By: Terry Graedon July 23, 2018 20 Comments
    Rosuvastatin Linked to High Blood Sugar

    Statin medications are used to lower cholesterol because that is considered a pillar of lowering the risk for a heart attack. While people likely to suffer a heart attack generally welcome the protect…

    By: Terry Graedon July 5, 2018 6 Comments
    Will Diabetes Drug Metformin Also Help Your Lung…

    Metformin is a very old drug that is used to treat type 2 diabetes. It was developed from the French lilac plant, Galega officinalis. Healers in the 17th century used extracts from this plant to treat…

    By: Terry Graedon June 21, 2018 25 Comments
    Better Diet for Poor Americans Is Not a SNAP

    Poor diet may underly a wide range of undesirable health problems, from obesity to diabetes and heart disease. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) was designed to help very low-income…

    By: Terry Graedon June 14, 2018 2 Comments
    Make Sure Your Vegetarian Diet Is High Quality

    A vegetarian diet can be beneficial, but even vegetarians need to pay attention to the quality of the food they eat. Harvard researchers who have tracked the dietary habits and health of more than 125…

    By: Joe Graedon June 11, 2018 4 Comments
    Is There a Dark Side to the Diabetes Drug Jardia…

    If you watch television, there is a decent chance you have seen a Jardiance commercial. The manufacturer is promoting “Big News” about this diabetes drug. Towards the end of the TV spot, the inter…

    By: Joe Graedon June 4, 2018 11 Comments
    Statins and Diabetes | What Happens When Blood S…

    A few years ago three pillars of modern medicine recommended that virtually all adults with diabetes should take statin-type cholesterol-lowering drugs. This is what the American Diabetes Association …

    By: Terry Graedon May 21, 2018 35 Comments
    Is Cooked Oatmeal Better for You Than Instant Oa…

    Oats have been a dietary staple for many centuries, and they have a reputation as a healthy whole grain. Eating cooked oatmeal on a regular basis (daily or several times a week) can help control chole…

    By: Terry Graedon May 20, 2018 8 Comments
    Can You Improve Blood Sugar Control by Cutting C…

    A century ago, before insulin was discovered in 1921, the way people with diabetes controlled their blood sugar was by not eating carbohydrate-rich foods. Could cutting carbs help improve your blood s…

    By: Terry Graedon May 17, 2018 7 Comments
    What Is the Best Time to Eat?

    A small study shows that the timing of meals can have a profound impact on blood sugar, insulin secretion and blood pressure. But what is the best time to eat? Finding the Best Time to Eat: Many Ameri…

    By: Joe Graedon May 10, 2018 12 Comments
    Diabetes Diet Smackdown | Richard Bernstein, MD …

    Dr. Richard Bernstein has had type 1 diabetes since he was a kid. That was a long time ago. He will soon be 84. Because people with type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) can’t make insulin they have to in…

    By: Terry Graedon May 10, 2018 7 Comments
    Can People with Diabetes Really Eat Eggs?

    For decades, Americans were warned not to eat eggs for fear that their blood cholesterol levels would rise. After all, egg yolks are high in cholesterol. Even after data showed that there was no link …

    By: Terry Graedon April 16, 2018 9 Comments
    How to Control Your Blood Sugar Without Drugs

    How is your blood sugar? According to the CDC, 84 million American adults have prediabetes, a condition in which blood sugar is elevated but doesn't reach the threshold for a diagnosis of diabetes (12…

    By: Terry Graedon April 5, 2018 8 Comments
    Why You Should Eat the Mediterranean Way

    The Mediterranean diet has been associated with a number of health benefits. We have written previously about studies showing that a Mediterranean-style eating plan can protect the brain, reduce arthr…

    By: Terry Graedon April 2, 2018 10 Comments
    Can You Manage the Side Effects of Metformin?

    Metformin is an old drug that doctors use as a first-line treatment for type 2 diabetes. While it helps millions of people keep their blood glucose under control, some individuals find that they canno…

    By: Terry Graedon March 29, 2018 6 Comments
    How to Time Your Meals to Control Blood Sugar

    Does it matter how you time your meals? Nutrition experts often urge obese people with diabetes to eat six small meals evenly spaced throughout the day. The idea is that this pattern will even out blo…

    By: Terry Graedon March 29, 2018 1 Comments
    Will Prediabetes Put Your Heart and Kidneys at R…

    The high blood sugar of diabetes is associated with damage to the heart and kidneys. Just how much does slightly elevated blood sugar, termed prediabetes, affect health? Doctors define prediabetes as …

    By: Joe Graedon March 8, 2018 14 Comments
    How Should You Treat Type 2 Diabetes? Doctors Di…

    The prestigious American College of Physicians (ACP) has challenged the American Diabetes Association (ADA) when it comes to how to treat type 2 diabetes. It's the internists against the endocrinologi…

    By: Terry Graedon March 8, 2018 3 Comments
    Avoiding Low Blood Sugar Episodes with Technolog…

    People who use insulin to control their diabetes must walk a tightrope. On the one hand, they need to keep blood sugar from soaring, since that type of hyperglycemia can damage their kidneys, retinas …

    By: Terry Graedon March 5, 2018 9 Comments
    Will Natural Approaches Control Your Blood Sugar…

    Type 2 diabetes has become very common. Consequently, many people must pay close attention to their blood sugar. What influences blood glucose levels? There are, of course, medications that may be nec…

    By: Terry Graedon March 1, 2018 2 Comments
    Is Wine Bad or Good for People with Diabetes?

