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.

EDIC and Metabolic Memory

The results of the DCCT (Diabetes Control and Complications Trial) were announced twenty years ago, on June 13, 1993, in a two-hour session at the Annual Meeting of the American Diabetes Association, and were published soon after: The Effect of Inten...
Bill Quick, M.D.

What's the Risk of Type 1 or Type 2 or Type 1.5?

Recently, the question was asked: “I was diagnosed at the age of 14 with Graves’ Disease (autoimmune hyperthyroidism); at age 26, I received a diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis. My mother is a diabetic, her parents and 3 out of her 4 siblings were di...
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Bad Insulin: When to Toss the Vial

Recently, the question was asked: "Does anyone have any tricks for knowing when it’s time to toss a vial of insulin?" The writer was concerned about whether a vial contains bad insulin - that is, insulin that has a diminished ability to de...
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It's Time to Sign Up for Diabetes Camp

It may still be snowing in the northern US, but it’s time to think of summer fun at diabetes camp. If you have a child with diabetes, or if you have time to volunteer to help and have fun, you should be looking for a nearby diabetes camp, and signing ...
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Too Much or Too Little Insulin?

Someone recently asked: “I take my insulin shot before each meal, and then eat. About an hour after, I feel dizzy and hot. Is my dose too much or not enough?” My reply: I don’t know if the sensations of feeling dizzy and hot that you notice after eat...
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Blood Sugar of 600 and No Insurance

Someone recently asked: “My sugars have been at 600 on numerous times. I no longer take insulin. I have NO insurance. I was advised to go to emergency immediately or I could have a stroke or go into a coma. Is this true? I have been diabetic for over ...
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When To Give Pre-Meal Insulin

Another diabetes myth just bit the dust: the idea that pre-meal (bolus) injections of regular human insulin should be given thirty minutes before eating. This is a myth that I grew up with, and one that I had religiously taught my insulin-using patie...
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The SGLT2 Inhibitors Are Coming!

Update March 29, 2013: Canaglifozin (brand name Invokana) has been approved by the FDA. Another class of diabetes medications is working its way through the regulatory requirements that every medication manufacturer must face to receive approval to s...
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Pumpkins Heal Diabetes?

I just read a recent (January 2013) news story that claims that "Pumpkin Can Help Heal Diabetes." The author of this news story states that "Pumpkin has proven to heal the pancreatic tissues of diabetic rats. So, we can certainly hope ...
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