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Winning the Battle, but Losing the War

A cynical oncologist once told me that his goal was to help patients to live long enough to die of a heart attack. A cardiologist who was there retorted that he was aiming to let his patients live long enough to get hit by a bus Not the most compassionate …

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Reducing High Blood Glucose in the Hospital: An Inside Job

Maintaining glucose levels as close to normal as possible is a good thing. Regular readers of this Viewpoint know that I am a strong advocate of tight blood sugar control because this approach leads to fewer diabetic complications. These complications, such as diabetic retinopathy (eye disease), nephropathy (kidney disease), and …

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The “Zone” Diet

The popular “Zone” program essentially recommends a diet comprised of 40 percent carbohydrates, 30 percent protein, and 30 percent fat. Since the majority of calories are derived from carbohydrates it cannot, by definition, be a low-carbohydrate diet. It also can contain less protein than the ADA’s recommendation. Since it is …

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As we examine characteristics of diabetic retinopathy it shows to have very similar pathologies to that of both nephropathy and neuropathy. Its development seems to be slightly more common in Type II than Type I diabetes, especially at or shortly after the time of the actual diabetic diagnosis. Regardless the …

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Dr. Peter Forsham the noted diabetes specialist from the Univ. of California at San Francisco presented a lecture that I attended as a young professor that impressed me. He stated “if you know diabetes, you know medicine since diabetes effects every tissue and organ system from head to toe”. He …

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The Role of Exercise in the Treatment of Arthritis

Arthritis is one of the most common diseases in the United States, affecting over 43 million Americans, or one out of every six people (Helmick, et al., 1995). Arthritis encompasses more than 100 diseases and conditions affecting joints, the surrounding tissues and other connective tissues. Symptoms include pain, aching, stiffness, …

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Looking For Lipid In All The Wrong Places

Consider a hamburger. When most of us eat a burger, we stop thinking about it the moment the hunger pangs disappear. You may think about it for an extra few minutes if it was especially greasy and it gives you a stomachache, but that’s it. In fact, the really interesting …

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Antioxidants- What we know, What we need to know

Antioxidants have received a lot of attention in recent years, in relation to wellness and disease prevention. More studies are needed to better understand how antioxidants may affect diabetes management and treatment.  Several vitamins and minerals are classified as antioxidants. An antioxidant is a substance that reduces cellular damage. Our …

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