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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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Nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes. Now the FDA is cautioning them not to fall for nonprescription products making false promises. The agency has sent warning letters to the makers of about two dozen treatments being sold for blood sugar... (Read More)
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Q. I have been a type 2 diabetic for 13 years and thought that using cinnamon on a daily basis would result in a lower blood sugar reading. To date, cinnamon has had absolutely no effect on my condition. A.... (Read More)
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Q. My mother-in-law was hospitalized twice this winter for a weak heart. The hospital was very aggressive in treating her diabetes, although we repeatedly told them that she is better off with blood sugar a little higher than "normal." Then... (Read More)
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Episodes of low blood sugar may put an older person at risk for dementia. Researchers followed nearly 800 patients with diabetes. They were at least 70 years old at the start of the study, which lasted for 12 years. Those... (Read More)
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Over a decade ago we started hearing from readers that statins interfered with their ability to exercise. One elite athlete paid very careful attention to his ergometer reading. He used a sophisticated rowing machine that tracked his performance. It deteriorated... (Read More)
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Q. I tried taking cinnamon capsules so as not to waste them after my husband gave up on them. Overnight I felt like something was biting me when I went to sleep. It got worse and worse. Even during the... (Read More)
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Q. I have been using cinnamon in capsules to help keep my blood sugar in normal range. I always take one or two before a high-carb meal. I use a costly one called Cinnulin, which is water-extracted. I am not... (Read More)
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Green (unroasted) coffee extract seems to reduce swings in blood sugar in healthy people, and might offer some benefit to those at risk for type 2 diabetes. The research is still preliminary, though, since it included only 30 individuals who... (Read More)
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