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Can Diabetes Kill You
Hope not fully kill: Diabetes affects numerous metabolic pathways, but the mechanism with the most evidence, suggests that the small blood vessels to the nerves, vasa nervorum, develop diminished blood flow, causing damage to the central axon of the nerve. Although important to control diabetes very closely, the sole potential to regrow the nerves may be found with metanx, a medical food. Ask your doc if can help. ...Read more
No cure: There is no "cure" for diabetes. There is some evidence that pancreatic islet cell transplants may be effective, and recent european research on gastric bypass has shown benefit. For type 2 diabetes, the "cure" is usually related to weight loss, exercise, and healthy diet. For type 1 diabetes, the loss of pancreatic endocrine function, and therefore insulin, is permanent. ...Read more
"cure" Diabetes at this point (BUT a CURE IS ON THE HORIZEN) You can take steps to avoid the full blown disease (If it is TYPE 2) by keeping your weight in normal limits and EXERCISING!
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Usually not: The pancreas gland makes insulin, which is required because insulin makes blood sugar go into cells (blood sugar is the fuel for cells). In Type 2 diabetes, a person eats too much and puts lots of sugar into his blood daily. As time goes by, he overworks his pancreas by demanding lots of insulin from the gland. If he stops his bad habits early in Type 2 diabetes, his pancreas might not "burn out." ...Read more
Insulin deficiency: Type I dm is an autoimmune disorder that affects both males and females and is characterized by immune destruction of the Insulin producing cells, called the beta cells, in the pancreas. Such destruction will lead to a state of Insulin deficiency and cause the affected individual to be Insulin dependent in order to sustain life. Presently, there is effective treatment, not cure. Research is ongoin. ...Read more
Combined with obesity (which means you need more Insulin to get sugar into cells) 'stressing' beta-cells that produce insulin.
If one's beta cells can't keep up with the increased Insulin demand, sugar doesn't get into cells, blood sugar rises, = diabetes, type 2
in type 1 something we don't understand, in environment, leads to destruction of Insulin producing cells. ...Read more
Diagnosing Diabetes: Diabetes presents in all different ways. You may have increased thirst, increased urination, weight loss, blurry vision or skin rashes that don't heal. An elevated fasting glucose or an elevated hgba1c are other methods your pcp may use to diagnose new onset type 2 diabetes. ...Read more
No: Diabetes is a diagnosis that requires lifestyle modification and medical care. It does not require that you cease work. Specific jobs may have rules (Specialty truck drivers, airplane pilots) that make work difficult with Diabetes. If you have gone unconscious due to your Diabetes or Heart Disease, driving may be prohibited for a period of months. ...Read more
Yes: You may be at risk of developing diabetes due to your genetic history. You may also be at risk of deloping diabetes due to lifestyle choices with your diet and activity. Overweight people have a greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Some women are at a greater risk to develope type 2 diabetes during pregnancy. ...Read more
Risk factors: The causes are not clearly known. There are certain factors which may lead to diabetes. Virus infections can lead to diabetes. If it runs in your family, you are obese, smoke cigarettes, had gestational diabetes or had a baby weighing 9 or more pounds, have impaired glucose tolerance, do not exercise regularly, low HDL cholesterol or high triglycerides, high blood pressure you are at high risk. ...Read more
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Environment/inheri: Type 1 is probably due to infection in vulnerable pt causing destruction of Insulin cells in pancreas. Type 2 is usually due to obesity where you can't make enough Insulin to support the wt. This has gotten more complicated as studies show other problems with poor signaling to the liver to stop production of glucose. New diabetic meds target this issue. ...Read more
Diabetes can occur if you stop making insulin. That most often occurs early in life (type 1 diabetes) but there is a small group that has very low insulin production later in life.
Type 2 diabetes occurs when your pancreas is making a lot of insulin but not enough to control your blood sugar.
Do you or a family member/ friend have diabetes and are not caring for it properly. See a doctor soon. ...Read more
Polyuria, polydipsea, and polyphagia.
Urinating a lot from high blood sugar osmotically pulling water into urine, drinking a lot from that dehydration, and eating a lot because your body feels starving because it can't transport high blood sugar into cells without insulins effect on glucose transport to move it in. ...Read more
Follow Dr's advice!: The type and severity of your condition will matter, but in any case - follow the advice as well as you possibly can. It might be diet alone or also medicine and perhaps injections. It may include regular daily testing of your blood for sugar levels to maintain control. There are lots of info sites and books. Info at drug stores ; doctor's offices. Tale care! ...Read more