Drug And Food Interactions: More Common Than You Think

The headline sounded too good to be true. Scientists were reporting that the old-fashioned licorice stick contains a natural substance called amorfrutins that not only lowers blood sugar but also reduces inflammation. Great news, right? Not if you’re taking the heart medication Lanoxin, also known as digoxin. In that case, regularly snacking on even a modest amount of licorice could increase your risk for developing

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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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My Tricks for Great Holiday Eating

While daily meal planning can be tricky when someone in the family is living with diabetes, the holidays can be especially challenging. The landmines that are cookies, cakes, and other sweet treats are seemingly everywhere, waiting to implode a healthy meal plan. By some estimates, a traditional holiday meal can pack as many as 5,000 calories. But even as David Zinczenko of “Eat This, Not

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Type 1 Onset Linked to Low Vitamin D?

A report in the December issue of the journal Diabetologia says that a study of 1,000 active-duty military personnel who later developed type 1 diabetes showed that low levels of vitamin D significantly increased the chances of developing the disease. Researchers at the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of California San Diego matched blood samples that had been drawn from the

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Deborah Grona: Dancing Back to Life

Deborah Grona hadn’t danced with her husband in more than four years. “We fell in love on the dance floor,” says Grona, who had been unable to dance, or even stand for short periods of time, since developing the chronic pain that comes with diabetic neuropathy. Diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 1998, Grona was initially somewhat inattentive to her disease. “My mother was dying,

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Penny Hildreth: Finally Facing Diabetes

It was more than two decades ago, and Penny Hildreth was already feeling overwhelmed by life when she learned that she had type 1 diabetes. She was pregnant with her second child and worried about the baby’s safety after a car accident that had left Hildreth with a broken collarbone, a broken rib, and a punctured spleen. It was the spleen injury that ultimately led

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A Food for Thought Issue

Over the years, Diabetes Health has covered a vast array of diabetes-related topics, from recipes and sex to celebrity interviews and scientific research. This issue is no exception-I think you’ll find a lot to “chew on” here, especially in the three diet-related articles. Diabetes often causes nutritional deficiencies, and few people know that better than orthopedic surgeons. Patients with diabetes who need surgery often ask

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Vitamin Deficiencies in People With Diabetes: the Supplements You Need

As an orthopedic surgeon, I have many patients with diabetes who tell me, “I can’t have surgery because I won’t heal.” That is certainly not the case, however.  Diabetes does affect the small blood vessels and the function of immune cells when blood sugar is high, but with proper nutrition and blood sugar management, people with diabetes are very safe to undergo knee replacements, abdominal

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Dietary Supplements: Know Before You Swallow

A dietary supplement, also known as a food supplement or nutritional supplement, contains a “dietary ingredient” intended to supplement the diet by providing an element that might not otherwise be consumed. “Dietary ingredients” include vitamins, minerals, herbs and other botanicals, amino acids, and substances such as enzymes, organ tissues, and metabolites. Dietary supplements, which may be extracts or concentrates, come in many forms, including tablets,

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