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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Diabetes (Overview)

A group of diseases that result in too much sugar in the blood (high blood glucose).


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What are the tests for diabetes?

What are the tests for diabetes?

Fasting: To diagnose diabetes we start with checking fasting glucose level ( after fasting for 12 hours) if the fasting glucose is elevated then will order hemoglobin A1c to monitor treatment ...Read more

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
3,331 doctors shared insights

Diabetes (Overview)

A group of diseases that result in too much sugar in the blood (high blood glucose).


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What are the treatments for diabetes?

What are the treatments for diabetes?

Depends on the type: If it is type 1 diabetes, Insulin is the treatment. For type ii diet and exercise can keep it completely under control. There are medications for those who do not wish to use diet and exercise. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of diabetes?

What are the symptoms of diabetes?

Excessive thirst: Some of the most common symptoms of diabetes mellitus are excessive thirst, excessive hunger, fatigue, and urinating frequently. ...Read more

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How are diabetes insipidus and diabetes mellitus different?

How are diabetes insipidus and diabetes mellitus different?

Very different: Diabetes mellitus is the typical "diabetes" that we are familiar with. It's caused by an Insulin problem (too little or just not working well (resistance)) causing elevation in blood sugar. Diabetes insipidus is a water problem characterized by lots of urination and high sodium level. It's caused by an ADH (vasopressin) (antidiuretic hormone) problem (too little or just not working well). ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of diabetes?

Excessive thirst: Some of the most common symptoms of diabetes mellitus are excessive thirst, excessive hunger, fatigue, and urinating frequently. ...Read more

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What are the complications or difficulties of diabetes?

What are the complications or difficulties of diabetes?

Too Many: The elevated glucose in the blood stream affects almost every tissue in your body, in a bad way. Brain strokes, heart attacks, teeth loss, kidney failure, peripheral neuropathy, blindness, dry eyes, prone to infections, foot ulcer and limb loss. ...Read more

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Possible complications of diabetes mellitus?

Possible complications of diabetes mellitus?

Many: Diabetes is a multi system disease. Therefore it can affect almost any part of your body. You name, i can tie a potential diabetic complication. I'll quickly go head to toe. 1: brain - stroke 2: eyes: blindness 3: heart: coronary disease 4: gi: gastroparesis (slowing) 5: genito/urinary: erectile dysfunction 6: legs: poor circulation this is just a small sampling! ...Read more

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How is gestational diabetes mellitus diagnosed?

How is gestational diabetes mellitus diagnosed?

High blood sugar: Pregnancy can make a woman's body resistant to Insulin (similar to type 2 diabetes). If she was not diabetic before being pregnant and meets one of several sets of criteria for diabetes after becoming pregnant, then she may have gestational diabetes. This gives her an increased risk of developing diabetes after delivering the baby. Usually found during routine glucose tolerance testing. Thanks! ...Read more

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How we can reduce the risk of diabetes?

How we can reduce the risk of diabetes?

Diet and exercise: The most effective way to decrease the risk of diabetes is to achieve and maintain a normal weight and to exercise regularly. There is also evidence that certain medications can decrease the risk, but diet and exercise are the most effective ways of preventing diabetes. ...Read more

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Is diabetes type II diabetes curable?

Is diabetes type II diabetes curable?

Yes and No.: Diabetes is genetic. We can treat the disease and then management will take care of the rest. Proper diet, exercise, management of stress all play a role. The younger you are and healthier you keep your ideal weight for age and height, the better chances you have to become "diet" regulated versus "medicine" regulated. Talk with your primary doc or meet with an endocrinologist. ...Read more

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How does diabetes cause diabetic retinopathy?

How does diabetes cause diabetic retinopathy?

Retinopathy: Retinopathy is unfortunately not uncommon in diabetes that is poorly controlled. If that is what you have you must see your eye doctor ASAP for careful evaluation and management. Do not delay or it will be too late! ...Read more

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What are some tips to help manage living with diabetes?

What are some tips to help manage living with diabetes?

Stay Healthy: You can live with diabetes through employment of regular cardiovascular exercise, proper nutrition (small frequent meals with fiber included with each meal and limitation of simple sugars) and normal weight maintenance. Maintain a positive attitude, check fingersticks regularly and make adjustments to your strategy based on the results. ...Read more

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Is gestational diabetes hereditary?

Is gestational diabetes hereditary?

Yes, but partially: Gestational diabetes, which is often a precursor to type 2 diabetes, has a strong hereditary genetic component. The tendency for the body to be insulin-resistant and insulin-deficient (leading to high sugars) are often transmitted in the genetic make-up. However, gestational diabetes is also strongly related to other non-hereditary factors like age, weight, physical activity levels, and diet habits. ...Read more

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Is there any danger to working out too hard with diabetes?

Is there any danger to working out too hard with diabetes?

Can be: The biggest risk is low blood sugar. Your Insulin requirement is based on resting metabolism. It is easy enough to remedy. Bring your testing supplies and some quick-release glucose, maybe even eat a small snack before. Stop if you have symptoms. Diabetics also risk for heart disease. Consult your doctor for specific recs. Exercise definitely encouraged! ...Read more

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Is diabetes genetic?

Yes: Type 2 diabetes is well know to run in families but type 1 diabetes does as well. Epidemiologic data shows that 1 in 400-500 people in the general population develops type 1 diabetes, but 1 in 20 people are at risk if a parent, sibling, or child has type 1 diabetes. However, research shows that genes don't tell the whole story and it suggests that unknown environmental factors also contribute. ...Read more

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Does everyone with diabetes mellitus have glycosuria?

Does everyone with diabetes mellitus have glycosuria?

No.: If you treat your diabetes aggressively you will not. Uncontrolled diabetes will eventually cause some degree of it. ...Read more

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