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are native americans more likely than the average american to get diabetes?

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Dr. David Geffner
Endocrinology 54 years experience
Yes: But is due to the environment more than genetics. Pima indians in the se us have a close to 50% incidence. Their blood relatives living in mexico about 3%.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

I'm native american am I more susceptible to becoming an addict?

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Dr. Allen Fein
Specializes in Family Medicine
NO!!..........but...: It's really about you! although certain groups have more issues with drug abuse and addiction, it ultimately comes down to who you are......Do you have a job that you enjoy?....Are your friends and family plagued with drug problems?.....Have you been mentally, physically, and spiritually healthy? If you are at a party and are offered drugs, what will you do? Do you know how to just say "no"?
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Can diverticulitis and diverticulitis cause complications with diabetes?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Yes.: Diverticulitis, by definition, is a bacterial infection arising from a hole in the colon. Any infection may complicate the management of diabetes.
A 21-year-old member asked:

I love to go to a local spa. Am I at more risk for contracting legionnaires' disease?

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Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 34 years experience
Yes, but risk is low: Legionnaires' disease is an infection with a legionella bacteria that causes a pneumonia. It is transmitted in a waterborne fashion, often from cooling towers, humidifiers and such. It is not spread person-to-person. It is treated with antibiotics if found. Avoiding the source is the best way to avoid infection, and yes, you could get it from a water source at your spa, but it is uncommon.
A 21-year-old member asked:

I have diabetes, will there be complications with a legionnaires' disease?

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Dr. Nadu Tuakli
Family Medicine 41 years experience
Maybe: Diabetes makes it harder to fight off all infections and increases the likelihood of complications.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What causes anemia in people with diabetes?

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Dr. Zouhdi Hajjaj
Internal Medicine 23 years experience
Kidney disease: Diabetes, especially if not controlled, will negatively affect kidney function, notably with respect to that organ's vital function in stimulating blood cell production. The kidneys do so by secreting a hormone that leads to red cell production.
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 30 years experience
additonally inflammatory compnonent of poorly contolled diabetes can reduce new blood cell production and cause anemia of chronic disease.
Feb 8, 2012

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