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Dr. Alvin Fried

Diabetology
Avenel, NJ
65 years experience

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In private practice of internal medicine for 37 years with a sub-specialty in diabetes. Was associate medical director of a diabetes treatment center for five years. Has published articles on several subjects, including diabetes. Latest accomplishment is an instructional DVD on the basics of diabetes entitled "Diabetes Sweet 'n Simple". The DVD explains diabetes in simple every-day terms with illustrations that anyone can understand. The details are available on the website www.diabetesempowerment.com.

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Diabetology

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112 Answers
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Fried
Diabetology 65 years experience
YES!: It sounds like your foot is infected. See a doctor as soon as possible.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Fried
Diabetology 65 years experience
Probably: Since prediabetes is the forerunner of diabetes, which is a genetically related disease, the prediabetes is most likely genetic. However, the exact g... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Fried
Diabetology 65 years experience
Perhaps: You are certainly at increased risk with diabetes in the family, but you might not get it - especially if you keep your weight down and exercise regul... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Fried
Diabetology 65 years experience
Usual way: Diabetes is caused by Insulin resistance and certain genetic factors. While the vast majority of diabetics are overweight, the abnormalities can occu... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Fried
Diabetology 65 years experience
Don't know: There is a lot of reasearch being done on this but there is no wasy of establishing a timetable for the final product.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Fried
Diabetology 65 years experience
Hang in there: Losing weight is a frustrating proposition. In the beginning a lot of the lost weight is water, which comes out readily. After that it becomes a mat... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Fried
Diabetology 65 years experience
Perhaps: Diabetes is not the only reason for sweet craving. It might simply be a habit of yours. The only way to tell if you have diabetes is to have a blood... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Alvin Fried
Diabetology 65 years experience
Diabetic control: The treatment of diabetic retinopathy involves both full evaluation by an eye specialist and possibly such things as laser treatment and a very seriou... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Fried
Diabetology 65 years experience
Sugar control: Maintaining close contact with your primary care physician and/or an endocrinologist is the first order of things to do. The blood sugar should be co... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Alvin Fried
Diabetology 65 years experience
Ophthalmologist: This condition needs an eye specialist to treat the condition itself. However, you should be in consultation with your primary care doctor or endocri... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Fried
Diabetology 65 years experience
30-300 mg/day: Microalbuminuria is Albumin excretion between 30 and 300 mg/ day. The normal kidney will put out less than 20 mg/day., .
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Fried
Diabetology 65 years experience
Yes and no: If the glycosuria is caused by diabetes, obviously controlling the diabetes will correct the glycosuria. Glycosuria can also occur in some people wit... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Fried
Diabetology 65 years experience
Not a good idea: In general, diet pills contain medication that is chemically related to amphetamines that tend to raise blood sugar. On the other hand, if the diet pi... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Fried
Diabetology 65 years experience
Probably not: In general, dehydration should cause blood tests to be abnormally high as the serum is concentrated. This is almost impossible to research, but is my... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Fried
Diabetology 65 years experience
Many various: There are many different causes of epilepsy and, therefore, many different medications used to treat it. Probably the most well-known medications are... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Fried
Diabetology 65 years experience
Insulin: It is treated with an intravenous drip of Insulin and attention to proper fluid replacement. It is a potentially serious condition and should only be... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Fried
Diabetology 65 years experience
Under 6: Most laboratories will list the normal range of hba1c as 4-5.9. If you have diabetes your doctor will probably try to get your hba1c below 6.5 - bu... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Fried
Diabetology 65 years experience
No: Since the cause of type 1 diabetes is not known, it is impossible to prevent it. There is a lot of research that is going on and perhaps the cause wi... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Fried
Diabetology 65 years experience
Intestine: The salmonella bacteria enter the body through the GI tract and then gain access to the bloodstream by going through the lymphatic channels on the int... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Fried
Diabetology 65 years experience
Good: As with any infection, it depends entirely upon how early in the disease the diagnosis is made, how generally healthy you are in general and how the i... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Fried
Diabetology 65 years experience
5%: The blood glucose meters should be accurate to withinh 5%. This means that a blood sugar of 100 could be reported by the meter as anywhere from 95 to... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Fried
Diabetology 65 years experience
Tumors: Hydrea (hydroxyurea) has been used to treat certain cancers such as melanoma, chronic myelocytic leukemia, and some head and neck tumors. It has also... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Fried
Diabetology 65 years experience
Many things: It can be caused by long periods of uncontrolled diabetes, some medications such as steroids, chronic illnesses such as alcoholism, acute illnesses su... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Fried
Diabetology 65 years experience
No: There is no information in the official literature for Lexapro (escitalopram) that hypoglycemia is a side effect.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Fried
Diabetology 65 years experience
