By: Terry Graedon March 20, 2011 14 Comments
    Controlling Blood Sugar

    Q. I have high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol levels. My doctor is encouraging me to take medications but I would rather try natural approaches first. Is there anything that might work? I als…

    By: Terry Graedon March 3, 2011 8 Comments
    Intensive Blood Sugar Control Can Be Counterprod…

    In the ACCORD trial, investigators intended to find out if lowering the blood sugar of people with type 2 diabetes to normal levels would reduce their risk of dying. ACCORD stands for Action to Contro…

    By: Terry Graedon November 24, 2010 1 Comments
    Exercise Combination Helps Control Blood Sugar

    Research has shown for some time that exercise is helpful for people with diabetes. What has not been clear is the best kind of exercise. A new study from Louisiana demonstrates that a combination of …

    By: Terry Graedon October 6, 2010 6 Comments
    Low Glycemic Load for Diabetes Prevention

    Diabetes experts have been arguing about diet for decades. For a long time fat was considered a culprit. More recently, though, carbohydrates have come under scrutiny. High glycemic index foods cause …

    By: Terry Graedon September 29, 2010 0 Comments
    Lifestyle Coaching Holds Promise for Diabetes

    An ambitious study of lifestyle intervention for people with type 2 diabetes has reported interim results. The Look AHEAD trial stands for Action for Health in Diabetes. It includes more than 5,000 st…

    By: Terry Graedon September 29, 2010 2 Comments
    Magnesium-Rich Diet Protects Against Diabetes

    To reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, people may need to boost their consumption of magnesium-rich foods. In a 20-year cohort study of almost 5,000 adults, researchers found that those who…

    By: Terry Graedon September 9, 2010 1 Comments
    Prenatal BPA Exposure Boosts Risk of Diabetes in…

    Research published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives suggests that mice exposed in utero to BPA have reduced glucose tolerance and increased insulin resistance. That means they are more…

    By: Terry Graedon July 22, 2010 1 Comments
    Eggs Not Linked to Diabetes

    Eggs have gotten a bad rap because of their cholesterol content. They have also been fingered as contributing to the risk of type-2 diabetes. It turns out the cholesterol complication was a red herrin…

    By: Terry Graedon July 15, 2010 2 Comments
    FDA Debates Avandia Safety

    A diabetes drug that was once highly successful has its future in doubt. In an unusually candid FDA meeting, agency officials showed that they are not in agreement about the safety of Avandia. Some ha…

    By: Terry Graedon June 17, 2010 0 Comments
    Whole Grains May Hold Off Diabetes

    Could brown rice help ward off type 2 diabetes? Harvard scientists analyzed data collected in three large long-term epidemiological studies. They included almost 200,000 individuals, mostly women, in …

    By: Joe Graedon May 27, 2010 8 Comments
    Chocolate Lowers Blood Sugar

    One small study confirmed that chocolate is a tasty way to reduce blood pressure. Surprisingly, it can also lower blood sugar. In this trial, 14 obese adults were given 20 grams of special high-polyph…

    By: Terry Graedon May 16, 2010 1 Comments
    Lessons from Golf Could Save Lives

    Doctors should study golf more seriously, especially putting. If you are trying to sink a putt, you have to hit the ball just right. Too hard and the ball goes sailing past the hole. Too soft and you …

    By: Joe Graedon May 5, 2010 4 Comments
    Ultra-Low Blood Pressure No Advantage in Diabete…

    Trying to get blood pressure really low may not pay off. People with diabetes are at much higher risk of heart disease, so doctors often concentrate on treating their hypertension carefully. Some urge…

    By: Joe Graedon May 5, 2010 1 Comments
    Improved Blood Lipids Don’t Ward Off Death…

    Another arm of the ACCORD trial was equally disappointing to the investigators. ACCORD stands for Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes, and blood fats such as cholesterol and triglyceride…

