By: Joe Graedon May 9, 2016 7 Comments
    Is Cinnamon Dangerous for Your Mouth?

    Cinnamon has a reputation for controlling blood sugar. But there is a tremendous amount of confusion about the safety of this spice. For example, is cassia cinnamon (Chinese cinnamon) worse than Ceylo…

    By: The People's Pharmacy May 5, 2016 7 Comments
    How to Improve Your Health with Chocolate

    Could you improve your health with chocolate? Despite widespread skepticism that chocolate could have health benefits, researchers keep uncovering evidence that it may. Lower Risk of Type 2 Diabetes o…

    By: Terry Graedon April 21, 2016 6 Comments
    Could Your Diabetes Drug Prevent Death from Canc…

    One of the most popular medications for type 2 diabetes, metformin, may reduce the likelihood of death from cancer. What Is Metformin? Metformin (Fortamet, Glucophage, Glumetza, Riomet) was original…

    By: Terry Graedon April 21, 2016 1 Comments
    How to Protect Your Heart If You Have Diabetes

    People with diabetes are at high risk of heart disease, which is a major complication of this metabolic disorder. The common diabetes drug metformin (Fortamet, Glucophage, Glumetza, Riomet) appears to…

    By: Terry Graedon April 21, 2016 6 Comments
    How to Reduce the Risk of Diabetes with Full-Fat…

    For decades people have been encouraged to consume low-fat dairy products. Policy makers have discouraged Americans from drinking whole milk, and low-fat yogurt and skim milk have been big sellers in …

    By: Terry Graedon April 17, 2016 6 Comments
    Can Cinnamon Capsules Help Fight Diabetes?

    Many people would love to find a natural way to control their blood sugar and overcome diabetes. While we don't advocate ignoring the doctor's advice, one reader has found that changing her diet and a…

    By: Joe Graedon March 31, 2016 2 Comments
    What Do You Need to Know About Actos and Bladder…

    Diabetes drugs are big business because so many people need help controlling their blood sugar. But one popular drug has come under fire. What's the latest update on Actos and bladder cancer? The diab…

    By: Joe Graedon March 21, 2016 7 Comments
    How Dangerous Are High Vitamin B12 Levels?

    Q. My husband takes metformin and some other medications as well as supplements. His last blood work showed high levels of Vitamin B12 (more than 2000 pg/ml), which is disconcerting. Is this harmful, …

    By: Terry Graedon March 10, 2016 5 Comments
    What Are the Best Treatments for Type 2 Diabetes…

    What are the best treatments for older adults diagnosed with type 2 diabetes? Lowering Blood Sugar-How Much Is Enough? For years, physicians have had to rely on evidence from clinical trials of drugs …

    By: Terry Graedon March 3, 2016 7 Comments
    Will Potatoes Every Day Lead to Diabetes?

    Are there any dangers to indulging in potatoes? A new study suggests moderation is wise. Harvard researchers have been following health professionals and their eating habits for years. Over 150,000 wo…

    By: Terry Graedon January 21, 2016 1 Comments
    Insulin Sensitivity Restored by Catching Up on L…

    Sleep loss over a period of months can make a person more susceptible to serious health conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes. If you use the weekends for catching up on lost sleep, howev…

    By: Terry Graedon January 11, 2016 2 Comments
    Metformin Led to Vitamin B12 Loss and Excruciati…

    Metformin is a first-line treatment for type 2 diabetes, along with regular activity and a healthful diet low in processed foods. While metformin can be extremely helpful in controlling blood sugar an…

    By: Joe Graedon January 4, 2016 7 Comments
    Atorvastatin Lowers Cholesterol but Raises Blood…

    As many as 40 million people may be taking statin-type cholesterol-lowering drugs daily in the U.S. Although medications like atorvastatin, lovastatin, simvastatin, pravastatin, and rosuvastatin can b…

    By: Terry Graedon December 3, 2015 29 Comments
    Patients Want Doctors to Look at Them, Not the C…

    If you have seen a doctor in the last several years, the chances are good that he or she has entered your data into a computer during the visit. Electronic health records have become ubiquitous in hea…

    By: Terry Graedon November 30, 2015 11 Comments
    Aloe Vera Gel Lowered Fasting Blood Sugar

    People who want to control their blood sugar with natural products have quite a few to choose from. Keep in mind, though, that herbs and spices that can lower blood sugar might well interact with pr…

    By: Joe Graedon November 23, 2015 17 Comments
    Doctors Despise EDTA Chelation But Science Suppo…

    Q. Are you familiar with EDTA (ethylene diamine tetra acetic acid)? My newspaper has a large ad today on this for artery cleaning. It sounds too good to be true...and I know the rest of that sentence.…

    By: Joe Graedon November 16, 2015 12 Comments
    What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About the Stat…

    Q. What is the relationship between long-term statin use (specifically atorvastatin) and adult-onset type 2 diabetes? Lipitor was prescribed for me in 1998 and has successfully lowered my cholesterol.…

    By: Terry Graedon November 9, 2015 16 Comments
    Should You Fire Your Doctor?

