• The Gift of Presence

    The benefits of connection with other people have been enumerated in the medical literature for years. Love and connection lowers your blood pressure, prevents heart disease, helps diabetes and avoids cancer.  It is the best medication we have. So this Christmas, instead of giving someone a tie or other gift they do not need, give […]

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  • Lose Weight Now!

    Christmas is approaching and you want to get into that beautiful dress you bought for holiday parties.  What do you do since you have put off losing weight all year?  What is reasonable? Tips for losing weight quickly: ·         Focus on the task at hand. ·         Record EVERYTHING you put into your mouth on the […]

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  • Cirrhosis is not just for Alcoholics Anymore…

    Say the word, “cirrhosis” and we think of alcoholic liver disease.  However, alcohol is not the only cause of fatty liver and cirrhosis. Fat accumulating in the liver for any reason can cause inflammation and scar tissue known as fibrosis.  When the fibrosis is severe, it can cause the liver to not work.  Severe fibrosis […]

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  • Be Grateful You Have Diabetes

    I know what you are thinking… Why should I be grateful for a chronic disease that involves practically everything I do as well as cause more medical problems if I don’t toe the line? Consider the following: 1.       Diabetes is well-defined.  You either have it or you don’t.  There are warnings that you may get […]

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  • Gazing, Grazing & Glazing: Surviving Thanksgiving

    How did Thanksgiving become about food?   Did the pilgrims consume 3000-5000 calories on the first Thanksgiving and fall into food comas in front of the TV?   If you have health problems which are made worse by eating (almost all of them), then maybe you want to do something differently this year. What would a pilgrim […]

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  • Forget Food Labels

    Everyone is trying to lose weight.  We are entranced by the latest diets.  You think, “Maybe after I do this diet, I can actually keep the weight off this time.”   For a brief shining moment when you are analyzing your food behavior, you actually seem to get it.  You are not hungry when you are […]

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  • HELP YOUR DIABETES MEDICATION WORK

    Current medications to treat diabetes are vast improvements over the past when all we had was insulin and sulfonylureas.  Many medications now actually correct multiple underlying genetic defects which cause Type 2 Diabetes. Unfortunately, these new medications are NOT MAGIC!!  They will not let you eat anything you want.  They will not make you exercise.  […]

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  • What’s next after Metformin?

    So many choices.  Medications for diabetes have exploded in number over the past few years.  Metformin, of course, is the first therapy for most people with insulin resistance, prediabetes or Type 2 diabetes.  But if the sugar can’t be controlled, what do you do? If your A1C is still over 7% on metformin and is […]

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  • Happy 95th Birthday, Metformin

    The chemical metformin is contained in the French lilac and was used for 2000 years.  In 1922, the molecule was isolated from the plant and used to lower blood sugar in rabbits by 1929.  However, the discovery of insulin eclipsed all other diabetes medications until the 1950s. By the 1950s, researchers realized that Diabetes is […]

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  • 4 steps to make clinical research better than flossing your teeth

    Every thought to yourself “I’m seeing my dentist Monday, I better floss my teeth”?   How about when the “out-of-town” boss visits your office?  Do you dress just a litter better for work?  There is something about being watched or measured that puts us on our best behavior.   The same is true if your medical doctor […]

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