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If I am a diabetic, when must I call diabetes educator?

If I am a diabetic, when must I call diabetes educator?

ASAP: Certified diabetes educators are a tremendous resource for people with diabetes. They provide great detail about how to manage your diabetes and reduce the risk of complications. I recommend seeing them early on and then from time to time for a refresher, perhaps every year. ...Read more

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Prediabetes (Definition)

A condition where a person is at high risk of developing diabetes. It is caused by an impaired ...Read more


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If I am hypoglycemic am I at high risk for diabetes?

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If I am hypoglycemic am I at high risk for diabetes?

Reactive hypo, yes: Many patients with reactive hypoglycemia (happens after meals), especially younger women, have underlying Insulin resistance. They experience hypoglycemia due to excessive pancreatic release of Insulin after ingestion of high-carbs or fast-acting carbs. Excessive Insulin release causes hypoglycemia ~1-2 hours after meals. Ultimately, the pancreas wears out, and these patients get diabetes. ...Read more

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I am a diabetic on insulin. Can I ever stop taking insulin?

I am a diabetic on insulin. Can I ever stop taking insulin?

Type 1 or 2?: If you have type 1 dm, then you won't be able to come off. If you've been on oral medication for years as a type 2 patient, and are now on insulin, your pancreatic islet cells may be too fargone to come off. If you are a newly diagnosed type 2 patient on Insulin because of symptoms and very elevated hba1c, then lifestyle change and oral meds may allow you to be weaned from insulin. ...Read more

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I am taking metformin but my endo said that i an prediabetic not diabetic ?

I am taking metformin but my endo said that i an prediabetic not diabetic
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Metformin: Your endocrinologist has specialized training in diabetes management and must have come to the conclusion that you would benefit from metformin. For prediabetic patients the first line of treatment is lifestyle change with weight loss, exercise, and diet modification. If this does not work, a physician may choose to start a patient on metformin before they progress to full blown diabetes. ...Read more

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What can I do if my fasting blood sugar is 82 and after meal 158 I am fear I am diabetic?

What can I do if my fasting blood sugar is 82 and after meal 158 I am fear I am diabetic?

It is certainly: Possible, but the exact name doesn't matter. If you're overweight you need education, diet, exercise and weight loss to slow your progression into diabetes and lower your risk of complications and an early death. Don't wait for the diagnosis, it's all the same process and the same risk. Start doing something positive now>. ...Read more

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Hi I am a newly diagnosed diabetic with 15kg overweight.Age 36 .I am adviced metformin 1000 mg b.D along with insulin.

Hi I am a newly diagnosed diabetic with 15kg overweight.Age 36 .I am adviced metformin 1000 mg b.D  along with insulin.

What's your question: Metformin is an excellent medication to lower blood sugars w/o allowing them to drop too far if you miss/skip a meal. It's our 1st line agent & drug of choice in those who are overweight & presumably Insulin resistant. Don't forget that nutrition & exercise are still key to getting your sugars under control. Make sure you see your eye doctor annually to prevent blindness from diabetes. ...Read more

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Hello. I am a diabetic patient with type 1 diabetes. Insulin depender. I am 18 years old. Can I have a tattoo ?

Hello. I am a diabetic patient with type 1 diabetes. Insulin depender. I am 18 years old. Can I have a tattoo ?

Better not: and most probably you won't have a problem, but you get infected, it might be hard to treat, and removing the tattoo later, if you will, would pose another risk for infection, other alternate makeup/decorations would fill the gap instead, wish you well ...Read more

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I am a newly diagnosed type II diabetic. Where should my levels be? Also I have high cholesterol

I am a newly diagnosed type II diabetic. Where should my levels be? Also I have high cholesterol

SEVERAL GOALS: Fasting blood sugar<110 sugar after meals less than 145 bedtime sugar less than 145 bad cholesterol less than 75 triglycerides less than 150 blood pressure less than 130/85 no smoking exercise 210 mins a week minimum(30+ mins/day) eat proportionately good, complex carbs, fats and protein, lots of veggies and several servings of low glucemic, high fiber fruits. And... Hemoglobin a1c <6.5%! ...Read more

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I am non diabetic with blood sugar 210 1/2 hr after a meal.Do I have diabetes?

