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Diabetes (Definition)

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


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My husband has type 2 diabetes. Yesterday he went on a two-mile hike. His nighttime blood sugar we're high and still elevated this morning. Why?

My husband has type 2 diabetes. Yesterday he went on a two-mile hike. His nighttime blood sugar we're high and still elevated this morning. Why?

Complicated disease: Diabetes is a complicated disease and often doesn't work the way we expect. You'd think that after exercise, the blood sugar would be good — but he could run a marathon and still have an elevated blood sugar after. It's a combo of how much Insulin he's producing and his muscles' sensitivity to insulin. Over weeks to months of exercise, he will see a change in his fasting sugars, so keep it up! ...Read more

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For type 2 diabetes, if someone has to choose between whole grain sorghum flour and whole grain wheat flour, which one of the two would b better?

For type 2 diabetes, if someone has to choose between whole grain sorghum flour and whole grain wheat flour, which one of the two would b better?

Sorghum: It digests slower, slowing the rise of serum glucose, therefore allowing for better control of diabetes. While this benefit is small, sorghum also has the bonus of being gluten-free, and it grows well in drought conditions. ...Read more

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Is diabetes genetic? I think I may be diabetic, my mom just got diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and I have two symptoms of it. Should I get tested?

Is diabetes genetic? I think I may be diabetic, my mom just got diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and I have two symptoms of it. Should I get tested?

Type II diabetes: There is a strong heritable component of diabetes, especially type ii. I don't know what symptoms you are currently experiencing, but the classic ones are polyuria, polydipsia, nocturia, and polyphagia. If you have symptoms, you should be screened with a hemoglobin a1c blood test or fasting plasma glucose test; especially if you are obese, or have additional risk factors besides family history. ...Read more

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Just diagnosed with type 2 diabetes two days ago. At er blood sugar was 325. They started insulin and discharged. Sugar now 470 but been taking meds?

Just diagnosed with type 2 diabetes two days ago. At er blood sugar was 325. They started insulin and discharged. Sugar now 470 but been taking meds?

Too high: Yu certainly have DM that is not controlled at this time. Over 400 is too high and if persists, you will need to go to the emergency room. Call your Dr. ASAP and get in for an evaluation and adjustment of medication, dietary counseling, and advice on Therapeutic lifestyle changes. Basically, you need to establish care with a Doctor who will provide you with continuity of care and DM management. ...Read more

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I really need to be educated on type 2 diabetes. My blood sugar is either too low or high. When should I take.my metformin. 166 two hr after eating.

I really need to be educated on type 2 diabetes. My blood sugar is either too low or high. When should I take.my metformin.  166 two hr after eating.

Lose the weight: The first part of treating diabetes is to lose weight. I know how difficult that can be but I'm just saying. Your medicine, metformin, is taken two times a day with food. The most important test which is done by the doctor is called hemoglobin A 1 C and its value should be from 6.7-7.5% It can be lower with great control but it's the most important. ...Read more

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Why did I get type 2 diabetes?

Why did I get type 2 diabetes?

Not sure: Diabetes tends to run in families, so ifanyone in your family had diabetes, that's probably why you have it. It is also more common in people who are obese (bmi over 30) and people over the age of 50. ...Read more

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Is type 2 diabetes sex-linked?

Is type 2 diabetes sex-linked?

No: No even though it can run in families but it is not sex linked recessive disease. ...Read more

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How is type 2 diabetes diagnosed?

How is type 2 diabetes diagnosed?

Many options: Symptoms such as excessive thirst and hunger, excessive urination, fatigue can point you to the possibility of diabetes. To diagnose you have 4 ways:1)fasting bs>/=126, 2)oral glucose tolerance test (drinking a high carbohydrate drink)2 hr after the drink with bs>/=200 mmol/dl 3)hba1c>6.5% or 4) random bs>200 mmol/dl with the symptoms described above. You need 2 positive tests to confirm diagnosis. ...Read more

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What happens with type 2 diabetes?

What happens with type 2 diabetes?

Insulin Resistance: If you have Type2 Diabetese your body does not use insulin properly.This is called Insulin Resistance.At first your Pancreas make extra insulin to make up for it.But over time can not keep up and can not make enough Insulin to keep sugar at normal levels.Your Blood Sugar goes up and you need medicines that work on the insulin resistance along with diet and exrcise.Some may need more than one med ...Read more

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What kind of disorder is type 2 diabetes?

What kind of disorder is type 2 diabetes?

Older patients: Type two diabetes is generally seen in older patients. It is caused by the body becoming resistant to Insulin so initially the Insulin level is high as opposed to juvenile diabetes where there is a lack of insulin. However, eventually the type two diabetic may have low Insulin levels also and require insulin. Both are major risk factors for vascular disease. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of type 2 diabetes?

What are the symptoms of type 2 diabetes?

