Diabetes and Proteinuria

by Jessica Pyhtila, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP It is common for people with diabetes to find out that they have protein in their urine. This condition, known as proteinuria, is a marker for kidney disease which can often occur in diabetes. For this reason, understanding what proteinuria is, and how to Continue Reading

Diabetes and Kidney Disease: What’s the Connection and How Can You Treat It?

by Jessica Pyhtila, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP At first, it may seem strange that diabetes can lead to kidney disease. However, diabetes is the most common cause of severe kidney disease in the United States. Further, kidney disease occurs in up to 40% of people with diabetes. The metabolic changes in Continue Reading

How Can I Lower My Blood Sugar?

by Justin Fowler-Lindner, a former EMT turned health writer This is the question on every diabetic’s mind! After all, so much of our lives revolve around worrying about that pesky blood sugar. Luckily, with the right techniques you can live a comfortable, low blood-sugar life. Dangers of High Blood Sugar Continue Reading

How Alcohol Impacts Blood Sugar

by Jessica Pyhtila, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP When you have diabetes, it is important to pay attention to everything that goes into your body. This includes alcohol. Drinking has an effect on many substances in the body, including the chemicals that regulate blood sugar. Further, these effects are not always predictable: Continue Reading

Metformin NDMA Contamination

by Jessica Pyhtila, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP Recent headlines have announced a series of metformin recalls due to contamination with a chemical called NDMA. As NDMA is a probable carcinogen, hearing about its health risks can be scary. However, it is important to understand that not all metformin is contaminated with Continue Reading

The Use of Stevia in Your Daily Life

by Grace Rivers, RDN, CDCES The stevia sweetener comes from the leaf of the stevia rebaudiana plant. There are many plant components, but the one used for sweetening our food and beverages is rebaudioside A and stevioside. These are both steviol glycosides. The only FDA approved form of stevia is Continue Reading

Intermittent Fasting versus Keto in Diabetes

by Jessica Pyhtila, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP When you have diabetes, one of the first things you learn is that managing your diet is important. Two dietary strategies have gained immense popularity over the past few years: intermittent fasting and the keto, or ketogenic, diet. Currently, about 10% of American adults Continue Reading

How to Reduce Diabetic Pain With Nutrition

by Justin Fowler-Lindner, a former EMT turned health writer If you have diabetes, neuropathy can be your worst nightmare. As the nerves in the hands and feet deteriorate, it can cause pain, tingling and numbness. Unfortunately, roughly 50% of diabetics experience neuropathy at some point during their lifetime. Arthritis is Continue Reading