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Dr. Mani Bashyam

Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
Greensburg, PA
male

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Internal Medicine - Endocrinology

Diabetology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

28 Answers
4 Agrees
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mani Bashyam
Specializes in Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
Insulin pump infusio: Most Insulin pumps have a fine plastic tubing which connects to a catheter that is inserted on skin usually in the abdomen or thigh using an inserter... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mani Bashyam
Specializes in Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
Insulin pump: An Insulin pump is a very sophisticated means of delivering insulin. There is a small cartridge of insulin, which can be refilled periodically. Sophis... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mani Bashyam
Specializes in Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
No: all meters need a drop of blood-you don't need to prick your finger-you can prick alternate sites such as fore arm
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mani Bashyam
Specializes in Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
Glucose metabolism: After digestion, food is broken down to glucose in the gut by digestive enzymes. It is then absorbed into the bloodstream. Glucose is carried in the b... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mani Bashyam
Specializes in Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
Ignore: Do's: watch the diet (see dietician), Exercise daily 30mins, be compliant with medications/doctors.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mani Bashyam
Specializes in Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
Amitryptylline effec: Amitryptylline does cause some wt gain like most antidepressants. It can certainly help sleep.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mani Bashyam
Specializes in Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
Free insulin: If you don't have medical insurance and your income is below a certain amount, you can apply for drug assistance program to the phamaceutical company ... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mani Bashyam
Specializes in Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
Steroid diabetes: It is a common side effect of steroids to cause high glucose levels, If your doctor checks a A1c blood test and if it is elevated it would suggest und... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mani Bashyam
Specializes in Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
Diet change: Try small frequent meals with more protein and small amounts of complex carbohydrates. Avoid large starchy meals
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mani Bashyam
Specializes in Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
Yes: If you use 70/30 NOVOLOG mix it is better to use NOVOLOG (instead of Apidra (insulin glulisine) ) for sliding scale coverage
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mani Bashyam
Specializes in Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
Ignore: Balanced healthy diet+Exercise 30-45mins daily, If your are prediabetic already Metformin helps.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mani Bashyam
Specializes in Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
Actos (pioglitazone): can worsen or precipitate heart failure if there is underlying CHF
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mani Bashyam
Specializes in Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
Yes: generally metformin favours some wt loss 5-10pounds
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mani Bashyam
Specializes in Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
Pros of insulin pump: The advantage of the pump is that it mimics Insulin delivery similar to your pancreas. Generally with the pump you can achieve much tighter blood suga... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mani Bashyam
Specializes in Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
Insulin pump types: the pump used in the USA are external pumps vs in some european countries there are internal or implanted pumps under the skin. I am not aware of any ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mani Bashyam
Specializes in Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
Fairly accurate: some meters are more reliable than others
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mani Bashyam
Specializes in Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
Glucose test: a few medications can affect the glucose-hence best to get blood drawn first thing in the morning after a 8hr fast, then take pills-talk to your docto... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mani Bashyam
Specializes in Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
Continuous Glucose M: An Insulin pump such as the minimed pump has an extra feature to monitor blood glucose or you can get a separate Continuous Glucose Monitors called D... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mani Bashyam
Specializes in Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
Analog insulins: newer analog insulins, such as Lispro (Humalog), Aspart (Novolog), Gulise (Apidra) are in a monomers form. Hence these are rapidly absorbed into the b... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mani Bashyam
Specializes in Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
PCOS/fertility: You need to talk with your doctor about increasing the dose of metformin. The maximum metformin dose is 500mg 1-2 pills twice per day if you can toler... Read More
A 70-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mani Bashyam
Specializes in Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
Diarrhoea metformin: A common side effect of metformin is diarrhoea, also artificial sweetners can cause diarrhoea. stop sweetners for a few days to see if the problem cle... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mani Bashyam
Specializes in Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
Yes: stress hormone excess and stress eating associated with stress can cause wt gain
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mani Bashyam
Specializes in Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
Prediabetes: The carb /caloric intake depends on daily energy expenditure and if you are overt/obese (needing to lose wt) Recommend seeing a dietitian to calculat... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mani Bashyam
Specializes in Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
Risk of high glucose: Uncontrolled high blood glucose increase risk of all diabetic complications
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mani Bashyam
Specializes in Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
Glucose metabolism: Glucose is the fuel for all cells. Low glucose levels mean not enough fuel for cells. Insulin is what makes the glucose enter a cell. If you have Ins... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mani Bashyam
Specializes in Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
Not reliable: Home glucose monitors are useful for monitoring therapy but not accurate for diagnosis especially since glucose levels are close to normal. Need a fas... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mani Bashyam
Specializes in Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
See Endocrinologist: Increasing the dose of metformin may help. Also see OBGYN for good evaluation/exam for other causes
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mani Bashyam
Specializes in Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
Best glucameter: is what is covered by your insurance. If not covered get Relion walmart

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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Bashyam is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
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Awards

Top Diabetes Specialist , First Place, National - Summer
2014
Top Diabetes Specialist, First Place, National - Spring
2015
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