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A 34-year-old member asked:

is there any link between diabetes and hypertension?

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Dr. Richard Scofield
Diabetology 33 years experience
Yes: Hypertension and diabetes are frequently seen together. In fact, having hypertension significantly increases your risk of developing diabetes. The two together potentiate the risk for developing advanced atherosclerotic disease (that leads to heart attacks and strokes) and kidney damage.
Dr. William Haynes
Endocrinology 37 years experience
Yes: There is an increased risk of hypertension in patients with diabetes. This may relate to the increased incidence of obesity and lack of exercise in many patients with diabetes. Also, even slightly elevated blood pressure can damage the kidneys and heart in patients with diabetes. So most physicians recommend antihypertensive treatments even at slightly elevated BP in patients with diabetes.
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Yes: There is a higher incidence of hypertension in diabetics.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

What are the treatments for gestational diabetes?

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Dr. Megan Bird
Obstetrics and Gynecology 19 years experience
Diet and exercise: We start with a diabetic diet and regular exercise. If your sugars are still high, we can try oral medications (like glyburide). If you have very high sugars, we use Insulin injections to control the sugars.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What should I be eating in pregnancy if I have diabetes?

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Dr. Amy Herold
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Protein: The goal is to maintain steady, stable blood sugars and avoid the spikes and falls that occur with simple carb intake. Every meal should have a protein, it helps maintain blood sugar levels. Avoid the "whites": sugar, rice and white bread. Eat complex carbs instead, brown rice and whole grain breads. Veggies are great, but watch the fruits, they can be high in sugar.
A 26-year-old member asked:

Should I be concerned about pregnancy-induced hypertension?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Yes: In the sense that it is an issue that needs to be managed during pregnancy. Usually pregnancy induced hypertension is either preeclampsia or not. If it is preeclampsia, then you need to determine if it is mild or severe. If it is gestational hypertension then as long as your blood pressure is controlled and the baby's growth is ok, then you can deliver at 39 to 40 weeks.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What are the serious vision problems that can result from diabetes?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Cataracts&RETINITIS: Patients with diabetes need regular yearly eye exam to have retinal exam and check for glaucoma and cataract.
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A 36-year-old male asked:

Should I forgo western medicine and try chinese herbal medicine to treat my diabetes?

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Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
Family Medicine 33 years experience
No: I am a medical doctor a would have to say no. All the studies i know about tell me that western medicine works for diabetes. I don't know anything about chinese herbal medicine.

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