By: The People's Pharmacy March 19, 2015 4 Comments
    Beer and Licorice Diet Bad for Health

    Q. My husband's doctor says he's fine except for being borderline diabetic. My husband retired recently and is now in the house all day. He hardly eats during the day. He thinks he's too fat, though h…

    By: The People's Pharmacy March 19, 2015 6 Comments
    Do Januvia Side Effects Include Cancer of the Pa…

    Q. My wife is taking Januvia to control her blood sugar. Without Januvia her sugar level is 130 or more. With Januvia it is in the range of 110, which is close to normal. I heard an interview on the r…

    By: The People's Pharmacy March 19, 2015 2 Comments
    Vitamin D Level Matters for Diabetes Outcomes

    Vitamin D levels may have an important impact on the risk of vascular complications from diabetes. People with this metabolic disorder are more likely to have heart attacks, strokes and other cardiova…

    By: The People's Pharmacy March 16, 2015 15 Comments
    Drugs May Be Driving the Diabetes Epidemic

    Diabetes has become one of the world's most troubling diseases. The American Diabetes Association estimates that nearly 28 million Americans have type 2 diabetes. About 8 million have not been diagnos…

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 23, 2015 19 Comments
    Are Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Salt Really D…

    Doctors today pride themselves on practicing "evidence-based medicine." That means using the best scientific data derived from research to make recommendations for policy and treatment. When it comes …

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 19, 2015 1 Comments
    If You Need Just One Diet Rule, Here It Is

    People who find complicated dietary guidelines daunting can benefit by following just one. According to a new study, increasing fiber intake offers multiple health benefits. Investigators in Massachus…

    By: The People's Pharmacy November 13, 2014 2 Comments
    What Diet Is Best for Diabetes?

    Doctors have been debating the best diet for diabetes for years. In an effort to settle the argument, Australian scientists recruited more than 100 overweight adults with type 2 diabetes to participat…

    By: Terry Graedon September 3, 2014 0 Comments
    A Mediterranean Diet Lowers the Likelihood of Bl…

    An extensive review published in The Lancet found that diet makes a difference with respect to who develops diabetes. The studies included in the review demonstrated that following a Mediterranean die…

    By: Terry Graedon September 1, 2014 6 Comments
    Cinnamon Proved Powerful for Lowering Blood Suga…

    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 …

    By: Terry Graedon May 29, 2014 0 Comments
    Increasing Physical Activity Can Ward Off Type 2…

    Scientists have found a way to counteract the risk of diabetes in women who develop the disease during pregnancy. Although gestational diabetes often disappears after the baby is born, women who have …

    By: Terry Graedon May 8, 2014 1 Comments
    Incidence of Type 2 Diabetes Is Rising Rapidly A…

    The diabetes epidemic in children and adolescents is increasing at an unparalleled rate. Over the last eight years, the number of youngsters with type 2 diabetes has risen by 35%.┬áHispanic youth were…

    By: Terry Graedon February 6, 2014 2 Comments
    Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Control Do Not Pr…

    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 li…

    By: Terry Graedon January 9, 2014 0 Comments
    Mediterranean Diet Lowers the Likelihood of Deve…

    A randomized controlled trial of the Mediterranean diet from Spain indicates that such a diet can lower the likelihood of high-risk people developing diabetes. In the PrediMed study, people at risk fo…

    By: Terry Graedon January 2, 2014 0 Comments
    Take 2,000 More Steps a Day to Walk Away from Di…

    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, a…

    By: Terry Graedon October 14, 2013 23 Comments
    Daily Cinnamon Sprinkle Keeps Blood Sugar Down a…

    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 fou…

    By: Terry Graedon September 12, 2013 1 Comments
    Plant-Rich Diets Offer Protection from Type 2 Di…

    Diets rich in the plant compounds called flavonols appear to offer protection from type 2 diabetes. This study included nearly 3,000 volunteers from Framingham, Massachusetts. None of these adults had…

    By: Terry Graedon August 29, 2013 5 Comments
    Whole Fruit But Not Juice May Help Ward Off Type…

    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.…

    By: Terry Graedon June 27, 2013 2 Comments
    Lifestyle Changes Make Sense in Diabetes

    Long-term efforts to help people with type 2 diabetes lose weight and exercise more can improve their quality of life. But such lifestyle interventions may not reduce the risk for heart attacks or str…

    By: Terry Graedon June 27, 2013 1 Comments
    Exercise Trims Belly Fat in Diabetes

    A small study looked at the effect of exercise alone on people with type 2 diabetes. Dutch researchers recruited 12 middle-aged volunteers and offered them two endurance and two resistance training se…

    By: Terry Graedon June 20, 2013 13 Comments
    Red Meat and Blood Sugar Problems

    There's growing evidence that diet impacts the risk of developing diabetes. It would not be surprising to learn that sugary snacks or trans fats in foods like cookies or cupcakes could contribute to t…

    By: Terry Graedon June 20, 2013 4 Comments
    Sleep Deprivation Affects Insulin Sensitivity

    Researchers have long suspected that sleep deprivation may lead to metabolic disturbances, especially weight gain and disrupted blood sugar control. A new study confirms that people who don't sleep en…

    By: Terry Graedon June 3, 2013 5 Comments
    Will Vinegar Help Control Blood Sugar?

