Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Gretchen Becker's Posts

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

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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