Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Gretchen Becker's Posts

Does Metformin Work in the Gut?

The drug metformin is one of the most common drugs prescribed to treat type 2 diabetes.  When you’re diagnosed, most physicians prescribe metformin as well as suggesting diet and exercise changes.


But not everyone can tolerate metformin. Some people get diarrhea and nausea, sometimes so severe they stop taking... Read moreChevron

The Blessings of Diabetes

I love yogurt, and I eat a lot of it. Well, actually I eat mostly kefir, which I make myself. But they're similar.


I'm on a low-carb diet, so of course I don't eat the commercially flavored high-sugar yogurts on the market. I often mix strawberries (thawed in microwave if they're frozen) with the kefir, add stevia and some... Read moreChevron

What To Eat For Breakfast With Type 2 Diabetes

When you are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and especially when you go on a low-carbohydrate diet, choosing a breakfast that won’t make your blood glucose levels go high is difficult at first.


That’s because most typical American breakfasts are loaded with carbs with very little protein and fat to slow the... Read moreChevron

Processed Foods: What are the Facts?

One current approach to diet is to eat “real foods” and avoid “processed foods.” There’s a lot of good sense in that approach. But what, exactly, is meant by the term “processed foods”?


I think we’d all agree that foods that come in a box, take-out food or prepackaged meals... Read moreChevron

What To Know About The Side Effects of Diabetes Medications

When I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 1996, there were only three drugs to choose from: sulfonylureas, metformin, or insulin.


The sulfonylureas make your pancreas produce more insulin. They have been used for decades and are relatively cheap, but like insulin, they can make your blood glucose (BG) levels go too low... Read moreChevron