    How do you know if the doctor you are seeing is right for you? Checking to make sure that there are actually papers hanging on the wall stating that the practitioner graduated from medical school and…

    By: Joe Graedon October 1, 2015 1 Comments
    Diet and Exercise Prevent Diabetes as Well as Me…

    Is There a Way to Prevent Diabetes? Fifteen years ago, a study called the Diabetes Prevention Program showed that diet and exercise work as well to prevent diabetes among high-risk individuals as taki…

    By: Joe Graedon October 1, 2015 0 Comments
    People with Diabetes Who Skip Breakfast Have Blo…

    Perhaps you have heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but find you don't have time or appetite for it. Or maybe you have been paying attention to the controversy among nutrition…

    By: Joe Graedon September 28, 2015 3 Comments
    Berberine Lowers Blood Sugar AND Cholesterol

    Q. I have looked into berberine and think it may be a winner. Have you researched it? I am taking it for pre-diabetes and my wife is considering it for lowering cholesterol. Some studies I found equat…

    By: Joe Graedon September 10, 2015 9 Comments
    A Third of Those with Diabetes Don’t Know …

    A new analysis of blood sugar shows that diabetes is becoming ever more common among Americans. How Many Americans Have Diabetes? The study published in JAMA this week reveals that as many as 14 perce…

    By: Joe Graedon September 10, 2015 1 Comments
    HIIT Undid Heart Damage from Diabetes

    A small study from England shows that people with diabetes can reverse some of the heart complications of the disease with a special approach to exercise called HIIT. HIIT (High-Intensity Intermittent…

    By: Joe Graedon September 7, 2015 12 Comments
    Are You Afraid of Saturated Fat? Studies Say Not…

    How many studies will it take before doctors and nutrition experts change their minds about saturated fat? For the last 50 years, Americans have been told that eating sat fat was the quickest way to h…

    By: Joe Graedon September 7, 2015 3 Comments
    Metformin Reduces Vitamin B12 Absorption

    What happens when a medication interferes with the usual absorption of a nutrient? This problem might be more common than you imagine. Many vitamins and minerals require an acidic environment before t…

    By: Joe Graedon September 3, 2015 0 Comments
    Diabetes Drugs Trigger Severe Joint Pain

    The FDA has just issued a warning about a serious complication of certain popular diabetes drugs. Gliptins, known as DPP-4 inhibitors, include medications like Januvia and Onglyza. Januvia was approve…

    By: Joe Graedon August 28, 2015 19 Comments
    New FDA Warning About Januvia Joint Pain Side Ef…

    On August 28, 2015, the FDA issued the following caution: "The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning that the type 2 diabetes medicines sitagliptin, saxagliptin, linagliptin, and aloglipt…

    By: Joe Graedon August 23, 2015 10 Comments
    Low-Carb Diet Helps People with Diabetes

    Every so often a medical professional takes us to task for leaving something important out of an answer we have given a reader. Rarely are we chastised for overlooking or failing to mention a simple …

    By: Joe Graedon August 10, 2015 7 Comments
    Are Your Drugs Secretly Causing Your Diabetes?

    Q. My husband is really struggling with high blood sugar. I suspect some of his medications may be causing it to stay up. We are on a fixed income and his diabetes drugs are terribly expensive. We are…

    By: Joe Graedon July 30, 2015 2 Comments
    Skipping Breakfast Destabilizes Blood Sugar

    People with type 2 diabetes have to be very thoughtful about what and when they eat. That's because food has a profound impact on blood sugar levels. A new study suggests that skipping breakfast could…

    By: Joe Graedon July 23, 2015 5 Comments
    Coffee Lovers Are at Lower Risk for Diabetes

    Don't feel guilty about enjoying a couple of cups of coffee each day. A Greek study has just confirmed what previous research has suggested: coffee lovers are at reduced risk for type 2 diabetes. Epid…

    By: Joe Graedon June 25, 2015 2 Comments
    For Better Blood Sugar Control, Eat Carbs Last

    Eating your bread at the start of your meal could be a mistake, especially if you have diabetes. That's the conclusion of a small metabolic study carried out at the Comprehensive Weight Control Center…

    By: Joe Graedon June 15, 2015 3 Comments
    Cataracts and Diabetes Could Be Complications of…

    It can be extremely frustrating to discover that a medication you have been taking conscientiously to prevent illness has resulted in a new health problem. Unfortunately, this has been the experience …

    By: Joe Graedon May 21, 2015 14 Comments
    Cinnamon Plus Statins Could Be Extremely Harmful…

    A Trip to the ER A woman showed up in the emergency department at the Providence Hospital and Medical Center in Southfield, Michigan "complaining of abdominal pain associated with vomiting and diarrhe…

    By: Joe Graedon May 11, 2015 3 Comments
    Diabetes Drug Actos and Billion-Dollar Settlemen…

    People with type 2 diabetes may not need insulin to control their blood sugar, but they often need some medicine. Unfortunately, despite a proliferation of medications designed to help people with thi…

    By: Joe Graedon May 7, 2015 9 Comments
    Bitter Melon Lowers Blood Sugar

    Type 2 diabetes is usually treated with medications, but the risk/benefit ratio of the newer ones may be dubious (as we wrote here and here). That's especially the case when the expense is factored …

    By: Joe Graedon May 7, 2015 1 Comments
    With Diabetes, Slightly Overweight People Do Bet…

    People with type 2 diabetes are often exhorted to lose the extra pounds they may be carrying around. But a new study shows that a little extra weight is linked to a lower risk of premature death in pe…

    By: Joe Graedon May 7, 2015 5 Comments
    Drug That Could Prevent Diabetes May Be Underpre…

    Doctors worry about people whose blood sugar is elevated but not yet high enough to warrant a diagnosis of full blown diabetes. Such individuals are said to have prediabetes. Staving Off Diabetes Wh…

    By: Joe Graedon May 7, 2015 3 Comments
    Egg Lovers Have Lower Likelihood of Diabetes

    For years people have been warned about the dangers of eating eggs. Doctors worried that eggs would raise cholesterol and boost the risk for type 2 diabetes. What the Study Shows Now a study of more t…

    By: Joe Graedon May 4, 2015 2 Comments
    Statins Raise the Risk of Developing Diabetes

    Statin drugs to lower cholesterol are prescribed very widely and are generally seen as well tolerated. Although many people, especially younger individuals, seem to do well with low doses of statins, …