• Doctor, Could it be my Thyroid?

    Ever asked your doctor that question?  It is not an unusual question.  Since the thyroid affects practically every cell in the body, it may be responsible for quite a few symptoms. The thyroid regulates your metabolic rate or how fast you burn calories for energy.  The thyroid is blamed for weight gain all the time.  […]

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  • Having a Fatty Liver is Not Funny

    Along with the increase in obesity and diabetes, fatty liver is becoming more and more common.  Over 25% of the population may be diagnosed with it.  Risk factors include abdominal obesity, diabetes, insulin resistance and elevated triglycerides.  About 20% of people with fatty livers will develop inflammation of the fat leading to NASH which is […]

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  • Burning, Tingling & Bloating- Sugar Coated Nerves

    Even mildly elevated sugar in the bloodstream sticks to the small nerve endings in the feet first.  The sugar coated nerve endings cause the nerves to send out the wrong signals.  These signals may indicate tingling or burning rather than touch.  The sensations may be worse at night when the feet are not supporting the […]

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  • Do You Have a Sweet Heart?

    Just as syrup coats your pancakes, high sugar in the blood sticks to all the blood vessels in the body.  Overtime, plaque builds up in the arteries.  Inflammation and rupture of the plaque causes loss of blood flow to the heart or brain or extremities leading to tissue damage. People with diabetes are 2-4 times […]

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  • Insulin… Friend or Foe?

    Much has been written about the evils of making too much insulin. The Keto Diet is predicated on the fact that eating carbs therefore increasing insulin production will cause weight gain. Insulin is made by a very small number of islet cells living in the pancreas.  They secrete insulin into the veins that go to […]

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  • Why Are There so Many Medicines for Diabetes?

    Theoretically, since there are at least 300 genetic defects which cause Type 2 Diabetes, over 300 different classes of medications should exist.  One group for each defect.   Not there yet. What do the drugs that we have do for someone with diabetes?  Metformin is usually the first one used to treat Type 2 Diabetes.  Why?  […]

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  • Diabetes 101: Back to the Basics

    Anyone who has poured syrup on pancakes knows what happens if the coated pancake jumps off the plate into your lap. The syrup sticks to everything.  You have a hard time getting it off.   You wish you had not even put it on your food. Now you know what the inside of your body feels […]

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  • Still scared of being a guinea pig?

    When some people are asked if they are interested in participating in a clinical research trial, they often respond by saying, “No. I don’t want to be a guinea pig.” What do they mean by that? Do they worry that we will put them in a cage with a wheel or send them through an […]

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  • Forget the Resolutions

    Forget the list of resolutions you made last year.  Do you like feeling like a failure? Instead make a list of your accomplishments from last year.    Some people would call it a “year end review”.  Others say make a “ta-da” list rather than a “to-do” list. Did you lose weight or inches in your waist?  […]

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  • 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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