Latest by William Quick, M.D.

Pantoprazole May Be Useful in Type 2 Diabetes

A recent study in people with T2DM showed dramatic results: patients with T2DM who took a prescription drug called pantoprazole for 12 weeks had a decrease in their A1C levels – from 7.6 to 6.8 (P < 0.001). That’s spectacular, and if these results ...

West Nile Virus and Diabetes

With 1,118 cases of West Nile virus infection reported through August 21, the U.S. is headed toward its biggest yearly case count since the disease was first detected here, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). I don’t kn...

Elevated Blood Glucose Levels after Carpal Tunnel Hand Surgery

I just saw the following question: I recently had carpal tunnel surgery on both hands at the beginning of June. It’s now late July and my blood sugar levels are still in the 230s. I take Lantus twice a day. What can I do? I have a constant headache, ...

Avandia's Manufacturer Failed to Report Important Clinical Data to the FDA

The US Department of Justice has released a press release about the manufacturer of Avandia (rosiglitazone), a diabetes drug that has been in the headlines repeatedly over the past few years. (Over the years, I have blogged about Avandia eleven times...

Idiopathic Diabetes

I love the word "idiopathic." Besides making nice sounds as it rolls off one’s tongue (id-dee-oh-PATH-ick), its definition is positively murky: it’s used to describe a disorder of obscure or unknown cause. At one world-famous authority, it...

ORIGIN - A Major Diabetes Study that Failed

In early 2001, a new insulin was first marketed in the United States: Lantus (insulin glargine). It was the first of the long-acting insulin analogs, is usually effective when given once daily, and it rapidly became the insulin-of-choice to use when ...

Type 3 Diabetes Mellitus

Is there a "Type 3 Diabetes"? Well, maybe… The "official" descriptions of various varieties of diabetes mellitus as promulgated by the American Diabetes Association are in a position statement titled Diagnosis and Classification ...

Diabetes Alert Dogs Are An Unproven Concept

I was floored by some recent statements in my local newspaper from one trainer of diabetes alert dogs: “once completely trained, the dog likely could smell a change in blood sugar from up to five miles away” and "a diabetic alert dog could smell ...

More Diabetes Questions

Several miscellaneous diabetes-related questions have accumulated, and I thought I’d tackle some of them here. What is the normal blood sugar level for someone over 300 pounds? The values that are considered to be normal for blood sugar are not depen...

Questions about prediabetes

Several questions have piled up about prediabetes (also spelled with a hyphen, like this: pre-diabetes), and I thought I’d tackle them all in once. My fiance has the shakes when he does not eat until late afternoon. Is this a pre-warning sign of pre-...