Gretchen Becker

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Gretchen wrote for HealthCentral as a patient expert for Diabetes.

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High Intensity Insulin and Heart Health

Managing both diabetes and heart health may require less intense insulin treatments. Learn about how different treatments approaches can affect your heart.

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?

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.

Does Metformin Work in the Gut?

The drug metformin is one of the most common drugs prescribed to treat type 2 diabetes. When you’re diagnosed, most physicians prescribe metformin as well as suggesting diet and exercise changes. But not everyone can tolerate metformin. Some people g...

Blessed by Having Diabetes

I love yogurt, and I eat a lot of it. Well, actually I eat mostly kefir, which I make myself. But they’re similar. I’m on a low-carb diet, so of course I don’t eat the commercially flavored high-sugar yogurts on the market. I often mix strawberries (...

Tasty, Diabetes-Friendly Breakfasts

Breakfast is a particularly important meal for people with diabetes. But low-carb doesn’t have to be tasteless. Here are some good options.

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.

Processed Foods: What are the Facts?

One current approach to diet is to eat “real foods” and avoid “processed foods.” There’s a lot of good sense in that approach. But what, exactly, is meant by the term “processed foods”?

What To Know About The Side Effects of Diabetes Medications

When I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 1996, there were only three drugs to choose from: sulfonylureas, metformin, or insulin. The sulfonylureas make your pancreas produce more insulin. They have been used for decades and are relatively cheap, ...

Diabetes Risk and Blood Glucose

Is a blood glucose (BG) level above 100 mg/dL in someone who doesn’t have diabetes something to worry about? Most of us would say no. Many nondiabetics go up to about 120 mg/dL, sometimes even a little higher, after meals. But then they come back to ...