We are sad to report that David Mendosa, one of the world’s most cherished diabetes writers has passed away.
David, from the US, had been a leading light in the diabetes community. His honest, clear, compassionate and matter of fact way of writing helped many people connect with their diabetes and made the condition seem easier to manage.
He was diagnosed with an untreatable form of cancer aged 81. He said: “I am glad to be able to write that this type of cancer is not one of the many complications of diabetes.”
David was always thinking about his readers and others to the last and has made plans to ensure his website is maintained and available to be a continued source of wisdom.
Diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 1994, David took to writing about the condition – tackling diet, treatment, complications, dealing with diabetes psychologically and avoiding scams. He has left over 20 years of very well-researched deliberations, and his articles have helped people around the world.
David recognised that different people manage diabetes in different ways and was happy to share his own approach with others.
He was also a relatively early adopter of the low-carb lifestyle. In 2007, he had initial scepticism about increasing fat intake, but having researched the topic he steadily found no good reason to fear dietary fat.
By 2008, David had managed to come off his diabetes cholesterol medications through a combination of sensible low-carb eating and regular exercise.
When he wasn’t writing about diabetes David’s other passions included photography, hiking, wildlife and the great outdoors.
The Diabetes Forum has been paying tribute to David Mendosa. Forum member Winnie53 stated: “David Mendosa changed the course of my life. I will be forever indebted to him.”

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