Latest by William Quick, M.D.

What to Know About Diabetic Nerve Pain

There are several forms of nerve damage (or in doctor-speak, neuropathy). The form that most people with diabetes (PWD) have is damage to the nerves that provide sensation from the far ends of the body, particularly the feet; this form is called dist...

Irisin, a new hormone that might be the basis for new therapy for diabetes

A reader recently asked about a hormone I had never heard of: "Have you heard of a proposed new drug based on the hormone Irisin? Apparently irisin causes a gene to be switched on that turns “bad” white body fat into “good” brown fat. It is flag...

Questions about diabetic neuropathy

Several questions have piled up about diabetic neuropathy, and I thought I’d tackle them all in once. First of all, let me point out that there are several forms of nerve damage (or in doctor-speak, neuropathy). The form that most people with diabete...

Update on combination pills for people with diabetes

Recently, several more combination diabetes pills have become available, and I think I ought to update my previous essay on “Combination pills for type 2 diabetes” to include the new combo pills. I won’t repeat many of the concepts there, so if your ...

My Insurance Plan Doesn't Want to Pay For My Brand of Insulin

For several years, I’ve been on Humalog (insulin lispro) with my insulin pump, after switching from Novolog (insulin aspart) because it was indeed having too long a “tail” for me to accurately calculate my doses. (The “tail” is an extremely long dura...

Paula Deen and Misleading Marketing

There’s been more than enough said about celebrity chef Paula Deen (the proud parent of the glazed donut, hamburger patty, fried egg, and bacon sandwich) and her recent admission that she has had type 2 diabetes for several years — and that she’s bei...

A Checklist for Patients with Diabetes When Surgery is Planned

In 2008, the WHO released a very general safety checklist to help make surgery safer. The WHO checklist has been tried in multiple hospitals, and according to discussion in the New England Journal of Medicine, “The rate of death was 1.5% before the c...

Insulin and Diabetes Pills Can Be Dangerous Drugs

Insulin and oral diabetes drugs were in the news recently, as a recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine caught the media’s attention: Emergency Hospitalizations for Adverse Drug Events in Older Americans was in November 24, 2011 issue. ...

Ionized Water for the Treatment of Diabetes?

I received the following e-mail question: “I had knee pain for over a year from surgery and was taking Tylenol on a daily basis for the pain. Since drinking [brand name deleted] water, the pain is completely gone. More importantly, diabetics are repo...

Hypoglycemia May Occur With Prozac

I recently spoke with a friend with diabetes who had just started Prozac. He was amazed to find he was having repeated hypoglycemia within days after starting the drug, and had to cut back on his insulin doses. He obviously wondered if it were someho...