This blog tracks updates to the Blood Sugar 101 Web site.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Updated "Net Carbs" and Other Marketing Tricks Page on Low Carb Site

Page Changed: Marketing Tricks: Net Carbs, Sugar Alcohols, Tricky Portion Sizes

Updated and corrected this page to add information about hidden carb calculators, portion sizes and Dreamfields pasta.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Information about Benfotiame updated

Page changed: Supplements that Work.

Added references to research supporting the usefulness of Benfotiamine (a form of Vitamin B1) in countering neuropathies and neuropathic pain.

Split "Supplements for Diabetes" into Two Pages

Page Changed: Supplements for Diabetes. Renamed: Bad or Questionable Supplements

Page Added: Supplements that Work

I split the original supplement page into two, to make it easier to find the few supplements whose efficacy is supported by peer reviewed research and reports of reliable people with diabetes.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Incidence of Diabetes Correlates Strongly with PCB and Pesticide Concentration in Blood Serum

Page Changed "You Did Not Eat Your Way to Diabetes"

Added reference to study of Mohawks in NY State showing four fold heightening of diabetes incidence with high serum levels of PCBs or Pesticides. Thanks to Prairie Mary for flagging this extremely important study which has huge implications for all of us. PCBs and pesticide residues are found in the blood streams of people of all ethnic heritages and are probably a major reason behind the so-called "diabetes epidemic".

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

ALA may cause Autoimmune Attack in People with Specific Gene

Page Changed: Supplements for Diabetes

Added reference to study suggesting that for people with a specific gene that causes autoimmune diabetes ALA may provoke autoimmune attack.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Page Changed: A1c and High Post-Meal Blood Sugars Predict Heart Attack

Added reference to new study published in Journal of Clinical Endocrinlogy linking the growth of carotid artery thickness over 5 years to post-meal blood sugar peaks.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Minor changes to "Am I diabetic" page on how to test blood sugar

Page changed: Am I diabetic?

Adjusted the definitions of normal and impaired blood sugar to better match recent findings about normal blood sugar.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Zetia/Vytorin Increases Plaque as it Lowers Cholesterol

Page changed: Dangerous Drugs for People with Diabetes

Added today's NYTimes report of the results of the long-suppressed Vytorin trial that showed that while the drug lowered cholesterol, it also increased the speed with which plaque clogged arteries.

This is another nail in the coffin of the idea that lowering LDL cholesterol prevents heart disease.

Now that we know that it promotes heart disease, no person with diabetes should be taking this drug!

And now we know even more the lengths to which drug companies will go to suppress data showing that their drugs harm people. Merck and Schering-Plough, makers of this dangerous drug, have been sitting on this data for at least six months while they kept promoting Vytorin--a big moneymaker--knowing all the time that it harms people.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Calculate your Protein Need on A Low Carb Diet Automatically

Page Added: Calculate Your Protein Need

Added a calculator to determine protein need depending on weight, daily carbohydrate intake and length of time on a low carb diet using formulas derived from from Lyle MacDonald's Ketogenic Diet book.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Link added to New UK Online Diabetes Support Forum

Page Changed:

Added link to Diabetes Support Forum UK a new moderated discussion forum geared towards the unique needs of the UK diabetes community.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

New URL and New Name: Blood Sugar 101!

"What They Don't tell You About Diabetes" now has its very own URL and a new name: BLOOD SUGAR 101. You can now get it via

The old URL still works.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Added New Page on Low Carb Diet Safety to the Low Carb Site

Page Added: Is Your Low Carb Diet Safe?

This page contains the same content as the 1/3/2008 blog post on my Diabetes Update Blog.

All content comes from tips shared in postings by successful dieters who participated in discussions on from 1998-2004.