Monday, April 27, 2015

Gretchen Becker's Posts

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... 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... Read moreChevron

Weight Gain and Drugs

There’s nothing more distressing than to discover, after strictly following a diet, that you’ve not only not lost weight, but you’ve gained.


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Is Type 2 Your Fault?

When you’re first diagnosed with type 2, you have to deal with major changes in your life. Many people have to deal with feelings of guilt as well: “I brought this on myself.” A double burden.


But is that true? Popular press articles take this point of view. They point out the undisputed link between... Read moreChevron

Are Elderly People Overtreated?

A research study currently making the rounds on the Internet suggests that older people with diabetes may be “overtreated.” They define “older” as older than 65, and “overtreatment” as treatment with drugs that can cause... Read moreChevron