Monthly Archives: February 2014

Weight Loss and Type 2 Diabetes: Changing the Paradigm

This post is written by Osama Hamdy, M.D., Medical Director, Obesity Clinical Program, Director of Inpatient Diabetes Management at Joslin Diabetes Center, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. In my research and clinical work in the Joslin Clinic, … Continue reading

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How Prednisone Affects Blood Sugar

It isn’t unusual for people with diabetes to sometimes require corticosteroid treatment. Corticosteroids, or steroids for short, are used to reduce inflammation and suppress the immune system. They are often a last resort for a wide variety of conditions, in … Continue reading

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Exercise in People with Type 1 Diabetes

Exercise is recommended for everyone with diabetes. In people with type 1 diabetes exercise provides many benefits—improved cardiovascular health, a psychological lift, stronger bones, stronger muscles and more restful sleep. It evens aids in weight loss and improved insulin sensitivity. … Continue reading

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Childhood Obesity and Double Diabetes

Approximately 12.5 million children and adolescents in the United States are classified as obese. That’s 17 percent of people aged 2 to 19, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  The number of children who are obese … Continue reading

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What is LADA?

LADA isn’t the newest version of a hot coffee and milk beverage; rather it stands for latent autoimmune diabetes in adults.  You may not have heard of it—it isn’t as common as type 2 diabetes or gestational diabetes, or even … Continue reading

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What About the Wheat Belly Eating Plan?

The last ten years have engendered an explosion of all sorts of low-carbohydrate diets from Atkins to Paleo. Many of these diets not only condemn excess quantities of carbohydrate, but focus on eliminating a particular type of carbohydrate, whether that … Continue reading

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The (Small) Risks of Statins

Statins are highly beneficial drugs. They work very well and are quite safe. Many people have used statins for a long time with absolutely no side effects. Lovastatin (Mevacor®) was the first statin approved more than 25 years ago. Statins … Continue reading

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Playing Tunes and Raising Funds for Joslin Pediatrics

For the past 25 years, Mel Stiller has spent his Friday nights playing tunes and leading sing-a-longs in the piano bar at Jacob Wirth Restaurant in Boston. Patrons eat, drink, and sing oldies and classic rock songs from 8 until … Continue reading

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A Valentine’s Day Round Up

Have a Diabetes-Friendly Valentine’s Day! Valentine’s Day…the “Hallmark holiday” of romantic love. People everywhere use this holiday as a day to express their love to others by sending greeting cards, flowers, valentines, and lots and lots of chocolate. But there … Continue reading

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Joint Pain: A Q&A with Jeffrey Richard, Exercise Physiologist

This Q&A was conducted by Nora Saul, M.S., R.D., C.D.E., Manager of Nutritional Services at Joslin. It is a foregone conclusion that good nutrition and adequate physical activity go hand-in-hand in maintaining health. That’s why the amount and type of … Continue reading

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