By: The People's Pharmacy May 21, 2015 10 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: The People's Pharmacy 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: The People's Pharmacy 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: The People's Pharmacy 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: The People's Pharmacy May 7, 2015 3 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: The People's Pharmacy 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: The People's Pharmacy 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, …

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 30, 2015 4 Comments
    Do Diabetes Drugs Help or Hurt the Heart?

    New drugs for type 2 diabetes have become extremely popular in recent years. One, Januvia, earned more than $4 billion last year. But questions have been raised about whether drugs like Januvia, Ongly…

    By: Joe Graedon April 20, 2015 34 Comments
    New Statin Study Confirms Scary Link to Diabetes

    Statin-type cholesterol-lowering drugs like atorvastatin, lovastatin and simvastatin are supposed to prevent heart attacks and strokes. New research from Finland suggests that such drugs may increase …

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 16, 2015 6 Comments
    Diabetes Drug Dust-Up Reveals FDA Deficiencies

    A week ago the FDA put out a report that "suggested significant or near-significant increases in all-cause mortality" associated with the diabetes drug Onglyza (saxagliptin). In other words, more pat…

    By: The People's Pharmacy March 19, 2015 5 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 20 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 December 22, 2014 2 Comments
    Fenugreek Helped Burning Feet

    Q. My mother had been bothered with burning feet for some time, and we had not found a solution till recently. We suspected that the burning was related to her type 2 diabetes and I'd read somewhere t…

    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%. Hispanic 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: Joe Graedon August 1, 2013 238 Comments
    Lyrica Side Effects & Withdrawal are Worris…

    Have you seen the ad blitz for Lyrica (pregabalin)? A LOT of money is being spent trying to convince the American public that Lyrica is the answer to diabetic nerve pain. One of the most compelling co…

    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…