By: Terry Graedon February 12, 2018 2 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 15 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 19 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 6 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 5 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…

    By: Terry Graedon March 9, 2017 12 Comments
    You Are What You Eat: Is Your Diet Killing You?

    Researchers have found an answer to the question: Is the standard American diet killing us? Unfortunately, too often what we eat and what we skip contributes to disease and death. The Link Between …

    By: Joe Graedon January 23, 2017 24 Comments
    Do Simvastatin Side Effects Include Diabetes and…

    Many physicians tell us that even if statins increase the risk for diabetes, the drug benefits far outweigh any increase in blood glucose. But diabetes is a challenging condition to treat. Then there …

    By: Terry Graedon January 16, 2017 13 Comments
    Is Ceylon Cinnamon Better Than Cassia Cinnamon?

    We get excited when we learn about natural products that have health benefits. Consequently, we were intrigued 13 years ago when we first heard that cinnamon might help control blood sugar (Diabetes …

    By: Terry Graedon January 5, 2017 12 Comments
    Why Is a Magnesium-Rich Diet So Good for You?

    Following a magnesium-rich diet may be an often-overlooked path to good health. That is the conclusion of a new study. It found that people who eat foods that are good sources of magnesium are less l…

    By: Terry Graedon December 26, 2016 4 Comments
    Could a Gluten-Free Diet Help Blood Sugar?

    Controlling blood sugar is of utmost importance to people with diabetes. This can be a frustrating task. Some people, like this writer, find it exceedingly difficult to bring blood glucose into a hea…

    By: Joe Graedon November 10, 2016 26 Comments
    How Do Drug Companies Spit in the Face of Capita…

    The free market system is supposed to encourage competition. One of the key tenets of capitalism is that prices of products are determined primarily by a competitive marketplace. If company A sells a …

    By: Terry Graedon November 3, 2016 6 Comments
    How Will Your Body Respond to Cutting Carbohydra…

    Changing the balance of carbohydrates in your meals may help reduce your insulin resistance, according to a new study. The Study Compared Consumption of Carbohydrates and Insulin Response: Researchers…

    By: Joe Graedon October 3, 2016 5 Comments
    How Can Orphan Drugs Be So Outrageously Expensiv…

    Everybody knows what an orphan is. But what are "orphan drugs" and why should you care? The Orphan Drug Act got its start in 1983 when Congress recognized the need to encourage pharmaceutical companie…

    By: Terry Graedon October 3, 2016 7 Comments
    Can Curry Spice Overcome Diabetic Nerve Pain?

    The high blood sugar and inflammation associated with diabetes can damage many organs in the body. Diabetic nerve pain is a common complication of this condition. It can be quite difficult to treat, …

    By: Joe Graedon September 22, 2016 6 Comments
    Are Your Vitamin D Levels Bad Because of BPA and…

    A great deal of research suggests that low levels of vitamin D are associated with serious health problems, including osteoporosis, fractures, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, in…

    By: Joe Graedon September 19, 2016 12 Comments
    Did Low Levels of Vitamin B12 Ruin A Life?

    Most people rarely think about vitamin B12. It's not part of routine blood testing the way vitamin D is. We have been surprised that health professionals do not routinely request blood tests for vitam…

    By: Terry Graedon September 19, 2016 3 Comments
    How to Stay Healthy with a Mediterranean Diet

    Would you like to be able to improve your health by what you put on your plate? Health professionals and patients alike may doubt that diet can be as powerful as pills. When it comes to important bene…

    By: Terry Graedon September 12, 2016 10 Comments
    How to Control Blood Sugar by Sipping Vinegar

    Almost 30 million Americans have diabetes, and another 86 million adults have prediabetes. Elevated blood sugar puts the individual at risk for developing frank diabetes unless something is done to c…

    By: Terry Graedon September 1, 2016 1 Comments
    How to Prevent Retinopathy with a Mediterranean …

    The Mediterranean diet can lower the likelihood of heart attacks and strokes, as the PREDIMED trial demonstrated (New England Journal of Medicine, April 4, 2013). People who follow such a diet rich in…

    By: Terry Graedon August 17, 2016 2 Comments
    Staying Active Can Help Prevent Chronic Health P…

    Exercise remains one of the most powerful interventions for promoting health and preventing disease. An article in the BMJ reviewed 174 studies published over 25 years. The scientists evaluated the am…

    By: Joe Graedon August 4, 2016 12 Comments
    Can You Trust Your Multivitamin?

    It can be challenging to get all the nutrients you need from food, especially if you are taking medications. That's because many medicines can interfere with vitamin and mineral absorption. Some, like…

    By: Terry Graedon August 1, 2016 14 Comments
    Which Cinnamon Is Better for Blood Sugar?

    In type 2 diabetes, blood sugar and insulin tend to spike after meals. Insulin is often present, sometimes even plentiful, in type 2 diabetes, but it isn't efficient. There is a bewildering array of p…

    By: Terry Graedon July 21, 2016 1 Comments
    What Are the Benefits of a Mediterranean Diet?

    The Mediterranean diet has gained quite a reputation of late. But is the buzz all hype, or is there science to support it? Studying the Mediterranean Diet: A new analysis of 56 studies of the Mediterr…

    By: Terry Graedon July 20, 2016 2 Comments
    How to Lower Your Chance of Diabetes

    Don't be afraid of fat! That's the message from a study that scrutinized the links between saturated fat, polyunsaturated fat, monounsaturated fat and carbohydrate consumption and the chance of dia…

    By: Joe Graedon July 16, 2016 2 Comments
    Should Everyone Be Taking Metformin to Fight Can…

    Metformin was created in the 1920s by chemists who were working with the French lilac plant. That's because healers had been using French lilac for centuries to control the symptoms of type 2 diabetes…