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Diabetes Update 94: Navigating

May 1, 2006

By David Mendosa


My most recent articles are:

Snowmass Creek

Snowmass Creek

  • Will Abbott Navigate With the Aviator?
    This article is about the pairing of Abbott’s forthcoming continuous sensor  — the Navigator  — and its proposed insulin pump  — the Aviator. My article originally appeared in the April 2006 issue of Diabetes Health and is now also online here.

  • The JDRF Artificial Pancreas Project
    The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International has committed up to $6.5 million to fund research leading to an artificial pancreas system. My article originally appeared in the May 2006 issue of Diabetes Health and is now also online here.

  • Why Patients and Doctors are Struggling with Meter Reimbursement.
    We are all struggling because nobody can keep track of all the different blood glucose meters and the complexity of health insurance.

  • My Diabetes Blog
    My new blog entries for April are:
    • DexCom STS Approved and Available. Now, people anywhere in the U.S. can buy and use a continuous blood glucose sensor. The FDA approved it and DexCom is selling its short-term sensor. It will make a great deal of difference for people with diabetes who can afford it.

    • Farmers Markets. About 4,000 farmers markets around the country provide locally grown vegetables, fruits, flowers, plants, and gourmet cheeses and wines sold by the farmers who produce them. This fresh food is the best way for people with diabetes to get the highest quality food so we can reduce the quantity of what we eat.

    • Insulin Pen Reimbursement. Reusable pens make more sense for the economy than disposable ones. But not for you.

    • Glucose Tabs. The best strategy to stave off hypos is to take three or four glucose tabs. Certainly, not orange juice or the others commonly recommended foods.

    • The Byetta Mystery. It is a mystery why many people lose weight on Byetta, but some don’t. Maybe Dr. Martin Beinborn discovered the answer: it might be in our genes.

    • True Lemonade. Lemonade is both the healthiest and tastiest drink I know. The only problem is deciding which is the best brand.

    • Hiking for Diabetes . Hiking is invigorating, relaxing, and fun. It’s also one of the best ways to control diabetes.

Updates:

  • Cinnamon
    The leading researchers on the use of cinnamon for reducing blood glucose presented two studies on April 4 at Experimental Biology 2006 in San Francisco. I summarize and link them here.

  • Glucomon
    The company that makes the GlucoMON, Diabetech, is actively recruiting people with diabetes to participate in a large nationwide study using the device and real-time alerts. There’s more here.
GL Diet

GL Diet

Book Review:
  • This is an infuriating book.

    What is most infuriating about this book is that while the conclusion may be sound, the details leading up to it are not. What Dr. Thompson advocates is essentially a low-starch diet.

    His basic message is to eliminate essentially all wheat, potatoes, and rice from our diet. These starchy foods are toxic and poison, he says. He equates these with refined foods, somewhat of a simplification, since the highest glycemic of these foods, baked potatoes, are certainly not refined.

    Dr. Thompson does make a good case to eliminate wheat, potatoes, and rice. It would be a much better case, however, if he would simply substantiate his conclusions. He fails, however, to document them, making this a much less scientific book than you would expect from someone with the initials “M.D.” after his name.

    He also seems to want to reinvent the wheel. His table of glycemic load values on pages 46-47 and elsewhere are values that I have never seen elsewhere. They are far from the values established by scientific researchers, including those that I publish at http://www.mendosa.com/gilists.htm.

    He also has good advice to eliminate sugar-sweetened soft drinks and to exercise at least every other day. But we already knew that. In fact, there isn’t anything that I can think of here that we haven’t read before put much more persuasively by experts. And Dr. Thompson is certainly no expert. The M.D. after his name isn’t relevant, because he is a cardiologist, not a diabetes specialist, except that he has diabetes himself.

    The Glycemic Load Diet by Rob Thompson, M.D. appeared in April 2006. The publisher, McGraw-Hill, lists this 225-page paperback for $16.95. The ISBN is 0-07-146269-4.

Announcements:

  • This Newsletter
    Diabetes Update 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 at the upper left of all my Web pages.

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

  • HTML Format
    I send out Diabetes Update e-mail in HTML format, which all Web browsers and most modern e-mail programs can display. HTML has live links to all the sites named in the text so that with a simple click of a mouse you can connect to the site you have just been reading about.

  • My Guarantee
    This newsletter:
    1. Is and will remain free.
    2. Will never include advertising (except targeted Google ads at the bottom of the web page and not in the email newsletter).
    3. Nor will I ever sell, rent, or trade your e-mail address to anyone.
    4. I will link sources of information.
    5. I will disclose any conflict of interest.
    6. If and when I learn of any errors of fact, I will correct them.

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
  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
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