    By: Terry Graedon April 28, 2010 1 Comments
    Moderate Drinkers Less Likely to Develop Diabete…

    Moderate drinking appears to be associated with a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes. A decade-long observational study of more than 35,000 Dutch people found that individuals who usually had on…

    By: Terry Graedon April 14, 2010 1 Comments
    Soy Foods Failed to Control Blood Sugar

    A study on soy supplements disappointed Chinese researchers considering blood sugar and insulin. The subjects were 180 postmenopausal women with pre-diabetes. The women took powdered supplements each …

    By: Terry Graedon March 16, 2010 1 Comments
    Aggressive Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes Offers L…

    There is disappointing news in the treatment of type 2 diabetes. A ten-year-long study that included more than 5,500 people with this condition found that making an extra effort to lower triglycerides…

    By: Terry Graedon March 16, 2010 0 Comments
    Old Drug May Offer New Benefits for Diabetes

    People with diabetes were able to lower triglycerides and blood sugar with an inexpensive arthritis drug that has been around for decades. A multi-center study of approximately 100 patients found that…

    By: Terry Graedon March 11, 2010 0 Comments
    Coffee Drinkers Less Likely to Develop Diabetes

    Coffee drinkers get some protection from developing type 2 diabetes, but they may need to drink it at lunchtime. A study of almost 70,000 French women found that those who consumed one or more cups of…

    By: Terry Graedon February 4, 2010 5 Comments
    Aggressive Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes Can Be D…

    In the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, children learn that too much and too little are not good. We all need to strive for just right. The same may be true for the management of type 2 diabet…

    By: Terry Graedon November 5, 2009 1 Comments
    Preventing Diabetes without Drugs

    Paying attention to diet and exercise may help many people stave off type 2 diabetes. A study of more than 3,000 people with elevated blood sugar found that increased exercise and a careful diet could…

    By: Terry Graedon October 7, 2009 0 Comments
    Fish in Diet Nets Lower Risk of Diabetes

    Fish consumption has been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease and death from heart attacks. There are also data suggesting that fish can help protect the brain from strokes. And fish eaters appe…

    By: Terry Graedon September 18, 2009 3 Comments
    DASH Diet Discourages Diabetes

    Following a DASH-type diet reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes has become increasingly common over the past few years. This disease, in which the body becomes resistant to …

    By: Joe Graedon June 25, 2009 6 Comments
    Dogs Sniff Out Low Blood Sugar

    Helper dogs have been trained to assist people with a variety of disabilities. Some dogs help people with epilepsy. Others can be useful for those with visual impairment or physical limitations. Now, …

    By: Terry Graedon June 12, 2009 1 Comments
    Avandia and Actos Compared to Insulin

    A different study of diabetes drugs showed that Avandia and its competitor Actos are neither better nor worse than injected insulin in preventing death from cardiovascular complications of type 2 diab…

    By: Joe Graedon April 6, 2009 0 Comments
    Skimping on Sleep Poses Diabetes Danger

    The old wives have just been proven right again. They always claimed that if you wanted to stay healthy you needed to get a good night’s sleep. That was usually defined as about eight hours.In o…

    By: Joe Graedon July 7, 2008 4 Comments
    New Research Poses Diabetes Dilemma

    Maybe doctors could take a lesson from Goldilocks. In this nursery tale, Goldilocks didn't like porridge that was too hot or too cold. She wanted it "just right." People usually relate to this fable b…

    By: Joe Graedon February 25, 2008 2 Comments
    Drug Companies Play The Numbers Game

    Taking medicine is often a gamble. You are betting that the benefits will outweigh the risks. But do you realize a payoff is far from certain? Drug companies rarely have to prove that their pills actu…

    By: Joe Graedon August 25, 2003 0 Comments
    Diabetic Diet Creates Controversy

    The proof of the pudding is in the eating, so they say. For diabetics, that may be literally true. Food is turned into sugar (glucose), the fuel that runs our bodies. In diabetes, glucose builds up in…