Thursday, December 18, 2014

Gretchen Becker's Posts

Low-carb diets and type 2

When I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 1996, low-carb diets were considered fringe diets. The writings of Dr Richard Bernstein, a supporter of low-carb diets for people with diabetes, were like words shouted into the wilderness. Other physicians didn’t hear... Read moreChevron

Does Exercise Help Type 2?

I think most of us would agree that exercise is healthy. It helps the heart to get stronger. It increases our circulation and opens up little microvessels that close down when we lounge around. And it usually makes our BG (blood glucose) levels go down.


But thinking how healthy exercise is can be easy. It’s doing it... Read moreChevron

Aging and Beta Cells

Does having type 2 diabetes destroy your beta cells?


It does in the classic explanation of type 2 diabetes progression. According to this theory, you gain too much weight for some reason or other. The increased weight causes insulin resistance (IR). The IR means you have to produce more insulin than normal to keep your... Read moreChevron

For the Recently Diagnosed

Newbie Days


I started playing the violin badly when I was about 10, and I’ve been playing badly ever since. As a result, I sometimes have trouble remembering what it’s like not to know how to hold the bow or how to curve my fingers over the strings. When I want to remember, I try playing the violin by holding... Read moreChevron

What Can We Believe?

When can we believe what we read? It’s not always easy to know.


One problem is “news” releases and blogposts by people who have something to gain if we follow their advice. The Internet is full of “diabetes cures” that are essentially scams. Most of us know to ignore such fanciful claims. If... Read moreChevron