Perhaps: There are several different causes of hypoglycemia. Some causes are medical or drug induced and would not be hereditary. One form called reactive hy... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Fried
Diabetology 65 years experience
Very reliable: There is a specific technique that miust be followed when doing finger sticks. If the procedure is properly performed the results are quite reliable.... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Fried
Diabetology 65 years experience
Sugar levels: The purpose of a fingerstick test is to determine the level of your blood sugar at that particular moment. A drop of blood is placed onto a strip tha... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Fried
Diabetology 65 years experience
Limited: The only natural way of increasing circulation is by exercising the part of the body involved, usually your legs. This would have to be done under cl... Read More
A 61-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Fried
Diabetology 65 years experience
None: With today's knowledge it is not considered possible to eliminate diabetes. However, if you pay attention to the diet and exercise and medication rou... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Fried
Diabetology 65 years experience
Most of them: There are a great variety of multi-vitamins that have the whole spectrum of b vitamins. At least 500 mg of vitamin c is a good idea and if it contain... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alvin Fried
Diabetology 65 years experience
Almost anything: This may seem like a strange answer, but it must be done in the setting of a formally set up diet in consultation with a registered dietician. A diet... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Fried
Diabetology 65 years experience
Possibly both: The answer to controlling diabetes lies in the integration of taking the right meds to control the sugar without hypoglycemic swings when following th... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Fried
Diabetology 65 years experience
More info: To answer this properly i would need to know what your usual dose is and how often you take it. The generic answer would be that the effects of the e... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Fried
Diabetology 65 years experience
Neither: A normal blood test rules out diabetes. There are other reasons for sugar in the urine besides diabetes.
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Fried
Diabetology 65 years experience
YES!!: Any infection in a diabetic is a cause for concern. See your doctor as soon as possible.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Fried
Diabetology 65 years experience
Low blood sugar: Hypoglycemia is a scientific term for low blood sugar. Anyone can get it. It is the result of your sugar metabolism mechanism being oversensitive to ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Fried
Diabetology 65 years experience
Chemical reaction: There is a sharp lance that gets a drop of blood. This goes onto a strip that undergoes a chemical reaction. The resultant color reaction is read my... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Fried
Diabetology 65 years experience
Possibly: The latest research has shown that diet and exercise and weight reduction are the biggest factors affecting pre-diabetes. There are some programs usi... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Fried
Diabetology 65 years experience
Possibly: Any food with sugar taken close to the time of a fasting blood sugar can possibly affect the results. If the amount was truly minimal and taken just ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Fried
Diabetology 65 years experience
An hour: Depending upon your personal glucose tolerance curve, the highest blood sugar would occur in the one-half to one hour range.
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Fried
Diabetology 65 years experience
Diet and exercise: The answer to this quesetion is really complex and highly individual. In general it involves regular exercise, a dietary regimen preferably from a di... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Fried
Diabetology 65 years experience
Posxsible: It is possible that if your Insulin resistance is in an early stage your body can produce enough Insulin to give you normal blood sugars. This situat... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Fried
Diabetology 65 years experience
Yes: It is best not to relie on only one test to make a diagnosis of a chronic condition. The test should be repeated. There is always the outside possib... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Fried
Diabetology 65 years experience
Possibly: There would have to be tests done to determine if the pain is the result of blood vessel blockage or just a muscular reaction to the activity. If it ... Read More
A 63-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Fried
Diabetology 65 years experience
100 and 140: A normal blood sugar on an empty stomach before breakfast is 100 or less. Two hours after breakfast anything under 140 is considered normal. Fasting... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Fried
Diabetology 65 years experience
Neurologist: The best course of action would be to see a neurologist and have a full evaluation.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Fried
Diabetology 65 years experience
Low carbs: If you are not diabetic you probably have what is known as reactive hypoglycemia. This means that when you eat sugar the blood sugar rises and then l... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Fried
Diabetology 65 years experience
Probably not: There are different types of porphyrias and most of them are not affected by dietary manipulation. There is some evidence that a high carbohydrate di... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Fried
Diabetology 65 years experience
For fuel: It is utilized by the body much as a car utilizes gasoline. The energy produced by the breakdown of glucose provides the energy needed to run all the... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Fried
Diabetology 65 years experience
Enzymes: The first step in breaking down glucose is an enzyme called glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase. There are then a number of steps regulated by enzymes ... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Fried is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Fried is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I could not get a straight answer on this question from my family doc. Thanks! Now I just need to get down to business with diet and exercise
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Thanks for your quick reply! Thank u very much for being there when needed and helping me to understand my illness!
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Yale University School of Medicine, CT
Graduated 1957MD
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