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what would the longest duration of type 2 diabetes be?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Unclear question: With proper managment, it is possible for a person to have near normal life span.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Why didn't I have symptoms of type 2 diabetes?

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Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
See discussion: Diabetes, like other cardiovascular diseases/risks, can sometimes be "silent" until significant damage has occurred. This is why seeing a physician regularly, along with a healthy diet and regular exercise, is an important part of good, proactive care. We often discover issues that will later become big problems, but with early identification & action, prevent the big problem from ever occurring.
Dr. Scott Mitchell
Bariatrics 23 years experience
As Diabetes Mellitus Type 2 is a silent disease, it would be a good idea for any adult with a family history of DM type 2 or any adult who is overweight or obese to get tested with a HgbA1C which measures average blood sugar over the past 3 months and will pick up on abnormalities sooner than just checking a fasting blood sugar will. Certainly, diet and exercise are very important as well!
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A 21-year-old member asked:

How can I decrease my chances of developing type 2 diabetes?

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Dr. Mary Ann Block
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Diet & exercise: Staying away from eating refined carbs like sugar, white bread & white rice, eating small amounts of protein every 2 hours and walking 30 minutes per day should keep type II diabetes away.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What tests are used to diagnose my type 2 diabetes?

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Dr. Steven Shayani
Cardiology 33 years experience
FPG: Fasting plasma glucose test is a preferred test that measures blood sugar levels. It is less expensive, convenient and easy to do. There are also hemoglobin A1c tests and oral glucose tolerance tests.
A 22-year-old member asked:

I have type 2 diabetes, but I feel fine, so why do I need treatment?

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Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine 17 years experience
Complications: Medications are needed to prevent complications of diabetes, which can be silent (you don't feel the damage of diabetes) and can include eye damage, heart disease (heart attacks), stroke, kidney damage, and nerve damage.
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A 36-year-old male asked:

Is type 2 diabetes a lesser evil? Can type 2 become type 1 or vice versa? Can folks with type 1 be cured like folks with type 2 no longer need meds?

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Dr. Allen Seely
General Practice 31 years experience
Diabetes 1 vs 2: Type 1 diabetes refers to the type where one totally stops making Insulin (e.g. Due to pancreas antibodies) and therefore Insulin is generally the only treatment possible . Type 1 can affect all ages including children/adolescents. Type 2 diabetes is more prevelant due to the increase in obesity rates. Eventually most type 2 diabetics need Insulin but weight loss can reverse it. Oral meds help.

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