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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Bariatric surgery should be considered as treatment for diabetics with severe obesity

Nutritional Health, Obesity
Recently a friend at church, who is obese and has type 2 diabetes, asked if she should consider bariatric surgery. For my friend and the millions of Americans battling obesity and type 2 diabetes, here's the stunning recent recommendation: Gastric bypass surgery may actually reverse type 2 diabetes almost instantly before patients lose an ounce of weight. (more…)
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Coffee’s endless health debate is grounded in fact

Heart Health, Mental Health, Nutritional Health
Today, I have three blogs to encourage all of you who, when you wake up at the crack of dawn each day need your coffee. Some of you think it's healthy. Some of you worry it may not be. So, I hope these blogs will bring you the latest "medical news that you can use" on the health benefits and risks of a beverage that's chock full of antioxidants ... coffee. This first blog report is an excellent review of the published data published in USA Today: "I'm up every morning by 5 o'clock. Coffee gets the energy going," says the owner of Natalia's Elegant Creations in Falls Church, Va. Kost-Lupichuk is among 56% of American adults who drink coffee regularly, the National Coffee Association says. Though many refer to their java…
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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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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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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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Dr. Walt’s Take on the Health Headlines – May 30, 2008

Children's Health, General Health, Health Headlines, Heart Health, Men's Health, Mental Health, Nutritional Health, Parenting, Woman's Health
Here are my takes on some of today's health headlines: Vitamin D for babies may prevent type 1 diabetes A new systematic review reports to have "the strongest evidence to date" that supplemental vitamin D in babies and children may help reduce the risk of later development of type 1 diabetes by 29 percent. Readers of this blog have read me frequently comment on the host of health problems prevented by vitamin D. (more…)
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