Monthly Archives: July 2011

Does Drinking Diet Soda Cause Diabetes?

A reader wrote to say, “I just read a story in the news that said research published by the ADA shows diet soda can make you obese.  Should I stop drinking diet soda?” I saw that report, too, and at … Continue reading

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Diabetes and Complementary Medicine: A look at three plant-based remedies

This is part two of a two-part article on complementary medicine. Click here to read part one, Diabetes and Complementary Medicine: is there more than what Western medicine has to offer? ***** There are many plant-based remedies used for the … Continue reading

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Diabetes and Complementary Medicine: Is There More Than What Western Medicine Has To Offer?

So, you are not entirely satisfied with your blood glucose control and you don’t want to take another medication.  You have heard that Gymnema sylvestre can lower blood glucose and are considering trying it.  You have now entered the world … Continue reading

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Dr. Medha Munshi: tailoring diabetes care for older patients

The July 9 issue of The Lancet profiled Joslin’s Dr. Medha Munshi and her work in the field of Geriatric Diabetes. “As knowledge about diabetes has increased, treatments have become more effective, but also more complex. For older people, this … Continue reading

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Insulin and Weight Gain: What’s the Link?

The song says, “love and marriage, go together like a horse and carriage!” That’s how many people feel about insulin and weight gain; they’re stuck together and “you can’t have one without the other.” I am a great believer in … Continue reading

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Salt and Diabetes: Is There a Problem?

What’s so bad about a little snowflake-like crystal that has the power to help dry, preserve and flavor? Salt, which is 40% sodium and 60% chloride, is a much maligned spice.  Without sodium in our bodies we wouldn’t be alive. … Continue reading

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Three Choices for “Dosing” Insulin

Fear of needles is always one of the main reasons why people don’t want to switch to insulin. “Smaller, thinner needles cause much less pain,” explains Martin J. Abrahamson, M.D., Medical Director at the Joslin Clinic and Associate Professor of … Continue reading

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Diabetes Foot Care: Picking the Right Shoes

People with diabetes are prone to a number of problems with their feet, stemming from circulatory and nervous system complications which can contribute to pain and foot deformities By paying close, regular attention to your feet, you can prevent many … Continue reading

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Diabetes Foot Care: The Basics

When you have diabetes, it’s important to get your feet checked at least twice a year by a physician.  Having diabetes can lead to circulatory and nervous system problems which can contribute to pain and foot deformities. While abundant  information … Continue reading

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