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Doctor insights on: Are Diabetics A High Risk For Getting Shingles

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Why are diabetics at high risk for infection?

Why are diabetics at high risk for infection?

Sugar, circulation: Some micro-organisms thrive in high-sugar environments. Diabetes can also cause neuropathy (with loss of pain sensation) and circulatory problems, both of which can increase the risk of skin infections, especially in the feet. ...Read more

Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

A painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster), occurring in people who have had chicken pox some time in their past. ...Read more


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Why are kidney recipients at a higher risk for diabetes, cancer and bone disease?

Why are kidney recipients at a higher risk for diabetes, cancer and bone disease?

Immunosuppression: I am not a kidney transplant specialist, but i still think i can answer. Patients that receive an organ transplant usually need ongoing immunosuppression to prevent rejection. That can include a variety of drugs including steroids. Diabetes, bone loss - steroid induced cancer - immunosuppression drugs. ...Read more

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If you have genital herpes is there a higher risk of getting hiv?

If you have genital herpes is there a higher risk of getting hiv?

Yes: All ulcerative genital lesions facilitate the acquisition of HIV infection. For this reason safe sex, using condoms should always be used until the partners' status is known. ...Read more

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Can you suggest tips for a teenager that has risk of getting type 1 diabetes?

Can you suggest tips for a teenager that has risk of getting type 1 diabetes?

Not much control : With type 1/juvenile onset/ Insulin dependent there is a genetic susceptibility that likely has an environmental trigger. This is an autoimmune disease so it may be a viral illness that starts the process or some other exposure that activates the immune system. Researching some of the suspected triggers may provide some help in avoidance as well as feeling like a proactive stance is being taken. ...Read more

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Can having a thyroid disease make you at high risk, for a high risk pregnancy?

Can having a thyroid disease make you at high risk, for a high risk pregnancy?

It could : Thyroid disease includes conditions with both too much (hyperthyroid) and too little (hypothyroidism) thyroid hormone. These pt. ...Read more

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Who is more at risk of developing diabetic foot infections?

Who is more at risk of developing diabetic foot infections?

You didnt : Give any choices? A diabetic obviously. If neuropathy is present this would increase the odds, if pad is present this would increase the odds. If both were present the odds go up. ...Read more

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Is there a higher risk of gallstones when you have high cholesterol?

Is there a higher risk of gallstones when you have high cholesterol?

Theoretically : It could although cholesterol stones are possible with normal levels of blood cholesterol. Keep the Lipitor (atorvastatin) going and exercise. Gall stones are the least of problems you can run in with unchecked / high blood cholesterol levels! ...Read more

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Are pregnant women at a greater risk for developing diabetes?

Are pregnant women at a greater risk for developing diabetes?

Sort of...: Pregnant women can develop gestational diabetes which can lead to complications for the mother and child, but generally disappears after the end of pregnancy. ...Read more

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Can having diabetic neuropathy raise your chances of getting a heart disease?

Can having diabetic neuropathy raise your chances of getting a heart disease?

Yes, indirectly: It is not the neuropathy that increases the chance of heart disease, rather diabetes itself which is a risk factor for heart disease. ...Read more

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Why is someone with diabetes at higher risk of having cancer?

Why is someone with diabetes at higher risk of having cancer?

Unclear: The exact causal relationship has not been completely defined. But adopting healthy lifestyle changes to help control diabetes may help to decrease cancer risk. ...Read more

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Who is at risk of getting a stroke?

Who is at risk of getting a stroke?

Risk for stroke: People at risk for a stroke are people with high blood pressure, people who smoke, people with diabetes mellitus, people with atrial fibrillation, people with elevated blood cholesterol, or people with carotid artery disease. Many of these conditions are tested for in routine physician check ups. ...Read more

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What are some ways to lower blood glucose levels even if you are not a diabetic but u have certain risk factors of becoming diabetic?

What are some ways to lower blood glucose levels even if you are not a diabetic but u have certain risk factors of becoming diabetic?

Lifestyle: Hi. Healthy lifestyle has been shown to lower the risk of diabetes in at-risk patients. Healthy diet, regular exercise, achieve & maintain ideal body weight...FOR LIFE, not just the next few weeks or months. Part and parcel for healthy lifestyle is no fast food, minimize processed food, no white flour or rice, minimal simple sugar, little saturated fat. Good luck! ...Read more

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If a partner has low risk and I have high risk will the HPV vaccine prevent us from having a child?

If a partner has low risk and I have high risk will the HPV vaccine prevent us from having a child?

No: The vaccine has nothing to do with your shared fertility. Forms of invasive std like chlamydia & gonorrhea can scar the fallopian tubes & diminish fertility, but this vaccine has no such effect. ...Read more

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Are people that have cvid at a higher risk if cancer?

Are people that have cvid at a higher risk if cancer?

Sadly, but yes: Unfortunately patients and family members of cvid patients have an unusually high incidence of IgA deficiency, autoimmune diseases, autoantibodies, and malignancy. Our body has its own surveillance system that destroys cancer cells. With an immune deficiency these cells are much less in number and less effective. ...Read more

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Is smoking a risk factor in becoming diabetic over a person's lifetime?

Is smoking a risk factor in becoming diabetic over a person's lifetime?

Yes: It does increase your risk, of diabetes, plus your risks of complications. Try to stop now, get help and support. ...Read more

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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the ...Read more


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Diabetes (Definition)

A group of diseases that result in too much sugar in the ...Read more