Category Archives: Diabetes

Diabetes management

Diabetes management!  I recently attended a lecture on diabetes management.  Here are the  nuts and bolts… There are three pillars of diabetes management…  It’s best to max out #1 and #2 or you and your physician will need to travel … Continue reading

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Are aspirin and/or fish oil needed for diabetics?

Are aspirin and/or fish oil helpful for diabetics?  The ASCEND trial results show that low-dose aspirin and fish oil supplements have not resulted in significant clinical benefit. The ASCEND (A Study of Cardiovascular Events in Diabetes) study included 15,480 diabetic … Continue reading

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Want better eye health?

There are four common conditions that cause vision loss as we age. Diabetic retinopathy.  If you have diabetes, you should be seen by an ophthalmologist.  The timeframe for starting these yearly eye visits are 5 years after type1 diabetes and … Continue reading

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Have you been told you have high blood pressure?

Have you been told you have high blood pressure?  If so, you are not alone.  Hypertension affects 1/3 of Americans.  High blood pressure is considered a “modifiable risk factor” for cardiovascular disease, stroke kidney failure and death.  Modifiable means that … Continue reading

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Non-alcoholic fatty liver, an epidemic

Did you know that non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most frequent cause of chronic liver disease in the US and around the world?  Yes!  It is.  Researchers think that nearly one-third of Americans has this disease.  There is … Continue reading

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Who and why should we screen for diabetes?

Why should we care about diabetes screening?  Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to blindness, limb amputation, kidney failure, and vascular and heart disease. Does it work?  Screening patients before signs and symptoms has been found to lead to earlier diagnosis (and … Continue reading

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Asthma increases women’s heart disease risk

A history of asthma was independently associated with a 24% increase in the risk of new-onset heart disease (meaning strokes and heart attacks) among postmenopausal women. The Women’s Health Initiative study including 90,168 women between ages 50 – 79 showed … Continue reading

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Homemade meals even better!

Another reason to cook a homemade meal… lower risk of type 2 diabetes!  How fantastic is that?! A long-term prospective study of nearly 100,000 health care professionals showed that those who ate an average of 11-14 home-prepared lunches and dinners … Continue reading

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When should you take your high blood pressure medicine? Does timing matter?

Maybe so!  If you take blood pressure medication, you may receive more benefit if you take at least one of the pills  at bedtime. Taking the medication at bedtime was associated with lower diabetes risk.  This was based on a … Continue reading

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Why do diabetics need annual eye exams?

Because there are eye complications that diabetics are especially at risk for and , if found early, can be normalized. I take care of many people with diabetes. As a family physician, I help manage their blood sugars. Standard of … Continue reading

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