Patients are asking me how to manage their diabetes during fasting

Nutritional Health, Spiritual Health
I have the privilege of being the Medical Director at the Mission Medical Clinic, a Christian clinic for the working poor in Colorado Springs. Because we care for our patients' physical, emotional, and spiritual needs, and because so many of our patients are diabetic, the question of how to fast when one is a diabetic comes up all the time. In addition, our patients need to fast before some lab tests or procedures. (more…)
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Nearly half of Americans have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes. Do you?

Men's Health, Woman's Health
Almost half of American adults, 45% of us, now have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes, according to a report from researchers from the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Los Angeles Times reports that "one in eight Americans has at least two of the conditions and one in 33 has all three, sharply increasing their risk." These "data come from the ongoing National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey." While "researchers should be able to use the new data to plan interventions, 'the main thing here is for people to be aware that they have these conditions and know that lifestyle modifications and medications can control them and reduce their risk for cardiovascular disease,' said epidemiologist Cheryl D. Fryar of the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics, one of…
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Coffee and Your Health

Heart Health, Nutritional Health, Woman's Health
Today I'm teaching the family medicine residents at the In His Image Family Medicine Residency Program in Tulsa, Oklahoma. One of them asked if there were any health benefits of coffee. Of course, long time readers on this blog know the answer to that question is a qualified YES. There are a number of coffee and health related studies that have come out just this year. In fact, two recently came out at an American Heart Association meeting. Among the findings: coffee drinkers are less likely to be hospitalized with heart rhythm disorders, which is a bit surprising because heart palpitations are more common among those who drink coffee. Bloomberg News reported that "while a shot of espresso may give people the sensation their hearts are racing, drinking more coffee reduced…
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Eating Processed Meat Riskier Than Red Meat

Heart Health, Nutritional Health
Here's some surprising information from the Harvard School of public health. It's an old news, new news story. First a reiteration of some old news: Eating processed meat such as bacon, salami, hot dogs, or lunch meats is associated with an increased risk for heart disease and diabetes. But, this old news becomes even more convincing since this particular report is based upon an analysis of 20 studies including more than 1.2 million adults. However, the new news is that the increased risk of heart disease and diabetes does NOT come from eating UNPROCESSED red meat, such as steak, lamb or pork. How about that for a shocker!? The risk comes from eating PROCESSED meats. The researchers theorize that the higher sodium and nitrate levels in processed meats are the…
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Senate report links Avandia to increased risk of heart attacks, death. What am I telling my Avandia patients to do?

Men's Health, Woman's Health
In a front-page story, the New York Times reported, "Hundreds of people taking Avandia [rosiglitazone], a controversial diabetes medicine, needlessly suffer heart attacks and heart failure each month, according to confidential government reports." A Senate Finance Committee review cites internal FDA documents that highlight a dispute among regulators that "has been brewing for years but has been brought to a head by disagreement over a new clinical trial." The Wall Street Journal reports that the Senate committee concluded that Glaxo was aware of the risks, but minimized the issue and attempted to suppress concerned physicians. The FDA's documents also indicate that agency scientists said the drug should be pulled from the market in 2008, but FDA chiefs rejected the recommendations. Now, agency commissioner Margaret Hamburg is expected to meet "with FDA scientists…
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Obese Children Twice as Likely to Die Young

Children's Health, Heart Health, Nutritional Health, Parenting
In my Amazon.com best-selling book, SuperSized Kids: How to protect your child from the obesity threat, I predicted that if we did not stem the epidemic of childhood obesity, that our children could become the first generation in American history to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. Now, the New York Times is reporting on a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine "that tracked thousands of children through adulthood found the heaviest youngsters were more than twice as likely as the thinnest to die prematurely, before age 55, of illness or a self-inflicted injury." While "youngsters with ... pre-diabetes were at almost double the risk of dying before 55, and those with high blood pressure were at some increased risk," it was obesity that was "most…
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Newly released test show most Milk Thistle supplements are substandard