See below: Excessive urination, increased thirst, blurred vision, fatigue and weight loss are the key symptoms of uncontrolled diabetes. ...Read more

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Is there a solution for type 2 diabetes?

Is there a solution for type 2 diabetes?

Type II Diabetes: You can use oral medicine your doc will prescribe. You can also change your lifestyle and stay in touch w/doc so meds can be adjusted or eliminated. The right diet and exercise can help most folks get rid of this disorder. Type 2 diabetes has become epidemic. Peace and good health. Good for your to work on this while young. ...Read more

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What to do if I may have type 2 diabetes?

What to do if I may have type 2 diabetes?

Diabetes: Type 2 diabetes is a lifestyle disease. Work with a good provider and eliminate carbs, start exercising, and lose weight. There are supplements and medications that your provider may recommend, as well. ...Read more

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Is it possible that I have type 2 diabetes?

Is it possible that I have type 2 diabetes?

Diabetes Statistics: 1) 29.1 million Americans have diabetes; 2) 86 million Americans have pre-diabetes; 3) 1 in 4 Americans 65 year old and older have diabetes; 4) $245 billion is the annual cost of diabetes in medical care and lost wages. Ref. AARP Bulletin, Oct.2014 ...Read more

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What are possible causes of type 2 diabetes?

What are possible causes of type 2 diabetes?

Genetics, diet &: Lack of exercise. Genes are the major determinant of diabetes. However, about 60% of the otherwise susceptible persons can avoid getting diabetes by losing weight and exercising. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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What are my chances of getting type 2 diabetes?

What are my chances of getting type 2 diabetes?

Some considerations:: 1) Genes determine some but not all risk; 2) Same risks of heart disease (hypertension, hi triglyceride & cholesterol) raise diabetic risk; 3) Not everyone with type 2 diabetes is overweight or obese; 4) Risk rises with age, but's it's never too late to make healthy changes; 5)The more you move, the better; 6) Heart-healthy diet can prevent/delay diabetes; 7) Reduce stress to lower risk. Ref.AARP ...Read more

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Differentiate type1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes?

Differentiate type1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes?

Diabetes: 37 M asks: Differentiate type 1 and type2 diabetes. But does not ask how much detail. ANS: I would google this for detailed answer. In brief: 2 is inherited, 1 is not. 1 develops suddenly, 2 does not. 2 associated with obesity 1 usually not. 1 requires insulin. No insulin u die. , 2 does not till advanced. 1 shortens life much more than 2. 1 much more likely to go blind and end up on dialysis. ...Read more

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What increases the risk for type 2 diabetes in families?

What increases the risk for type 2 diabetes in families?

Genetics, lifestyle: Families share some same genetics, and often many of the same habits as well. Certain families & ethnic groups are very prone to diabetes (latinos, native americans, african-americans, and many asians). Risk also increases with less exercise, being overweight, and eating a lot of processed carbs (white flour & sugar), all of which are habits usually learned at home and within the family. ...Read more

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Is it possible to join the military if I have type 2 diabetes?

No, you can not.: See: http://usmilitary. About. Com/od/joiningthemilitary/a/endocrine. Htm. "Current or history of diabetes mellitus (250) is disqualifying." derived from department of defense (dod) directive 6130.3, "physical standards for appointment, enlistment, and induction, " and dod instruction 6130.4. ...Read more

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How do I prevent type 2 diabetes?

How do I prevent type 2 diabetes?

Do what is right: Eat healthy and in proper quantities, exercise and do not drink alcohol. It may not keep you from getting diabetes, but it will help you. ...Read more

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How do you prevent type 2 diabetes?

How do you prevent type 2 diabetes?

Might not be able to: Sometimes it runs in families or I caused by a virus that attacks your pancreas, but you can lower your risk by avoiding soda, alcohol, sweets. Foods with the highest glycemic index include bananas, grapes, raisins and corn, so you want to limit these too. Maintain a healthy weight with a BMI less than 25. ...Read more

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Is jujube good for type 2 diabetes?

Is jujube good for type 2 diabetes?

Do not rely.....: I would not rely on alternative medicine for the treatment of something as important as diabetes 2. If you do have diabetes. See a dr. And have him outline an appropriate treatment plan for you. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for type 2 diabetes?

Is there a cure for type 2 diabetes?

No: There is no cure for diabetes 2 yet. There are a few treatment options though, including some advanced procedures. The most widely used & successful treatment is medications and/or insulin. However, procedures like pancreas transplant and stem cell therapy may be used in very select cases. The best way to avoid diabetic complications is strict diet & exercise — decrease blood sugar & pressure. ...Read more

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Is caduet alright with type 2 diabetes?

Is caduet alright with type 2 diabetes?

Yes: But why pay a premium for convenience?
Check each component's cost for your healthplan.
Ask your diabetologist. ...Read more

Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Diabetes (Adult Onset Or Type 2) (Definition)

A chronic condition that affects the way the body processes blood sugar (glucose). ...Read more