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People at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes can change their fate by altering their diet and exercise patterns. The current research included 568 Chinese people who were followed up for more than two decades. At the outset, the... (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. I work in the pharmaceutical industry and find your articles on statin side effects scare people unnecessarily. You fail to mention the benefits of lowering cholesterol. Patient stories do not qualify as evidence. A. Your perspective is echoed by... (Read More)
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Type 2 diabetes increases the chance than an older person will encounter cognitive difficulties. Researchers had hoped that lowering blood pressure and cholesterol in such patients would reduce the likelihood of mental decline. The goal of the ACCORD trial was... (Read More)
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Q. My husband takes Coumadin (warfarin) for atrial fibrillation. We recently began taking a mixture of honey and cinnamon. Does cinnamon interact with Coumadin? He also has hypertension and takes medication for that. Does he need to discuss this with... (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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Q. I recently started vitamin B12 injections. I had gone to my doctor with numbness and tingling in my hands and feet, fatigue and memory changes. He gave me extensive neuropsychiatric testing and did lab work. The results showed a... (Read More)
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People with slightly elevated levels of fasting blood sugar are categorized as pre-diabetic. That means they have the early signs of impaired glucose tolerance. They can reverse this trend, however, and lower their risk of heart attacks or strokes by... (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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EDTA chelation therapy has been available since the 1950s. When EthyleneDiamineTetraacetic Acid is injected intravenously, it circulates through the bloodstream and binds to or chelates metal ions pulled from tissues so they can be flushed from the body. Physicians use... (Read More)
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Warning: prepare for whiplash! We know that for the last 50 years you have heard a constant drum beat from public health officials, cardiologists, nutritionists and most other health professionals to lower your salt intake! It is hard to wrap... (Read More)
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Q. My husband is convinced that eggs are bad for his heart. Even though he loves them, he pretty much avoids them except on very special occasions (such as holidays with family visiting). His typical breakfast is cereal (usually corn... (Read More)
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Studies show that new-generation diabetes drugs don't seem to increase a patient's risk for having a heart attack. That's the good news. Sadly, though, they don't reduce this risk either. Cardiovascular complications are common with diabetes and investigators had hoped... (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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Eating fruit but avoiding fruit juice may help people reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Epidemiologists analyzed data from three large cohort studies involving more than 180,000 people. Detailed dietary questionnaires were collected on a regular basis over... (Read More)
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Metformin is the drug of choice for treating type 2 diabetes. This medication was first approved by the FDA in 1994, even though it had been used in Europe since the 1950s. A new study shows that metformin has an... (Read More)
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People with diabetes are at greater risk of chronic kidney disease. A new study shows, however, that a healthful diet can cut that risk significantly. The 6,213 participants in the six-year-long trial all had type 2 diabetes, but none had... (Read More)
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