    Q. Is there any truth to the theory that taking 2 teaspoons of red wine vinegar at lunch and again at dinner reduces blood sugar? Do you have any suggestions for controlling blood sugar? My doctor say…

    By: Terry Graedon April 11, 2013 3 Comments
    Will Green Coffee Extract Control Blood Sugar?

    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, …

    By: Terry Graedon April 8, 2013 5 Comments
    Low Vitamin D Raises Diabetes Risk

    Q. My doctor just told me I am borderline diabetic with a blood sugar reading of 115. He also said my vitamin D levels were very low. He recommended 5,000 IUs of vitamin D3 daily for several months. T…

    By: Terry Graedon February 21, 2013 0 Comments
    Soda Consumption Correlates to Diabetes Risk

    Diet beverages were not any better than sugar-sweetened drinks in a large, long-term study from Europe, however. This research included more than 66,000 French women who were followed up for 14 years.…

    By: Terry Graedon February 21, 2013 3 Comments
    Diet and Diabetes Linked

    A diet full of processed foods is also associated with a higher risk of type 2 diabetes. A meta-analysis of 24 studies that included 125,000 adults found that those who ate the most low-fiber, easily …

    By: Terry Graedon February 14, 2013 1 Comments
    Mediterranean Diet Against Diabetes

    The Mediterranean diet may be one of the best approaches to healthy eating. Instead of vegetable oil full of omega-6 fatty acids, this dietary pattern relies more on monounsaturated fatty acids found …

    By: Joe Graedon December 20, 2012 2 Comments
    Walking Reduces Blood Sugar Spike

    Blood sugar rises after meals, whether you have diabetes or not. A new study shows, however, that walking after eating can have a significant effect on moderating blood sugar rise. Researchers recruit…

    By: Joe Graedon December 13, 2012 4 Comments
    Vision Problems More Prevalent

    Americans don't see as well as they used to. That's the conclusion from a survey of thousands of adults. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey collected data on more than 9,000 people b…

    By: Joe Graedon November 29, 2012 4 Comments
    Is High-Fructose Corn Syrup Linked to Diabetes?

    High-fructose corn syrup has come in for criticism, though not everyone agrees that it is a health hazard. A new analysis in the journal Global Health shows that rates of type 2 diabetes are higher in…

    By: Joe Graedon November 22, 2012 2 Comments
    Vitamin D May Protect Against Type 1 Diabetes

    Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, have found that low levels of vitamin D in the bloodstream are linked to a higher risk of developing insulin-dependent type 1 diabetes. The rese…

    By: Joe Graedon November 22, 2012 5 Comments
    Diabetes on the Rise

    Diabetes is spreading around the world. Experts used to believe that so-called late-onset or type 2 diabetes was mostly a disease of obesity found primarily in industrialized countries. But new data r…

    By: Joe Graedon November 15, 2012 3 Comments
    Tea Drinkers at Lower Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

    Drinking black tea may lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a study of people in 50 countries. Type 2 diabetes has been increasing rapidly around the world and is a serious conce…

    By: Terry Graedon September 3, 2012 9 Comments
    Cinnamon Improved Blood Sugar Control

    Q. I honestly hate the taste of cinnamon, although my husband loves it in cookies, cakes or anything else. I am 53 and was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes almost four years ago. My doctor has me on met…

    By: Terry Graedon June 21, 2012 0 Comments
    Preventing Diabetes

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 80 million Americans are at risk for developing diabetes. Blood sugar and other metabolic measures are elevated in this population. …

    By: Terry Graedon June 14, 2012 2 Comments
    Selenium Lowers Diabetes Risk

    Harvard researchers have been tracking health professionals for decades. Women in the Nurses Health Study and men in the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study answer detailed questionnaires about their…

    By: Terry Graedon May 3, 2012 2 Comments
    Treating Diabetes in Kids Is Difficult

    Type 2 diabetes used to be called adult-onset diabetes, but it is increasingly common in children and teens. There's relatively little information available to guide doctors in treating them. New rese…

    By: Terry Graedon April 12, 2012 3 Comments
    Keeping Blood Sugar Super-Low Not Always Best

    Doctors may have to rethink their recommendations for diabetes control in heart failure patients. Normally, people with diabetes are urged to keep their blood sugar as close to the normal range as pos…

    By: Terry Graedon April 9, 2012 3 Comments
    Will Nopal Cactus Control Blood Sugar?

    Q. I have type 2 diabetes and heard that if you drink nopal cactus tea it can help control blood sugar. Where can I get the fresh cactus pads or ready made tea? A. You will need to be in close communi…

    By: Terry Graedon March 29, 2012 0 Comments
    Weight Loss Surgery for Diabetes

    Another approach to controlling type 2 diabetes involves bariatric surgery. In two studies of severely obese diabetic patients, weight loss surgery worked much better than medication to control blood …