    People with diabetes are often cautioned to avoid alcohol altogether. Doctors reason that a drink can make it much harder to control blood sugar. On the other hand, wine has a reputation as a healthfu…

    By: Terry Graedon February 12, 2018 3 Comments
    Natural Blood Sugar Control to Benefit Sex Life

    Doctors are taught that erectile dysfunction (ED) is a red flag. It should encourage them to look for other health problems, such as heart disease or diabetes. Patients, too, are becoming aware that p…

    By: Joe Graedon February 5, 2018 17 Comments
    What’s the Story on Metformin for Diabetes?

    Metformin has become the go-to drug for type 2 diabetes. It's easy to understand why. The drug works to control blood sugar and it is incredibly inexpensive compared to many of the newer diabetes drug…

    By: Terry Graedon January 4, 2018 2 Comments
    Will Pomegranate Juice Help Lower Blood Sugar?

    Having blood sugar and insulin rise rapidly after a meal has been linked to a number of metabolic problems. Products, like crackers, cookies or bread, that cause such a rapid increase are termed high-…

    By: Terry Graedon December 25, 2017 13 Comments
    Can You Avert Diabetes with Cinnamon?

    Type 2 diabetes is increasingly common. According to the American Diabetes Association, 9.4 percent of Americans have diabetes. Most of those individuals have type 2 diabetes, in which the cells stop …

    By: Terry Graedon November 27, 2017 5 Comments
    Can You Lower Blood Sugar Safely with Cinnamon?

    Many people would prefer to use natural approaches to healing as much as possible. When they do so, they should evaluate both the benefits and the risks of the herb, spice or supplement they plan to u…

    By: Joe Graedon November 13, 2017 4 Comments
    Will You Experience Drug Shortages Because of Hu…

    There is an epidemic of drug shortages in the U.S. It has been going on for years. The reasons are often hard to pin down. Drug company consolidation has contributed. The big fish swallow the smaller …

    By: Terry Graedon October 30, 2017 3 Comments
    Which Drugs Mess with Vitamin B12?

    Keeping track of the nutritional consequences of medications can be tricky. Doctors don't always ask about possible problems; nor do pharmacists necessarily take these into account. But there are some…

    By: Joe Graedon October 26, 2017 10 Comments
    Are Antidepressants Contributing to the Diabetes…

    There is a diabetes epidemic in the United States. It is also striking the rest of the world. Some experts are calling the diabetes epidemic the largest epidemic in human history. The International Di…

    By: Terry Graedon September 9, 2017 5 Comments
    If Metformin Causes Diarrhea, Will Kefir Help?

    One of the most useful-and widely used-medications for type 2 diabetes, metformin, is known to cause digestive distress for some of the people who take it. One reader found, however, that drinking the…

    By: Joe Graedon August 28, 2017 20 Comments
    Doctor Disputes that HCTZ Can Raise Blood Sugar

    One of the most commonly prescribed drugs in the world today is a diuretic called hydrochlorothiazide. That's a mouthful. Not surprisingly, health professionals abbreviate this medication. It sometime…

    By: Terry Graedon July 24, 2017 6 Comments
    Supplements Are No Substitute for Good Diabetes …

    Diabetes is reaching epidemic levels, not only in the US but around the world. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 30 million Americans have diabetes. By f…

    By: Joe Graedon July 6, 2017 7 Comments
    The Pros and Cons of Metformin for Diabetes

    Metformin is #7 on the doctors' hit parade of top 10 prescription drugs. Each year the number of prescriptions increases substantially. Last year there were 87 million metformin prescriptions dispense…

    By: Terry Graedon June 22, 2017 0 Comments
    Risk of High-Carb Bedtime Snacks

    Does munching refined carbohydrates contribute to the risk of developing type 2 diabetes? This hypothesis is plausible, since foods that make blood sugar rise rapidly (high-glycemic index foods) inter…

    By: Joe Graedon June 15, 2017 12 Comments
    Does Metformin Save Lives?

    Doctors have been prescribing drugs to people with type 2 diabetes for decades. The goal has been to lower blood sugar levels and prevent the complications of diabetes. Many of those meds helped cont…

    By: Terry Graedon June 15, 2017 12 Comments
    The Unexpected Risks of French Fries

    French fries may be tempting, but giving in to temptation could be deadly. Nutrition scientists from Italy, Great Britain and the US noted that potatoes have a high glycemic index. That is, they tend …

    By: Terry Graedon June 15, 2017 2 Comments
    Will Grilled Meat Raise Your Risk for Diabetes?

    People who want to avoid type 2 diabetes might want to limit use of the barbecue grill. There's new evidence that grilled meat can increase the chance of this disorder. What Is the Story on Grilled Me…

    By: Terry Graedon June 15, 2017 4 Comments
    What Bread Is Best for Your Microbiome?

    Previous research has identified bread, especially bread made from refined white flour, as a food that can raise blood sugar and insulin levels rapidly. This is considered a food with a high glycemic …

    By: Terry Graedon May 22, 2017 10 Comments
    Can You Lower Blood Sugar with Cinnamon?

    You've no doubt heard that type 2 diabetes has reached epidemic levels in this country and many others. That means that millions more people have pre-diabetes, blood sugar that is headed in the wron…

    By: Terry Graedon May 1, 2017 9 Comments
    Can You Control Your Blood Sugar with Turmeric?

    We are in the midst of a diabetes epidemic. Not only in the US, but around the world, type 2 diabetes has become frighteningly common. While drugs can be useful in lowering high blood sugar, there ar…

    By: Joe Graedon April 3, 2017 10 Comments
    Generic Drugs Can Be Pricier in Canada

    Americans pay more for prescription drugs than anyone else on earth. No wonder people are always looking for a way to save money on the medicines they need. But trying to combine two money-saving stra…