Friday, March 24, 2017

Gretchen Becker's Posts

Do Injections Hurt?

One thing that always makes me wince is a news story about some new oral diabetes drug that the reporter says promises to free people with diabetes from “painful insulin injections.”


When I was a child, immunizations were painful. They were injected into a muscle, and after getting booster shots, my arm... Read moreChevron

The Most Effective Treatment for Type 2?

A recent meta-analysis has suggested that combining long-acting insulin with a GLP-1 (glucagon-like peptide 1) agonist may be the “most effective” drug treatment for type 2 diabetes, meaning the best blood glucose (BG) control with the... Read moreChevron

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