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Can Type 2 Diabetes Kill You
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Insulin resistance: A big part of the problem is resistance to insulin's normal actions develops. Insulin resistance is affected by body composition, diet, activity. With sedentary lifestyle, more body fat, higher weight/obesity comes more resistance to Insulin and higher blood sugars. Eating healthy, exercising, losing weight, building muscle can all prevent or delay type 2 diabetes from developing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Type 1 vs 2 diabetes: Usually overweight patients have type 2, and underweight patients have type 1 (especially if they are actively losing weight, as children & teens with type 1 do). But you can also prove this with a few lab tests. Ask your doctor to run a C-peptide test. This measures how much Insulin your pancreas makes, and is not skewed by Insulin shots. A very low level (sometimes zero) indicates type 1. ...Read more
No: It is important to distinguish "diabetic ketoacidosis" (DKA) from "nutritional ketosis". Ketones are used by the body for energy when sugar is not available. DKA happens in diabetics when sugar is unable to get into cells without more insulin (insulin is required to get glucose into cells). In nutrional ketosis the person isn't eating sugar/carbs. Also, the ketone levels are 10x higher in DKA. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
High glucose: In the early stages, t2dm can be treated with diet and wt loss. Wt loss is always good, but next step are drugs that target the core defect: Insulin resistance, poor Insulin response to meals with drugs like metformin, actos, januvia (sitagliptin). In time, that may not work either, and then you need to use insulin. Wt loss may work to get you off insulin. ...Read more
Diet, exercise +meds: The first and best way is to control the diet.This is ideally done with the help of a nutrtionist and diabetes expert. Stability in the diet ie eating 3 meals and 2 snacks a day, keeping carbs stable and lowering calories not only helps with weight loss but also with deciding on med choice.The medications for diabetes are excellent, and your doctor can help find the best choice if diet isnt enough. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Diabetes: Not possible, with proper treatment.Get a more detailed answer ›
Diabetes in family: You have an increased chance of developing diabetes because you father has it. This is a factor beyond your control. However, there are things you can control, and that would be eating a healthy diet, with less simple sugars, exercising, and keeping your weight down. You want to reduce your tendency to develop Insulin resistance, and the best way is to keep your stomach flat and trim. ...Read more
Go Mobile!: aggressively change your family lifestyle. Mobile Health games can help. We recommend water, increased veggie intake and walking 10k steps a day. Changing your behavior is HARD! Here is a health game that will help! Commit to tracking your nutrition and weighing in weekly. Designed by a 12 year old in my practice https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/personal-medicine+/id846379884?m ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Weight loss: A healthy lifestyle if the best prevention against type 2 diabetes. This should include a healthy diet with low carbs, low fat/cholesterol, and calorie restriction. Regular physical activity is also recommended. All of the above should result in weight loss, which should help to prevent diabetes. ...Read more
A tincture of Tino: Unfortunately in this country there isn't enough research to support such use. This botanical has anti-inflammatory properties and is used for diabetes management overseas but its effects and method of action are not well understood. Without sound evidence to support its use here, you're better off losing weight if obese, eating healthier foods and exercising. Exercise is always good medicine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Type1 diabetes can consider themselves "diabetic".Patients with type 2 diabetes are not "diabetic", they should work to get rid of it. Agree or not?
Cannot be answered: God only knows the answer to that question. This is so dependent upon so many things. Most people would not even need medication who have type 2 if they would achieve normal weight, exercise properly, and eat a balanced diet without overeating. We love life so much, we kill ourselves. Rj. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A few ways: Diabetes, whether it is type 1 or 2, can affect vision several ways: fluctuating blood sugars can cause the vision to blur in and out over days or weeks; dry eyes can develop which cause minute-to-minute vision changes; cataracts can develop, causing decreased vision and difficulty with glare; and the retina can develop bleeding, scarring and detachments, all of which cause permanent vision loss. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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