Life With Type 2: Science Catches Up to Our Experiences

Scientists will tell you that they don’t consider anecdotes-personal stories about something-to be evidence that establishes a fact. Say you have 10 people swear they’ve been abducted by aliens, and all of their descriptions of the kidnapers match. That still wouldn’t be enough for scientists to declare that aliens are real. It would take other types of evidence, not just word of mouth, for the

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Diabetes Health Type 2 Diabetes: How (Non-Diabetic) Others See Us

It’s always fun to get a different take on things. You sit for years a few rows up from first base and then one day you decide to go sit out by left field. Who knew the game could look so different? Or maybe a friend pokes you and points at a person in the crowd, “Hey, he looks like you!” Intrigued, you look at

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12th Q&A With Dr. Bernstein

Can Januvia Trigger Cancer Symptoms? I have been a type 2 diabetic for more than 10 years, and have been on Januvia for about half that time (previously Avandia). I recently read a Dr. Mercola piece where he said that Januvia may trigger some type of cancer symptoms because of how it impairs the bodies natural tumor fighting properties. I am 68 years old and

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11th Q&A With Dr. Richard Bernstein

Why is your goal for A1c so much lower than the ADA’s 7% and AACE’s (American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists) 6.5%? An A1c of 7% is an average blood sugar of 180 mg/dl, which is more than double normal. You’re not going to be a  long-term healthy survivor with a long-term A1c of 7%. An A1c of 6.5%  corresponds to about 160 mg/dl. Again, this

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10th Q&A With Dr. Richard Bernstein

Are there supplements that help to decrease insulin resistance? Are there supplements that can increase insulin resistance? Low magnesium, also low vitamin D, can cause insulin resistance, and not surprisingly, most type 2 diabetics are magnesium- and/or  vitamin D-deficient. I check my  new patients’ red blood cell magnesium level, and their vitamin D level.  We try to get their red blood cell magnesium into the

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8th Q&A With Dr. Richard Bernstein

Diabetics with dental infection should have a longer course of antibiotics, up to a year. Is there an optimal timing of antibiotic that should be used? First of all, it varies with the person. If your blood sugars are going to be high because you’re not using precise blood sugar control, you are going to need the antibiotic for a longer period of time. When

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