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David Spero has been a nurse for 32 years and has lived with multiple sclerosis for 25 years. He is author of two books: The Art of Getting Well: Maximizing Health When You Have a Chronic Illness (Hunter House 2002), and Diabetes: Sugar-coated Crisis – Who Gets It, Who Profits, and How to Stop It (New Society 2006). He writes for Diabetes Self-Management and Arthritis Self-Management magazines. He is a project director with New Health Partnerships: Improving care by Engaging Patients, a project of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.
SGLT1 and 2 are proteins that move glucose out of the intestines and kidneys. Blocking them might keep glucose in the intestines and cause more glucose to be urinated out via the kidneys, lowering blood sugar levels. That’s what “SGLT inhibitor” drugs try to do…
Two years ago, a European study found that people who eat faster have two-and-half times more chance of developing diabetes. Now there is more evidence that slow eating is a powerful diabetes treatment…
Doctors are starting people with Type 2 diabetes on insulin sooner, sometimes at diagnosis. But two recent studies give reason to question this treatment. If you have Type 2, is insulin right for you?
Two famous studies showed that tight control of glucose did not cause a statistically significant reduction in heart attacks or early death. But roughly 20 years after the studies ended, tight control subjects are living longer and healthier than those who were in the comparison groups. What is going on?
At least people pay attention to diabetes now. Thousands of scientists are researching it. Many of them came to San Francisco last week to share their findings, and I was lucky to be there. I’ll write about it for the next several weeks…
Is exercise good for you? Kind of, but recent studies show that having active fun is better. If physical activity (exercise) is seen as work, or as something you have to do, it’s not as healthful…
What does the Affordable Care Act (the ACA, also known as “Obamacare”) mean for people with diabetes? ACA makes some changes that should help people with diabetes, and some that maybe aren’t so good…
We know insulin resistance contributes to Type 2 diabetes. But resistance to another hormone called leptin also contributes big time. Fortunately, we may be able to turn down both kinds of resistance…
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