David Mendosa

David Mendosa, Patient Expert

David Mendosa was a journalist who learned in 1994 that he had type 2 diabetes, which he wrote about exclusively. He died in May 2017 after a short illness unrelated to diabetes. He wrote thousands of diabetes articles, two books about it, created one of the first diabetes websites, and published a monthly newsletter, “Diabetes Update.” His very low-carbohydrate diet, A1C level of 5.3, and BMI of 19.8 kept his diabetes in remission without any drugs until his death.

The Glycemic Index Controversy

Credit: Thinkstock A study by scientists at Tufts University in the Boston area, published in 2016, challenged the usefulness of the glycemic index in showing how foods affect our blood glucose levels. But some of the leading researchers of the glyce...
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Eat and Drink Mindfully to Manage Your Diabetes and Weight

Most, if not all, the studies of mindful eating and drinking have focused on weight loss rather than on diabetes. But losing weight matters to almost everyone with type 2 diabetes because it is the first step in managing the disease. Eating and drink...
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Start Insulin Early, Gain Less Weight

Credit: Thinkstock Three out of every 10 people in this country who have type 2 diabetes inject insulin. But sadly, few people start on it. Many people with type 2 diabetes think that taking insulin is only for people with type 1 diabetes and for tho...
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How You Can Help the Man in Your Life With Diabetes

Credit: Thinkstock If you think that your husband should take better care of his diabetes, you might try to convince him into doing what you think would help. This convincing can quickly turn into what your husband might perceive as “nagging.” Naggin...
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Study Suggests Limiting Selenium to Avoid Diabetes Risk

Credit: Thinkstock If you follow some health recommendations on the internet and take selenium, a late 2016 study shows that you could be at an increased risk of developing diabetes. How much selenium do you need? While a little selenium in our diet ...
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