Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Gretchen Becker's Posts

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

Does Candy Prevent Obesity? And Other "Breakthrough" Study Results

Does candy prevent obesity?

 

This is not likely, but a recent marketing study by the Hershey company showed that Utah residents eat more candy than residents of any other state,... Read moreChevron

Diabetes Risk and Blood Glucose

Is a blood glucose (BG) level above 100 mg/dL in someone who doesn’t have diabetes something to worry about?

 

Most of us would say no. Many nondiabetics go up to about 120 mg/dL, sometimes even a little higher, after meals. But then they... Read moreChevron

Insulin and Your Heart

Type 2 diabetes is defined as having insulin resistance (IR). At least in the early stages of the disease, you’re producing plenty of insulin, but because of the IR, the insulin doesn’t work very well. (Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease and results in insulin deficiency.)

 

Thus one would think that any treatment that... Read moreChevron