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A 45-year-old member asked:

what is banaba (lagestroemia speciosa)? how effective are its leaves for treating diabetes?

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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Banaba: Banaba may work in some patients with diabetes but there are many medications for diabetes that are easier to get, inexpensive, and excellent for caring for diabetes. No harm from Banaba but it is not likely to be as good as medical treatment.

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A 47-year-old member asked:

What kinds of diabetes is there?

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Dr. Luis Gonzalez-mendoza
Pediatric Endocrinology 42 years experience
It changes: At present the classification of diabetes is relatively rigid: type 1, auto immunity to islet cells (the producers of insulin) type 2, Insulin resistance, you make Insulin but do not respond to it, most common and tied to obesity and pre-disposing genes. Other types: not well defined between 1 and 2.
A 33-year-old member asked:

How does diabetes develop?

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Dr. Thomas Heston
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Genetic / lifestyle: It can be a genetic condition over which you do not have control. You can also decrease your risk of type 2 diabetes by eating a healthy diet low in simple sugars, exercising regularly, and maintaining a healthy weight.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Looking for answer to differences in type 1 and 2 diabetes?

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Dr. Thomas Heston
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Insulin: Type 1 diabetics require insulin. Type 2 diabetics can sometimes, but not always, have their blood sugars controlled by taking an oral medication.
A 46-year-old member asked:

How do you get diagnosed with diabetes? What test?

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Dr. Thomas Heston
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Blood sugar: Typically a blood sugar test is done, and two abnormal tests confirm the diagnosis. In adults for type 2 diabetes common tests are: hgba1c of 6.5% or greater; a fasting plasma glucose of > 125; a random glucose of 200 mg/dl or greater; or a 2-hour post-load glucose after 75 g oral glucose of 200 mg/dl or greater.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Would like to have explanation. Diabetes is what type of disease?

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Dr. Thomas Heston
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Metabolic: It is a endocrine disease. The medical specialty that focuses on this category of diseases is endocrinology.

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