Latest by William Quick, M.D.

Januvia for Type 1 Diabetes

What happens if a person with type 1 diabetes takes Januvia? My reply: Januvia is the brand name for a diabetes drug that’s also known as sitagliptin. Sitagliptin was the first diabetes treatment approved in a new class of drugs known as DPP-4 inhibi...

Another Me-Too Diabetes Drug

In the field of pharmaceutical medicine, drugs that are the second in their class of medications are frequently called “me-too” (or “me-two”) drugs. But what do you call the third and fourth drugs in the same class? Copycats? Hitchhikers? Wishful thi...

Berberine for Type 2 Diabetes

A diabetes newsletter recently claimed that a herbal product called berberine, “has been shown to lower elevated blood glucose as effectively as metformin, the very popular, first-line diabetic prescription medicine. For example, in a 2008, a 3-month ...

Measuring Tear Glucose Levels

On January 16, the Google Official Blog had an entry about measuring glucose levels in tears, that has garnered considerable attention. It’s vaguely titled (“Introducing our smart contact lens project”). Among other claims, the blog stated that “We’v...

Bell's Palsy and Diabetes

I recently saw the following question: My husband was diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy today and he has diabetes. How can I help him? Is Bell’s Palsy related to having diabetes? My reply: To answer your last question first: yes, Bell’s Palsy is related to ...

Actos or Tradjenta?

I recently saw the following question: I’m looking for a comparison of Actos versus Tradjenta. Why would a doctor favor Tradjenta over Actos? I didn’t get a good answer from him. I’m type 2 and using metformin and Levemir insulin. My A1c was great wh...

High A1C with Normal Glucose Readings

I recently saw the following question: My granddaughter’s HgbA1c was elevated to 10. Her glucose readings have been normal. Why does she have this elevated reading? My reply: It seems obvious at first glance that either the elevated HgbA1c is wrong, ...

Chelation Therapy for People with Diabetes Who Have Had a Myocardial Infarction

The recent report of the diabetes portion of a big clinical study called TACT (Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy) seems to indicate that a well-criticized snake-oil therapy, "chelation therapy," might be worth using in people with diabetes ...

Understanding Diabetes and Heart Disease

If you live with diabetes, the official guidelines for reducing heart disease risks can be confusing. Here's what you should know.

Treatment of Neuropathy

I recently received the following question: I was wondering what your thoughts on diabetic neuropathy are. I am solely relying on my various doctor’s opinions (symptoms and prick test) who say I have small fiber neuropathy. I have been on an insulin ...