Category Archives: Understanding diabetes

Why is my blood sugar high in the mornings?

Have you ever asked this question to yourself “why my blood sugar or my glucose is high in the morning”? High blood sugars in the morning are a fairly common problem that a lot of diabetic patients face on a daily basis. In the morning, almost everyone experiences a slight increase in blood sugar levels. […]

Low Blood Sugar, Everything You Need to Know!

What number is low blood sugar (glucose)? Most endocrinologists/diabetes doctors believe that below 70 mg/dl blood sugar is an alert level. Yet, clinically important biochemical low blood sugar ( hypoglycemia) is blood sugar below 54mg/dl. American Diabetes Association (ADA) has defined hypoglycemia (low blood sugar/glucose) in patients with diabetes as all episodes of an abnormally […]

Type 2 vs Type 1 Diabetes. Endocrinologist Review

Type 2 vs Type 1 Diabetes Type 1 diabetes is a result of the destruction of beta cells versus type 2 diabetes is a combination of insulin resistance and destruction of beta cells. Type 1 diabetes: Patients are positive for autoimmune markers such as certain antibodies vs Type 2 diabetes: There are no associated autoimmune […]

Diabetic retinopathy. How does an online diabetes doctor treat diabetic eye disease?

What are the risk factors for worsening diabetic retinopathy (diabetic eye disease) -Duration of diabetes The longer and the higher the blood sugars, the more chances are for the development of diabetic retinopathy. Both type I and type 2 diabetes patients can develop diabetic retinopathy even early on in their disease. Who will develop diabetic […]

Metformin & kidney, heart, liver problems? Cancer?

Metformin is the most widely used type 2 diabetic medication. Yet, there are a lot of questions about this medicine. Moreover, there are significant concerns about metformin side effects as well. Does it t cause cancer? Does metformin lead to kidney problems? Some people love it, and some people hated it. We will answer the […]

Does metformin cause weight loss?

David just found out that he had diabetes. His primary care doctor prescribed metformin to reduce his A1c. His goal with diabetes is to lose weight. He is curious whether metformin helps reduce his weight. So he asks does metformin cause a weight loss to his doctor. Let us answer David’s question. Endocrinologists and diabetologists […]

Diabetic kidney disease

Diabetes and kidney disease. How to prevent and how to treat? Endocrinologist review Did you know that chronic kidney disease due to diabetes is extremely common?  And yet, most patients do not know that they have it. Only 10 percent of diabetic people with stage 3 diabetic kidney disease are aware of their diagnosis.  This […]

Invokana Side effects vs benefits & Invokana coupon

Leslie just heard that Invokana can cause amputations.  She panicked.  Leslie has been on Invokana (generic: canagliflozin) for almost 2 years now.  She looks at her feet and smiles “they are still there”.  Okay, Leslie is a little dramatic but in reality, people get exposed to all sorts of information.  Most of the time they […]

What causes diabetes?

What causes diabetes is an extremely common question.  As you know there are many different types of diabetes.  The most commonly known type of diabetes is type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes.  Although they both result in high blood sugars, which causes type 1 diabetes versus type 2 diabetes is totally different.  In this […]

Insulin resistance, Prediabetes and Metabolic syndrome

How does insulin resistance lead to prediabetes, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome We define Insulin resistance as a less than normal response to normal insulin concentrations. Prediabetes is the condition between insulin resistance and diabetes. Metabolic syndrome is a combination of metabolic derangements such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Insulin resistance eventually leads to […]