Latest by William Quick, M.D.

Celebrities with Diabetes or with Prediabetes

I wouldn’t be surprised if most of our readers have learned one-way-or-another in the last day or two that actor Tom Hanks recently revealed to The Late Show television host David Letterman that he (Tom) has recently been diagnosed as having type 2 d...

Is My Thirst Due to Diabetes?

Recently, the question was asked: I was officially diagnosed last month with diabetes (Type 2) at the age of 43. I already have RA [rheumatoid arthritis] and hypothyroid (due to Graves’ disease). The endo prescribed metformin. My sugar levels are ste...

Time To Change Names, Again

Every generation or two, people get frustrated with diabetes nomenclature, and after much pushing and shoving, the names of the different varieties of diabetes get changed. Years ago, diabetes was not subdivided. But it was noted that sometimes folks ...

Hyperthyroidism and Diabetes

A while back, I wrote about hypothyroidism and diabetes. Recently, there was a press release from the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) about Hyperthyroidism: The Flip Side of the Thyroid Equation, and I decided to remind our r...

Diabetes Alert Dogs Don't Detect Hypoglycemic Scent

I’ve written previously about my skepticism that dogs can accurately warn humans that blood sugar levels are low (Diabetes Alert Dogs Are Still an Unproven Concept). Now there’s scientific evidence, from a medical and veterinary school collaborating ...

Dead in Bed Syndrome

Twitter recently got in a twit about a statement someone found on the Internet: "One in 20 type 1 diabetics die in their sleep due to a sudden drop in their blood sugar." That’s quite a statistic, and one that raises all sorts of questions...

Fifteen Illegally Sold Diabetes Treatments

The FDA has just done us all a favor, exposing fifteen diabetes scams at once. I will tackle a brief review of all 15 here. The FDA’s listing is available at their website, at Illegally Sold Diabetes Treatments Most of these products can be found at ...

An OTC "Glucose Stabilizer"

Update July 23, 2013: The FDA has sent the manufacturer of Glucocil a Warning Letter indicating that it is misbranded, and an unapproved new drug. Recently, advertisements for an over-the-counter product with herbal, vitamin, and other ingredients th...

Can Diabetes Be Cured?

Recently, the question was asked: "Can diabetes be totally cured? Is there any medicine that will cure diabetes totally?" My reply: You have asked the same questions that everyone else thinks about, and that everyone hopes will have an ans...

EDIC and Metabolic Memory

The results of the DCCT (Diabetes Control and Complications Trial) were announced twenty years ago, on June 13, 1993, in a two-hour session at the Annual Meeting of the American Diabetes Association, and were published soon after: The Effect of Inten...