I am non diabetic with blood sugar 210 1/2 hr after a meal.Do I have diabetes?

Diabetes diagnosis : Most likely you are a diabetic. However to make a formal diagnosis you need to see your doctor so that he can perform confirmatory testing and get you started on a treatment plan. Do not put it off. Sooner you control your sugar better off you will be. ...Read more

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I am a diabetic and have no more insulin. I am feeling weakand dehydrated. What should I do?

I am a diabetic and have no more insulin. I am feeling weakand dehydrated. What should I do?

If : If you are feeling weak and dehydrated then your blood sugars are likely really high. You need to get more Insulin from your doctor or go to an er for treatment right away for treatment. Try to push plenty of fluids in the meantime and get help asap. ...Read more

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Hi I am in a pre diabetes stage. Should I take metformin HCI ? I am 54 years old.

Hi I am in a pre diabetes stage. Should I take metformin HCI ? 
I am 54 years old.

It can help: Hi. Healthy lifestyle (healthy diet, regular exercise, no smoking) is considered the first line of defense against developing type 2 diabetes from prediabetes. But metformin has also been shown to be helpful. It's perfectly fair and valid to do healthy lifestyle AND metformin. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can I eat honey if I am a diabetic?

Can I eat honey if I am a diabetic?

Yes, with limits : Please discuss how to safely encorporate honey into your diet with a nutritionist and or diabetes treatment center. ...Read more

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I am non diabetic , should I have a blood glucose test?

I am non diabetic , should I have a blood glucose test?

Diabetes: If you have not had a blood glucose test how can you know whether you do or do not have diabetes.Getting a blood glucose test is simple, quick, and minimally painful for a few seconds. ...Read more

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Am I at risk for developing diabetes if I have gastroparesis?

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No: It's the other way around. Long standing, especially out of control diabetes can lead to gastroparesis which is delayed stomach emptying. ...Read more

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Is juicing safe for a diabetic diet? I am t2 insulin diabetic. I'm 54 years old. Diabetic since 1998. Thank you.

Is juicing safe for a diabetic diet? I am t2 insulin diabetic. I'm 54 years old. Diabetic since 1998. Thank you.

There is NO: Benefit to juicing for any medical problem known to mankind. It only benefits the makers of the juicer. Juices contain lots of sugar and calories, and calories aggravate blood sugar and diabetes. Why would you want to do that? Don't get your medical information from friends, tv or the internet. Listen to your diabetes medical team instead. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I am 26 yrs old and had type 1 diabetes since i was a kid?

What do you suggest if I am 26 yrs old and had type 1 diabetes since i was a kid?

Diabetes: continue all well proactive stuff. diet, exercise, insulin, oral meds, glucose monitoring, urine microalbumin, eye care, feet care, neuropathy awareness, glucagon needle, teach your loved ones to help you. ...Read more

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If i get shakey, am i a border line diabetic?

If i get shakey, am i a border line diabetic?

Unlikely: Feeling shakey is a nonspecific symptom that can be due to many things, including anxiety/stress. It would be very unusual to have this symptom from diabetes unless you were on a medication that can cause low sugars. Reactive hypoglycemia can sometimes occur in pre-diabetics, but it is rare, occuring a few hours after eating sweets. ...Read more

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I am 57 years old ilive alone now by taking tensions I have high BP diabitic and border line chlosterol I am overweight pl suggest me?

I am 57 years old  ilive alone now by taking tensions I have high BP diabitic and border line chlosterol I am overweight pl suggest me?

Lifestyle change: No red meat, no soda, eat plant-based food and drink 1/2 of your weight equal ounces of water daily and ten minutes of brisk walking every morning and abve all eat a very light dinner as you eat a heavy breakfast. No need to take any medications a week after you ininited these lifestyle changes. ...Read more