Sunday, April 20, 2014

Gretchen Becker's Posts

Minimally Disruptive Medicine

Minimally disruptive medicine. That’s a new buzzword for practicing medicine in a way that doesn’t overwhelm the patient.   Imagine that you have diabetes (well, if you didn’t, you probably wouldn’t be reading this) but also some gastric reflux, arthritis, high blood pressure, Hashimoto’s, celiac, high... Read moreChevron

Starch and Genetics

When we eat starchy foods, the first step in their digestion occurs in the mouth. The enzmye that catalyzes the digestion of the starch is called salivary amylase, and it’s produced by a gene called AMY1. There’s another enzyme produced by the pancreas called pancreatic amylase, and it does most of the work of breaking down starch in... Read moreChevron

Questioning Dietary Guidelines

Are you happy with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans that support low-fat diets with lots of “healthy whole grains”?   Many of us aren’t, including me and former Health Central blogger and power lifter Ginger Vieira, who asks if they’re making us sick.   If you’d like an unbiased fact-finding... Read moreChevron

Missing Fruit

I find that a low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet works best at controlling my blood glucose (BG) levels. I no longer miss the bread and mashed potatoes one avoids on such a diet, but I do miss fruit.   When I was a child I remember telling my mother that the foods I really liked best were meat and fruit (I suspect today’s children would... Read moreChevron

Gene Mutation Reduces Risk of Type 2

The news services have been busy describing the recent finding that people with a rare mutation are protected from getting type 2 diabetes, even when they’re obese.   The mutation affects a gene involved with zinc uptake into beta cells, and when the gene is knocked out, both insulin secretion and insulin clearance are affected. The... Read moreChevron