By: Joe Graedon September 22, 2016 4 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 10 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 0 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 9 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 9 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…

    By: Joe Graedon June 30, 2016 16 Comments
    Is Butter Better? Why Butter is Back with a Bull…

    For decades and decades we were told that we had to avoid saturated fat. Cream in our coffee, butter on our bread and cream cheese on our bagel were considered sinful because such foods were supposed …

    By: Terry Graedon June 16, 2016 1 Comments
    Why Is FDA Warning about Invokana and Farxiga?

    The Food and Drug Administration has just strengthened its warning on certain medications prescribed for people with type 2 diabetes. Canagliflozin and dapagliflozin are sold under the brand names In…

    By: Terry Graedon June 16, 2016 5 Comments
    How to Improve Blood Flow by Drinking Tea

    People with insulin resistance have trouble getting sugar from the blood into tissue cells after meals. But a new study suggests that a cup of black tea might help with that problem partly by finding…

    By: Terry Graedon June 6, 2016 2 Comments
    How to Get Blood Sugar Control Without Sore Join…

    Type 2 diabetes is a condition in which blood sugar rises even though the body is still making its own insulin. The problem is that cells become resistant to the insulin that is available and are una…

    By: Terry Graedon June 2, 2016 3 Comments
    Will Diet Soda Protect You from Diabetes?

    With so many Americans being told they are overweight or obese, lots of people are trying hard to cut calories. One popular way to do that is to substitute artificial sweeteners such as aspartame for …

    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 8 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 7 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 10 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…