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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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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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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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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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Myths about diabetes

Myth:  Diabetics need to eat special diabetic foods. Truth:  Diabetic foods generally offer no special benefit.  Healthy foods are what diabetics should eat.  This includes foods low in fat, moderate in salt and sugar, whole grains, vegetables, and fruits. Myth:  … Continue reading

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Three types of diabetes. Do you have one?

Type 1, Type 2 and gestational diabetes are three types of diabetes each with different risks, all with increased blood sugars. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease, when the body’s immune system attacks itself.  In this case the body … Continue reading

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A medicine may delay type 2 diabetes by up to 10 years?! Yes.

This is a great feat!  Although I should place a caveat that TWICE as effective as this medicine for preventing diabetes is lifestyle modification with diet and exercise (see below for specifics). Metformin is a medicine that reduces the risk … Continue reading

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Diabetes is rampant. Here are some important statistics and risk factors…

In the past 20 years the prevalence of diabetes among US adults grew by 45%.  The greatest increase is among seniors aged 65 and over. The increase in diabetes is not especially surprising, but the magnitude of the increase is … Continue reading

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Do you have high blood pressure OR swelling of your ankles? Getting too much salt?

Sodium.  A villain of sorts.  Are you one of the 90% of Americans who consume too much sodium?  10 food categories account for a great deal of our sodium intake, per the Centers for Disease Control. The top 10 culprits … Continue reading

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