Friday, March 24, 2017

Gretchen Becker's Posts

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

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 obesity and type 2... 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 hypoglycemia, such as insulin... Read moreChevron

Low-Carb Diets and Type 2 Diabetes

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