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A 22-year-old member asked:

are people with diabetes at more risk for complications with tapeworms?

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Dr. Christopher Guzik
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Yes: Anyone with diabetes is at an increased risk from any infection including parasite infection. Diabetics have a weaker immune system, poor wound healing, poorer nutrition absorption, greater risk of liver, kidney, heart and vascular disease.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 22 years experience
Yes: Diabetic are at a higher risk for developing any infections.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

I have diabetes, am I more susceptible to ecthyma gangrenosum?

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Dr. Emily Lu
Dr. Emily Luanswered
Family Medicine 7 years experience
To a certain extent: Ecthyma gangrenosum is a skin lesion that manifests during a severe pseudomonas infection that has spread to the bloodstream. Pseudomonas infections of this kind rarely happen in patients that are not severely immunocompromised, but can occur if a wound gets infected. Patients with diabetes do tend to get wound infections more readily, esp if they do not follow proper prevention and wound care.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How can I manage diabetes during the holidays?

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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Eat well: Just maintain your normal healthy eating habits, keep your portion sizes small and try your best to avoid all the junk.
A 22-year-old member asked:

Can herbs or traditional medicine be used to treat diabetes?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Yes: Numerous herbs show evidence of benefit in diabetes. Those most widely used include gymnema sylvestre, cinnamon, bilberry, fenugreek seeds & momordica charantia. Aloe vera, ginseng, pterocarpus marsupium & coccina indica are also useful. Vitamins & minerals including Alpha lipoic acid, chromium & vandium are also beneficial. Holistic md's, nd's & herbalists can guide you. More info at http://care.Diabetesjournals.Org/content/26/4/1277.Full.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Is any type of diabetes hereditary?

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Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Yes type 2 diabetes: If one identical twin has type 2 diabetes, it is 95 percent likely that the other twin will also develop type 2 diabetes.
A 44-year-old male asked:

I am a type II diabetic I have been off medication for almost 3 years and I will like to know does diabetes ever go away?

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Dr. Ish Rawal
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
No: Diabetes is coming from either lack of Insulin production or body cells being resistant to insulin. In either case medicine can help to fix the deficit. But, diabetes doesn't go away. Some people are able to control it probably like you with diet and exercise though.

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