements:

  • Why This Issue is So Short
    The reason why this issue of Diabetes Update has so few items is that I have been all too busy moving. While I would rather be working on this newsletter than unpacking boxes, that is part of the price I had to pay to move from Aptos, California, to Boulder, Colorado, where we are 25 miles north of Denver.

    I have, of course, lots of little issues to deal with and they are keeping my days far too busy. Still I am making time to take a walk almost every morning, something that I didn’t do so regularly in Aptos. This city has a huge network of wonderful walking trails, and I am determined to explore all of them eventually.

    The move is a good time for all sorts of changes in my live, not just changing my name to David. I am in love with Boulder and think I will be much healthier and happier here than in Aptos.

    So I am slowly unpacking and getting back to normal. That’s why this issue of the newsletter is shorter than normal.

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Archives:

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
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