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Q. I have diabetes. I started eating cinnamon on my breakfast cereal and my fasting glucose numbers dropped significantly. That's the only thing I was doing differently. My HbA1c reading dropped from 6.2 to 5.5, putting me back in non-diabetic... (Read More)
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One of the most contentious topics in health care today revolves around diet. Should it be low fat or low carb? This question is especially pressing for people with diabetes. That's because the food they eat has an immediate impact... (Read More)
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Mindfulness meditation and deep breathing exercises don't sound like something that would appeal to veterans, but a new study suggests that these techniques can help people with diabetes control their blood sugar. A pilot study at the Pittsburgh Veterans Affairs... (Read More)
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Q. My sweetheart developed type 2 diabetes a few years ago after decades of being overweight. Metformin caused severe diarrhea and other drugs the doctor tried were very expensive and caused nausea. In desperation, she started exercising every day and... (Read More)
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Millions of people in the US have prediabetes, a condition in which blood sugar levels run higher than normal though they are not so high as in diabetes. Researchers are interested in ways to keep prediabetes from progressing to outright... (Read More)
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A new device that has been called a bionic pancreas has researchers excited about potential benefits for people with type 1 diabetes. In this condition the immune system attacks the pancreas, which becomes unable to produce insulin in response to... (Read More)
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The CDC has announced worrisome statistics regarding diabetes. In 2012, 9 percent of American adults had the disease, which increases the risk of cardiovascular complications such as kidney failure, stroke or heart disease and premature death. An estimated 29 million... (Read More)
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Scientists have a new scapegoat in the search for the drivers of the obesity epidemic. A study conducted among more than 9,000 Spanish university students for five years found a link between eating white bread and the risk of adding... (Read More)
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Q. Ever since I went on a low carb diet in 1964 (before Atkins) I have used only whole milk. When the government began advocating a low-fat diet, Americans became obese, because when you remove the fat from a product... (Read More)
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Q. After my doctor prescribed the diuretic Lasix to keep fluid levels under control, I developed ringing in the ears, high uric acid levels and prediabetes. No one warned me about such side effects. Now that I have type 2... (Read More)
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Q. My husband takes any medicine his doctor prescribes and never complains. After starting on simvastatin he developed leg pain that keeps him from our daily walks. His blood sugar is now out of control. Why would a doctor prescribe... (Read More)
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Many doctors are skeptical about a condition called reactive or "functional" hypoglycemia (low blood sugar a few hours after eating a high-carb meal). Perhaps that is because there were several popular books on this topic in the 1970s. Some physicians... (Read More)
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For years, middle-aged and older men have been urged to embrace tomatoes in their diets for protection against prostate cancer. A new study suggests that tomatoes may also help in protecting postmenopausal women from breast cancer. In the study, 70... (Read More)
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A drug used to treat type 2 diabetes has vastly different effects on the hearts of men and women. Investigators used positron emission tomography (PET scans) to measure blood flow and oxygen consumption in the heart. The patients were randomly... (Read More)
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Excess weight increases the risk of heart disease even in people who seem otherwise healthy. For years, scientists have been debating whether people who are fat but fit can escape the health problems associated with obesity. A new analysis of... (Read More)
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Q. I almost blacked out some years ago while driving with my two young daughters. I had drunk a glass of orange juice with a vegetarian Thanksgiving meal. The only way I could find to stay conscious long enough to... (Read More)
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There is growing evidence that the diabetes drug metformin can help fight cancer, including colon, breast and prostate cancer. The latest study suggests that the drug makes non-small cell lung cancer cells more susceptible to radiation treatment. Scientists at the... (Read More)
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Q. I have been using Saigon cinnamon for about two months as a supplement to my diet and medication for diabetes. I put it in coffee, cereal or oatmeal (at least one of these each morning). I have found that... (Read More)
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Q. I have high blood sugar. Is agave nectar a good choice for sweetening my five cups of tea a day? (It says it is low glycemic index.) If not, what would you recommend? I love my hot, sweet, milky... (Read More)
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Q. I have been on Crestor. It lowered my cholesterol very well, but my blood sugar went out of control. My HbA1c [a measure of blood sugar over time] went from 6.8 to 7.3 in just a short while. My... (Read More)
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