Bill Quick, M.D., Health Professional

Bill Quick, M.D., is a physician who is living with diabetes. He is the editor of www.D-is-for-Diabetes.com. Dr. Quick wrote about diabetes for HealthCentral.

An A1C of 8.7 Is Of Concern

I recently saw the following question: My hemoglobin A1c is 8.7 and serum glucose is 126; my doctor said it’s not serious. No medications were prescribed and he will test it again in 6 months. Should I be concerned? My reply: Yes, you should be conce...
Bill Quick, M.D.

Another Me-Too Diabetes Drug

In the field of pharmaceutical medicine, drugs that are the second in their class of medications are frequently called “me-too” (or “me-two”) drugs. But what do you call the third and fourth drugs in the same class? Copycats? Hitchhikers? Wishful thi...
Bill Quick, M.D.

All the Symptoms but Negative Tests

I recently saw the following question: I have all the symptoms for diabetes but the test always comes back negative. Why? My reply: If you have symptoms of diabetes, it’s almost 100% likely that testing for diabetes will be positive. As I see it, the...
Bill Quick, M.D.

Berberine for Type 2 Diabetes

A diabetes newsletter recently claimed that a herbal product called berberine, “has been shown to lower elevated blood glucose as effectively as metformin, the very popular, first-line diabetic prescription medicine. For example, in a 2008, a 3-month ...
Bill Quick, M.D.

Bell's Palsy and Diabetes

I recently saw the following question: My husband was diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy today and he has diabetes. How can I help him? Is Bell’s Palsy related to having diabetes? My reply: To answer your last question first: yes, Bell’s Palsy is related to ...
Bill Quick, M.D.

Actos or Tradjenta?

I recently saw the following question: I’m looking for a comparison of Actos versus Tradjenta. Why would a doctor favor Tradjenta over Actos? I didn’t get a good answer from him. I’m type 2 and using metformin and Levemir insulin. My A1c was great wh...
Bill Quick, M.D.

High A1C with Normal Glucose Readings

I recently saw the following question: My granddaughter’s HgbA1c was elevated to 10. Her glucose readings have been normal. Why does she have this elevated reading? My reply: It seems obvious at first glance that either the elevated HgbA1c is wrong, ...
Bill Quick, M.D.