By: Terry Graedon January 13, 2022 10 Comments
    Kids Are Coming Down with Diabetes After Getting…

    People with diabetes are at higher risk for complications from COVID-19. Now, the CDC reports that the virus puts children at greater risk for coming down with diabetes (MMWR, Jan. 7, 2022). Rates of …

    By: Joe Graedon December 27, 2021 20 Comments
    Is Metformin a Miracle or a Menace?

    The diabetes drug metformin has a lot of friends and foes. It never fails to amaze us when people try to either put a medicine on a pedestal or have the FDA ban it. Most drugs have both benefits and r…

    By: Terry Graedon December 23, 2021 5 Comments
    Vitamin B12 Helps Ease Nerve Pain of Diabetes

    People with type 2 diabetes often develop a painful nerve disorder called diabetic neuropathy. People with this condition may experience numbness, tingling, burning or pain in their hands or feet. The…

    By: Joe Graedon December 6, 2021 14 Comments
    Do Statins Increase the Risk for Diabetes or Not…

    The guidelines are crystal clear. According to the American Heart Association, everyone with type 2 diabetes should be taking moderate-intensity statins.  As far as we can tell, there are no exceptio…

    By: Joe Graedon November 22, 2021 14 Comments
    Does Red Yeast Rice Raise Blood Sugar Levels Lik…

    Many people are reluctant to take statins because of side effects like muscle pain and weakness. But their doctors are often quite adamant that they need to lower their LDL cholesterol. Sometimes peop…

    By: Joe Graedon October 18, 2021 46 Comments
    If Statins Cause Diabetes, Why Should ALL Diabet…

    The guidelines from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology are crystal clear. Middle-aged people with diabetes (both type 1 and type 2) should be on a statin-type choles…

    By: Terry Graedon October 18, 2021 20 Comments
    Can You Lower Blood Sugar with Cinnamon?

    You've no doubt heard that type 2 diabetes has reached epidemic levels in this country and many others. That means that millions more people have pre-diabetes, blood sugar that is headed in the wron…

    By: Terry Graedon October 7, 2021 4 Comments
    Show 1275: The Vicious Cycle of COVID and Diabet…

    There are at least two pandemics raging through the world at this time. The first is obesity. The second is, of course, COVID-19. Diabetes sits uncomfortably at their intersection. In a vicious cycle,…

    By: Joe Graedon October 5, 2021 29 Comments
    Statins and Diabetes! A LONG Delayed Warning

    Our first inkling that statins and diabetes might be a problem came in 2003. That’s when a reader of our syndicated newspaper column reported a rapid rise in blood sugar after taking atorvastatin (L…

    By: Terry Graedon September 30, 2021 3 Comments
    Unexpected Complications with Sucralose

    Many people trying to lose weight cut back on sugar by substituting artificially sweetened beverages for their favorite soda. Scientists have not been able to establish whether that tactic is effectiv…

    By: Joe Graedon September 27, 2021 15 Comments
    People Are Dying Because of the High Cost of Med…

    In the movie Wall Street we are told by actor Michael Douglas (Gordon Gekko) that “greed is good, greed is right, greed works, greed clarifies, cuts through and captures the essence of the evolution…

    By: Terry Graedon September 16, 2021 5 Comments
    Show 1272: How Your Eyes Reveal Your Health

    You may have heard that the eyes are the window to the soul. That could be difficult to prove, but scientists have now shown that the eyes offer significant clues to your overall health. Most exciting…

    By: Terry Graedon September 6, 2021 7 Comments
    Will Cinnamon Help You Control Your Blood Sugar?

    You may never have thought much about controlling your blood sugar unless your doctor said you should. Unfortunately, millions of people around the world have type 2 diabetes or are at risk for it. In…

    By: Terry Graedon September 2, 2021 12 Comments
    You Are What You Eat: Is Your Diet Killing You?

    For years, researchers have sought to answer the question: Is our diet killing us? Unfortunately, too often what we eat and what we skip contributes to disease and death. We’ve all heard that what w…

    By: Terry Graedon September 2, 2021 6 Comments
    Is Inexpensive Food Undermining Public Health?

    Are US government agricultural subsidies undermining public health? A study several years ago suggested that people who eat a lot of foods made from subsidized crops such as corn, soybeans, wheat and …

    By: Terry Graedon August 30, 2021 0 Comments
    How Does Metformin Affect Vitamin D Status?

    Millions of people take metformin, a versatile drug. Since it reduces insulin resistance, doctors often prescribe to people with type 2 diabetes to help with blood sugar control. However, oncologists …

    By: Terry Graedon August 26, 2021 6 Comments
    Are Pecans Good for Your Heart?

    Have you ever wondered whether your favorite food is good for your heart? If your favorite foods include ice cream and cookies, you don't have to wonder. The answer is a clear no. If you love oatmeal …

    By: Joe Graedon August 19, 2021 204 Comments
    Metformin (Glucophage) Side Effects & Compl…

    The fascinating compound called metformin was discovered nearly a century ago. Scientists realized that it could lower blood sugar in an animal model (rabbits) as early as 1929, but it wasn't until th…

    By: Joe Graedon July 26, 2021 1 Comments
    Diet and Exercise Prevent Diabetes as Well as Me…

    Is There a Way to Prevent Diabetes? Fifteen years ago, a study called the Diabetes Prevention Program showed that diet and exercise work as well to prevent diabetes among high-risk individuals as taki…

    By: Terry Graedon July 15, 2021 26 Comments
    How to Choose Whole Grains for a Longer Life

    Nutrition experts have long been advising us to eat whole grains, and epidemiologists have evidence that getting three servings of whole grains daily can reduce the chance of an early death. In fact, …

    By: Terry Graedon June 3, 2021 3 Comments
    Tai Chi Can Help Control Waist Size

    Expanding waistlines are not attractive, but they're not just a cosmetic problem. Big bellies, also known as “central obesity” or "abdominal adiposity," are often linked with high blood pressure, …

    By: Terry Graedon May 27, 2021 1 Comments
    When Do You Get the Most Benefit from a Workout?

