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how many years does it take to burn out the pancreas and get type 2 diabetes

A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chu
Dr. James Chu answered
24 years experience Endocrinology
Usually many years: Most studies indicate that it takes decades of preceding Insulin resistance/high Insulin levels before the pancreas burns out to result in t2 diabetes ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
27 years experience Podiatry
They could be : Burning from diabetic neuropathy or the fact the ankles swell and this induces a tarsal tunnel need to try and minimize that swelling ... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
23 years experience Emergency Medicine
SEE Doctor: Get on a secondary medicine to lower your blood sugar, or use insulin. This would be a good thing to do sooner, to minimize the long-term damage to yo ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Dons
45 years experience Endocrinology
Pancreas function: Yes, the pancreas can return to better function with secretion of Insulin and amylin after weight loss. Over time however, exposure of the beta cells ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Kelly
26 years experience Internal Medicine
Type 1 vs 2 diabetes: You can prove this with a few lab tests. Ask your doctor to run a C-peptide test. This measures how much Insulin your pancreas makes, and is not ske ... Read More
A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
You make less: The most popular cholesterol pills prevent you from making the stuff. This is simplistic but basically accurate. Other meds have other mechanisms of a ... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joy Jackson
18 years experience Family Medicine
Honestly : Honestly this is a question that only his doctors can answer, and to be frank that may not even know how long his recovery will be. They will likely k ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
24 years experience Internal Medicine
Re:Insulin resistanc: Type 2 diabetes can be thought of as insulin resistance (body not recognizing insulin) & "worn-out" pancreas (cannot over-produce to compensate). ... Read More
A 57-year-old member asked:
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
40 years experience Internal Medicine
This : This is really hard to tell, because it will vary tremendously for each patient. The best way to tell is how fast things have already been progressin ... Read More
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Sadow
16 years experience Pathology
It depends: Some tumors can be seen by eye, felt by hand, or seen by radiologic imaging. Different cancers grow and exhibit aggressive behaviors in entirely diff ... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rawhi Omar
43 years experience Pathology
Soon hopefully: High ALT indicates that your liver is still in the recovery phase from Hepatitis A which usually ends up in full recovery with life long immunity but ... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bradford Romans
36 years experience Internal Medicine
A few hours.: Should be able to go back to work the next day. Good luck.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Natalie Sieb
13 years experience Family Medicine
Radiologist?: A physician who is a radiologist goes through 4 years of undergrad, 4 years of med school, and at least 4 years of residency specialty training in rad ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anthony Filly
25 years experience Radiology
See below: Yes, they can be very painful. As size increases, it is less likely to pass on its own. A good rule of thumb is that a 5 mm stone will pass 50% of th ... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Constad
40 years experience Ophthalmology
Symptoms less : Less pain, less discharge, gradually less redness. Most important is the feedback from your ophthalmologist. Do not be in a rush to return to contact ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Griffin
13 years experience Internal Medicine
Several days: There are urine based (less accurate) and blood based (more accurate but expensive) options. Peter Attia, MD, author of "Eating Academy" blog and part ... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience Infectious Disease
It's complicated...: Even without treatment, some STDs are cleared in a few weeks or months, such as gonorrhea and chlamydia. But they still need treatment; they can leave ... Read More
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A 64-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Variable: Without a full history and physical exam and access to prior medical records this is impossible to predict. The best person to assess this and respon ... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Clear
11 years experience Family Medicine
Probably: I would suggest directing your question to your airline or US customs and immigration. It is not a query most doctors are trained to answer.
A member asked:
Dr. Phillip Frist
45 years experience Dentistry
Eating not everythin: 2 significant questions. I don't believe your blood type is significant. Cold sores are typically a herpetic virus caused by stress or trauma but in ... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jordan Rush
12 years experience Gastroenterology
Biopsy: Usually can get results in a few days. Not a lot if tissue is taken for the biopsies.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marc Goldhagen
32 years experience Occupational Medicine
Too early to tell: VA disability is based upon the function of the limb not how many surgeries it took to get that function.
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bradford Romans
36 years experience Internal Medicine
Testing: There are 2 blood tests commonly used to measure inflammation .A sed rate and s- crp.A careful history and physical exam are required to make a diagno ... Read More
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