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Gretchen Becker

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Gretchen wrote for HealthCentral as a patient expert for Diabetes.

Latest by Gretchen Becker

Do Injections Hurt?

Do Injections Hurt?

Injections of yesteryears may have been dreaded and painful, but today the tiny needles and fatty areas you poke leave little pain in their path.

Most Effective Type 2 Treatment?
Treatment

Most Effective Type 2 Treatment?

A recent study has found that combining hormones that are in the gut with insulin may be the most effective treatment for type 2 diabetes.

Soft Food and Insulin Resistance

Soft Food and Insulin Resistance

A new study suggests that the texture of the food you eat can affect your insulin resistance. Here’s what the scientists found.

Low-Carb Diets and Type 2

Low-Carb Diets and Type 2

Doing all the right things but still having trouble losing weight and managing your diabetes? Low-carb diets might be the answer.

Living Well with Diabetes
Living With

Living Well with Diabetes

Type 2 & Exercise

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Sulfonylureas and Beta Cell Burnout

For years some diabetes authors have told us that the diabetes drugs known as sulfonylureas, often called just "sulfs," would burn out our beta cells. Beta cells are the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin. I’ve occasionally come ac...

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Is Type 2 Diabetes Your Fault?

I recently got an irate letter (yes, an actual letter that was delivered by a mail carrier) from a man who said his wife had recently been diagnosed with diabetes and it’s all her fault. He said he’s been telling her for years that she had to lose we...

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Glucagon

Most of us have learned a lot about insulin, the hormone produced by the beta cells that works to let muscle and fat cells take up glucose from the blood, hence keeping our blood glucose (BG) levels at healthy levels. We know that if we have diabetes ...

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Could Metformin Actually Protect the Kidneys?

The drug metformin is not recommended for people with kidney disease. For this reason, some people think that metformin causes kidney disease. But new evidence suggests that metformin might actually protect the kidneys. For many people with type 2 di...

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Lettuce and Diabetes

Can insulin produced in lettuce cure type 1 diabetes some day? Possibly. In mice, it seems to modulate the immune attack on the beta cells that is the hallmark of type 1 diabetes. But the pathway is complex. Therapeutic insulin is usually injected. T...