Alternative Medicine, Nutritional Health
White Plains, New York — December 2, 2009 — A recent review by ConsumerLab.com of ten milk thistle supplements showed that only one met ConsumerLab.com’s quality standards.  Two products failed to properly list the part of the milk thistle plant used -- a FDA requirement.  Among the remaining supplements, only one contained the expected amount of silymarin compounds, which are believed to be the active constituents of milk thistle. Studies suggest silymarin may be helpful in type 2 diabetes and, possibly, certain liver conditions.  While most products claimed that their milk thistle extracts were standardized to 80% silymarin, ConsumerLab.com found actual amounts to range from 47% to 67%.  Sales of milk thistle in the U.S. have climbed for several years, reaching $95 million in 2008 according to the latest figures…
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The Ten Commandments of Preventive Medicine – Part 2 – Obesity

General Health, Men's Health, Woman's Health
In my newest book, 10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People, I teach people how to utilize the ten essentials that are necessary to live a happy and highly healthy life. Under The Essential of Self-Care, I’ve developed a list of what I call “The 10 Commandments of Preventive Medicine."  Here’s the second installment of this ten-part series. More information: (more…)
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Four lifestyle choices reduce risk of chronic disease 80 percent

Cancer, General Health, Heart Health, Medical Economics, Men's Health, Nutritional Health, Obesity, Woman's Health
What an interesting new study. It concludes that to dramatically reduce your healthcare costs, to lengthen your life, to improve the quality of your life, and, in short, to have a happier and more highly healthy life, you need to “only” do four things. More Information: (more…)
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An easier way to diagnosis diabetes is announced. I highly recommend it.

General Health, Heart Health, Men's Health, Obesity, Woman's Health
A blood test physicians use regularly to check the average blood sugar levels in people with diabetes is now being recommended as a tool to diagnose the disease. And, the test is much more convenient for patients, as it does not have to be done fasting. Furthermore, I predict that this test will help us doctors identify many of the people with diabetes that don't know they have it . . . and a whopping 40% of people with diabetes don't even know they have it! Could you be one of them? More Information: (more…)
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Want to get healthy? Will exercising 7 minutes a week work? How about 3 minutes?

Heart Health, Men's Health, Obesity, Woman's Health
One of the things people tell me is most difficult for them when it comes to starting to exercise regularly is just getting started. Now a study published in the journal BioMed Central Endocrine Disorders suggests that people unable to meet government guidelines calling for moderate to vigorous exercise 30 minutes a day, or several hours per week, can actually benefit from significantly less exercise. More Information: (more…)
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‘Research Miracle’ – Pancreas cells transformed into insulin producing cells

Bioethics, General Health, Health Headlines, Medical Missions
Biologists at Harvard say they've transformed one type of fully developed adult cell into another type. They transformed adult pancreas cells into insulin producing cells in mice. Could this be a potential cure for type 1 (insulin-dependent) diabetes? And, could this be the death knell for embryonic stem cell research? My Take? (more…)
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Worry ups men’s diabetes risk

Health Headlines, Men's Health
According to the BBC, a Swedish study is reporting that anxiety, depression, and sleepless nights increase the risk of diabetes in men. Researchers found men with high levels of "psychological distress" had more than double the risk of developing type 2 diabetes than those with low levels. My Take? (more…)
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CDC Reports a Steep Rise in Diabetes Patients in U.S.

Children's Health, General Health, Health Headlines, Heart Health, Medical Economics, Men's Health, Nutritional Health, Obesity, Parenting, Woman's Health
WebMD is reporting on the CDC's latest diabetes statistics – and, the results are gruesome. Nearly 24 million people in the U.S. have diabetes -- including almost 6 million who don't know they're diabetic -- and at least 57 million have prediabetes. Diabetes is the No. 7 cause of death among U.S. adults. Researchers reported last year that type 2 diabetes hastens heart disease and shortens lives by about eight years. My Take? (more…)
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Vaccine Myth #10: Vaccines, If Administered during the First Two Years of Life, Can Cause Diabetes

Children's Health, Parenting
One researcher claimed that infants immunized with one dose of Hib vaccine at twenty-four months of age were less likely to get diabetes than if they received four doses of the Hib vaccine (at three, four, six, and eighteen months of age). He concluded that the risk of diabetes could be reduced if children did not receive vaccines at a young age. After carefully reviewing the data, researchers discovered that analytic methods used in the study were incorrect. (more…)
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