Latest by William Quick, M.D.

What's the Risk of Type 1 or Type 2 or Type 1.5?

Recently, the question was asked: “I was diagnosed at the age of 14 with Graves’ Disease (autoimmune hyperthyroidism); at age 26, I received a diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis. My mother is a diabetic, her parents and 3 out of her 4 siblings were di...

Why People with Diabetes Should Probably Take a Statin

In a recent commentary, Why People with Diabetes Need to Avoid Statins, David Mendosa makes his case against the use of statins for people with diabetes (PWD). He uses a newly-published study, "Simvastatin impairs exercise training adaptations&q...

Could Your Diabetes Be Causing Nerve Damage?

Diabetic neuropathies are a family of nerve disorders caused by diabetes. People with diabetes can, over time, develop nerve damage throughout the body. Some people with nerve damage have no symptoms. Others may have symptoms such as pain, tingling, ...

It's Time to Sign Up for Diabetes Camp

It may still be snowing in the northern US, but it’s time to think of summer fun at diabetes camp.

Too Much or Too Little Insulin?

Someone recently asked: “I take my insulin shot before each meal, and then eat. About an hour after, I feel dizzy and hot. Is my dose too much or not enough?” My reply: I don’t know if the sensations of feeling dizzy and hot that you notice after eat...

Blood Sugar of 600 and No Insurance

Someone recently asked: “My sugars have been at 600 on numerous times. I no longer take insulin. I have NO insurance. I was advised to go to emergency immediately or I could have a stroke or go into a coma. Is this true? I have been diabetic for over ...

When To Give Pre-Meal Insulin

Another diabetes myth just bit the dust: the idea that pre-meal (bolus) injections of regular human insulin should be given thirty minutes before eating. This is a myth that I grew up with, and one that I had religiously taught my insulin-using patie...

The SGLT2 Inhibitors Are Coming!

Update March 29, 2013: Canaglifozin (brand name Invokana) has been approved by the FDA. Another class of diabetes medications is working its way through the regulatory requirements that every medication manufacturer must face to receive approval to s...

Pumpkins Heal Diabetes?

I just read a recent (January 2013) news story that claims that "Pumpkin Can Help Heal Diabetes." The author of this news story states that "Pumpkin has proven to heal the pancreatic tissues of diabetic rats. So, we can certainly hope ...

New Diabetes Drugs with Possible Adverse Cardiovascular Risks

Update: Novo-Nordisk issued a press release February 10. 2013 stating "the FDA requests additional cardiovascular data from a dedicated cardiovascular outcomes trial before the review of the New Drug Applications can be completed. Novo Nordisk i...