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in what ways can high blood sugars affect my health?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
^ risks : High blood sugar conditions (diabetes) can increase risk for stroke, kidney failure, heart attacks, visual problems, neuropathy as well as gum disease and loss of teeth.

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A 22-year-old member asked:

Is it normal for urine to smell like sugar?

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Dr. Patricia Vuguin
Pediatrics 33 years experience
No: Should be check by the doctor specially if it is. Accompanied by something else such as excessive drinking.
A member asked:

Should I bank my baby's cord blood?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Yes: That's actually a great idea. Stem cells from cord blood can be used to treat a number of conditions in both the child and other family members, and the number of such uses is growing exponentially.
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
I would suggest public banking. 1) cheaper (free), 2) provides utility for a broader group of people than just your child or family.
Jul 24, 2013
Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Hematology and Oncology 33 years experience
I agree with both the above comments. Given the increasing use of stem cells I don't believe you can go wrong.
Sep 9, 2013
Dr. Maulik Shah
Dr. Maulik Shah commented
Clinical Genetics 24 years experience
Not necessarily. Cord blood banking is quite expensive and the number of disorders for which the cord blood may be used later is quite small. If you have the financial means then it is a good idea . However, cord blood allografts (from unrelated donors) are becoming more common with good results so always donate but don't fall prey to scare tactics in banking cord blood.
Sep 14, 2013
A 32-year-old member asked:

Why does my urine have sugar in it?

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Dr. David Fein
Specializes in Preventive Medicine
Most often: food!: The first thing that comes to mind, of course, is diabetes. But for many pregnant women, kidney function changes. Often, the same morning a pregnant women drinks a big glass of orange juice, we'll find sugar in her urine sample. However, that is not to say we ignore the findings -- all pregnant women do get tested for gestational diabetes between 24 and 28 weeks.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What are the names of some vaasodilators that acting dircetly on blood vessels?

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Dr. Christiaan Maurer
Dr. Christiaan Maureranswered
Internal Medicine 23 years experience
Many: Cialis, viagra, levitra, (vardenafil) beta blockers (metoprolol), calcium channel blockers (verapamil, amlodipine), bystolic.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Can it be normal to have some lumps of blood in your period?

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Dr. Prerana Sangani
Internal Medicine 24 years experience
Yes: The clumps are normal. Each period is the lining your endometrium that is shedding so sometimes it can be in the form of larger clots or lumps.

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