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Diabetes Prevention and Treatment
Diets that are very complicated or very different from what you are used to are hard to follow. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) diet is a highly structured plan based on exchange lists. Although it serves its purpose of regulating calorie and sugar intake quite well, the ADA diet may be difficult for older people to use. Successful use of this diet requires considerable time spent planning meal patterns and food portions. Older people often have trouble with this diet because the food lists are long and complicated and require considerable memorization.

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Nitrosamine Impurities in Medications
November 2020
Since 2018, the FDA has found that certain commonly used medications contained unacceptable levels of nitrosamine impurities (contaminants) that are considered probable human carcinogens. Learn about the risks of nitrosamines and specific drugs that have been found to be contaminated with these compounds.
Numerous Drugs Have Dangerous Interactions with Alcohol
August 2019
Most U.S. adults drink alcohol at least occasionally. Many also take prescription or over-the-counter drugs that have the potential to inter¬act adversely with alcohol. Avoid serious harm by knowing which drugs should not be taken in combination with alcohol.
Question & Answer
January 2019
In response to a reader’s question about our article “Metformin: First-Choice Drug for Type 2 Diabetes” in the August 2018 issue, we discuss the risk of diarrhea and other adverse gastrointestinal effects that may occur when taking metformin.
Our Assessments of Medications Sometimes Change Over Time
December 2018
In his editor’s column, Dr. Michael Carome, prompted by a recent letter from one of our readers, discusses why our recommendations and designations for specific drugs sometimes change based on new information.
Potentially Dangerous Digoxin Drug Interactions
November 2018
Read about the numerous medications that can interact with digoxin, a drug commonly prescribed for heart failure and atrial fibrillation. These interactions can result in either digoxin toxicity or decreased digoxin effectiveness depending on the other drug being used concomitantly.
Metformin: First-Choice Drug for Type 2 Diabetes
August 2018
Learn why metformin is the drug of choice for the initial treatment of patients with type 2 diabetes who are not able to control their blood sugar through diet and exercise alone and who do not have severe kidney impairment.
News Brief for October 2017
October 2017
In this month’s news brief, we report on the FDA’s recent decision to partially grant a petition from Public Citizen to require the addition of a warning about a dangerous drug-drug interaction to product labeling of repaglinide-containing diabetes medications.
Drugs That Are Most Likely to Land Patients in the Emergency Room
June 2017
Many adverse drug reactions are severe enough to cause serious injury, hospitalization and even death. Find out which outpatient medications are most likely to cause adverse events that necessitate a visit to the emergency room.
Type 2 Diabetes: A Guide to Prevention and Treatment
May 2014
The treatment options for Type 2 diabetes can be overwhelming. This article provides a comprehensive summary of our independent expert views on the best approaches for preventing and treating this common disease.
Exenatide (BYDUREON) Injection to Control Blood Sugar in Type 2 Diabetes
May 2012
The article explains why you should not use the newly approved diabetes drug exenatide (BYDUREON), a long-acting dosage form of the previously approved BYETTA. Important safety concerns cited in the drug’s label and FDA warnings are also discussed.
Bladder Cancer Warning for Pioglitazone (ACTOS)
November 2011
Find out the full list of serious problems with pioglitazone (ACTOS) that cause it to be a DO NOT USE drug, of which bladder cancer is but the latest.
Review of Type-2 Diabetes Medication Liraglutide (VICTOZA)
April 2011
This article reviews the safety and efficacy of liraglutide (VICTOZA), a new medication used to treat type-2 diabetes.
Saxagliptin (ONGLYZA) - Another Diabetes Drug
February 2011
This article discusses why you should not use this newly approved diabetes drug until more is known about its safety.
Oral Drugs for Diabetes: Avoiding Hypoglycemia
May 2010
After explaining the symptoms of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) the article lists 42 prescription drugs that can interact with one or more diabetes drugs to increase the chance of hypoglycemia.
Type 2 Diabetes Drugs Fail to Improve the Most Serious Long-Term Complications
February 2010
The article discusses why all of these 16 diabetes drugs carry a label stating: "There have been no clinical studies establishing conclusive evidence of macrovascular risk reduction [heart attacks, strokes, etc] with oral antidiabetic drug[s]." The article also explains why lifestlyle changes such as diet and exercise to prevent or even treat type II diabetes are not heavily promoted or usually reimbursed.
A Review of Exenatide (BYETTA) for Type-2 Diabetes
November 2009
Because exenatide (BYETTA) is a new drug with increasing reports of severe, hospitalization-requiring pancreatitis and offers no significant breakthrough compared to other diabetes drugs, we urge readers not to use it until 2012--seven years after its approval, by which time much more will be known about its dangers.
Public Citizen Urges Immediate Ban of Rosiglitazone (AVANDIA)
December 2008
On Oct. 30, Public Citizen formally petitioned the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to immediately ban the dangerous diabetes drug rosiglitazone (AVANDIA) because the drug causes multiple types of serious toxicity.
Dangerous, Inappropriate Prescribing Of Diabetes Drugs Metformin (GLUCOPHAGE), Rosiglitazone (AVANDIA), And Pioglitazone (ACTOS) To Patients With Heart Failure
September 2003
Government-sponsored research published in the July 2, 2003 Journal of the American Medical Association found that the diabetes drugs metformin (GLUCOPHAGE), rosiglitazone (AVANDIA), and pioglitazone (ACTOS) were being prescribed inappropriately to patients with heart failure and that the inappropriate prescribing of these drugs has been increasing over time.