This blog tracks updates to the Blood Sugar 101 Web site.

Friday, August 31, 2007

New Study: Doctors Ignore Dangerous Side Effects Reported by Patients

Page changed: Dangerous Drugs for People with Diabetes"

Added link to a new study showing that when patients taking a statin drug report serious known side effects doctors tell them the drug doesn't have side effects or otherwise ignore the report. This was true even when the side effect reported was one that can lead to severe problems--muscle deterioration.

Before you take ANY drug, you must read the prescribing information and if you can't understand it, post on an online discussion group until you do. Someone will explain it to you. Make sure you don't have any of the conditions that make taking your drug dangerous and make sure you know what the serious side effects are that have been reported for this drug.

Some of the common drugs prescribed to people with diabetes can be very dangerous!

New Page of Tips For Good Things To Eat That are Low Carb

Page Added: What Can You Eat When You are Cutting Carbs?

A list of ideas gathered from years of participation on

Also echoed in my Diabetes Update blog

Friday, August 24, 2007

Added Page About Online Support

Page Added: Finding Support Online

Added brief descriptions and pointers to Tu Diabetes, Diabetes Daily, and

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Added Google Search Bar and Ad Page to Support Site

Page changed: Home Page

Added a Google search bar at the very bottom of the page. This site has gotten huge and it can be tricky finding things. So I hope the tool bar will help.

Page Added: Clickthrough to Support this Site

Quite a few site visitors have asked how they could support the site. I've decided to experiment by putting a separate page with Google Ads on it as an option for those of you who feel that way. Google will pay us a pittance if you clickthrough on each ad. Once! Repeated clickthroughs will trigger their fraud alarms. The ads only appear on this one page so that the rest of the site remains, as it has always been, ad free.

Monday, August 13, 2007

FDA warns Several Red Yeast Extract Supplements Illegally Contain Lovastatin

Page changed: Supplements for Diabetes

Added FDA Aug 10 warning about Red Yeast Extract and other Cholesterol-lowering "natural supplements" that were found to contain lovastatin a prescription statin drug.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Information about Thiamine Deficiency and Benfotiamine

Page Changed: Supplements for Diabetes

Added reference to today's study described by the BBC that found thiamine deficiency in 76% of Type 1s and 75% of Type 2s and connected this with the possibility that this deficiency leads to microvascular complications. Added references to research published over the past couple years in Diabetes Care, Nature, etc. supporting the idea that supplementation with benfotiamine, a safe form of Thiamine, blocks damage by AGEs and improves neuropathy and retinopathy.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

New Page: The Best Books and Nutritional Software

Page Added: The Best Books and Nutritional Software

The books I recommend to people who want to supplement the information they find on this site.

Two excellent software products that can help you track your carb intake. Links to sites included.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Added reference to Corneal Sensitivity to Neuropathy Page

Page Changed: Neuropathy.

A Diabetes Care study finds that corneal sensitivity correlates to the degree of neuropathy in people with diabetes.