    It's no secret that exercise is good for your health. Research has shown that physical activity can help reduce the risk of dementia as well helping to control depression, diabetes and high blood pres…

    By: Terry Graedon May 6, 2021 12 Comments
    Show 1257: The Metabolical Results of the Americ…

    Dr. Robert Lustig has been warning us all about the hazards of sugar since 2009, when his YouTube lecture “Sugar: The Bitter Truth” went viral. As a pediatric neuroendocrinologist, he spent much o…

    By: Terry Graedon April 29, 2021 1 Comments
    Is Type 2 Diabetes Linked to Dementia Risk?

    Some experts who study Alzheimer disease have suggested that it is closely linked to the metabolic problems of diabetes. Alternatively, they have proposed a diabetes-related dementia may differ from c…

    By: Joe Graedon April 29, 2021 4 Comments
    Can You Delay Alzheimer Disease with Drugs for D…

    People with Alzheimer’s disease have distinctive lesions within their brains. Individuals with diabetes also have pathological changes resembling those seen in patients with Alzheimer’s disease. P…

    By: Terry Graedon April 19, 2021 5 Comments
    Will Natural Sugar Substitute Xylitol Raise Bloo…

    If you have been told your blood sugar may be too high, whether or not you have diabetes, you may be looking for foods that could lower it. Sugar, honey and maple syrup all raise blood sugar. What abo…

    By: Terry Graedon April 4, 2021 20 Comments
    Psyllium Fiber Is Versatile Remedy

    Psyllium fiber has become a household name, especially in the brand name formulations where it is found: Konsyl, Metamucil, Nature's Way Psyllium, and dozens more. From the 1930s to the 1960s a produc…

    By: Dennis Miller, RPh April 4, 2021 5 Comments
    Type 2 Diabetes, Largely Preventable, Accounts f…

    This is an excerpt from Dennis Miller’s explosive new book The Shocking Truth About Pharmacy: A Pharmacist Reveals All The Disturbing Secrets. The entire book is available for download from Amazon f…

    By: Terry Graedon March 22, 2021 4 Comments
    Diet and Exercise Can Help You Manage Diabetes

    Being told you have a chronic health problem like type 2 diabetes can be frightening. It often triggers a cascade of prescriptions intended to manage diabetes and keep blood sugar under control. Using…

    By: Terry Graedon January 14, 2021 6 Comments
    Show 1242: How the Dental Diet Can Lead to Bette…

    Imagine a dental diet designed to keep your teeth and gums in good health. What does it look like? Does it have any impact on your health beyond the limit of your tongue? A Dentist Champions the Denta…

    By: Joe Graedon December 30, 2020 6 Comments
    More Metformin Recalls Distress Diabetes Patient…

    Metformin is the most popular diabetes drug in the world. At last count, nearly 90 million prescriptions are dispensed every year for this medicine. But last December the FDA announced that it was pay…

    By: Terry Graedon October 15, 2020 9 Comments
    How Your Home Address Affects Your Health

    Where people live can have a profound impact on their risk of developing certain chronic health conditions. Scientists have been able to map the differences in health conditions across the United Stat…

    By: Terry Graedon October 12, 2020 10 Comments
    Are Popular Drugs Responsible for the Diabetes E…

    We’re in the middle of a pandemic, but you already knew that. We’re also in the middle of an epidemic. It has been going on for decades and the long-term health consequences could be even more gra…

    By: Terry Graedon August 24, 2020 2 Comments
    Will Ozempic Be Safe Over the Long Term?

    Over the past several years, the FDA has approved a number of injectable medications designed to help people with type 2 diabetes control their blood sugar. You may have seen some of them advertised o…

    By: Terry Graedon July 23, 2020 10 Comments
    Cinnamon May Offer a Surprising Way to Reverse P…

    Prediabetes is an often-undiagnosed condition that frequently leads to the development of type 2 diabetes. In the past, scientists have found that intensive lifestyle changes or medications such as me…

    By: Terry Graedon July 16, 2020 0 Comments
    Can You Reduce Your Chance of Getting Diabetes?

    Type 2 diabetes has been increasing at an alarming rate, not just in the US but also around the world. Most clinicians believe that obesity puts a person at serious risk of this condition. However, th…

    By: Terry Graedon June 18, 2020 14 Comments
    Is a Late Dinner a Problem?

    In the comic strip "Blondie," the cartoonist Chic Young often featured Blondie's goofy husband Dagwood Bumstead. Frequently, Dagwood built himself a towering sandwich as a midnight snack. Now, new res…

    By: Joe Graedon June 15, 2020 30 Comments
    Can You Believe FDA’s Drug Safety Claims?

    How do you define the word safe? We suspect that most people would start with a synonym such as harmless. Others might say free from risk or danger. The FDA’s drug safety claims, however, may includ…

    By: Terry Graedon June 11, 2020 8 Comments
    Show 1216: How Sugar Interferes With Healthy Dec…

    The telomeres that cap our chromosomes are a good way to gauge biological aging. Dr. Elissa Epel, who studies aging and metabolism at UCSF, has found a link between soda consumption and cellular aging…

    By: Terry Graedon June 11, 2020 19 Comments
    Can You Change Your Microbiota With Diet?

    Since the turn of the 21st century, scientists have learned a great deal about our microbiota, the collections of microbes each of us hosts in and on us. They have been discovering fascinating links b…