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Doctor insights on: Can You Be Diabetic For Years And Not Know It

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Can statins cause problems i dont know about? im on simvastatin and wondered about that and if i should even be taking it or if id be better off not

Can statins cause problems i dont know about? im on simvastatin and wondered about that and if i should even be taking it or if id be better off not

Speak to your doctor: It is best not to stop a medication,especially if you're not currently having side effects,without discussing this with your doctor. He or she will consider your entire medical history, lab tests and exam and be better able to judge when and whether you can come off of a medication. Be careful how much acetaminophen you take with simvastatin to avoid liver issues. ...Read more

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What are the precautions do I need to take as I am diabetic since past a year? Will it ever be cured completely as its diagnosed at a very young age?

What are the precautions do I need to take as I am diabetic since past a year? Will it ever be cured completely as its diagnosed at a very young age?

Evaluation Needed: Diabetes is important to manage so if you haven't seen a doctor recently and tested for blood sugar levels and a1c lab numbers, then you should get evaluated. Depending on the evaluation, they can recommend lifestyle and diet restrictions and things you can do at home to manage your diabetes. Please do not take it lightly as diabetes is very serious and needs managed. ...Read more

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Is the medications I am on causing there to be a reason i can not lose weight? If so what ones if not all? Thank you so much

Is the medications I am on causing there to be a reason i can not lose weight? If so what ones if not all? Thank you so much

Some medications: Do promote weight gain. You need to discuss the specifics of this with your doc. Please follow his/her advice and don't change your med or dose w/out consulting doc. Food plan and exercise and lifestyle are important factors also. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Is depression genetic? And if so how can you tell if you have it?

Is depression genetic? And if so how can you tell if you have it?

Depression: Depression is due to a combination of genetic vulnerability and environmental influence. Studies show increased incidence in monozygotic twins, and that vulnerability to depression is more heritable in women than men. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=16390897 prolonged sad mood, loss of interest, and changes in energy, sleep, and appetite are some symptoms of depression. ...Read more

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Can you have chancroid for a year and not know it?

Can you have chancroid for a year and not know it?

Unlikely: Chancroid causes the body to produce painful genital ulcers within a short period of time. You would know if something was wrong down there. The incubation period is usually a day to a couple of weeks. ...Read more

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I am not old enough to be a emt, but what can I do to have the knowledge they have?

I am  not old enough to be a emt, but what can I do to have the knowledge they have?

EMT book: Mosby and Brady are two publishers of EMS textbooks. You can read on your own, but if 17+ can usually take an EMT course, just pending certification exam until 18, which is age for most jurisdictions. ...Read more

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Can you have a TIA and not know it?

Can you have a TIA and not know it?

Unlikely: It is unlikely. Tia causes short-term decrease in brain function which usually results in a deficit which is easily detected/observable - weakness, numbness, speech disturbance, visual deficit etc. It is unlikely to have a TIA and not know it. ...Read more

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I would like to know if a person has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and takes medication. If you stop can it lead to cardiovascular issues?

I would like to know if a person has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and takes medication. If you stop can it lead to cardiovascular issues?

Depends: Some antipsychotic medication may has risk for cardiovascular issues. However schizophrenia itself can place a patient at risk for cardiovascular issues as well. ...Read more

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What is endometriosis? What are the symptoms, how do you know you have it and can it be detected without a doctors visit?

What is endometriosis? What are the symptoms, how do you know you have it and can it be detected without a doctors visit?

Variable: Endometriosis is when uterine lining tissue grows outside the uterus. Typical symptoms are infertility, pelvic pain, abnormal bleeding and cramping during menses. The history alone is accurate 89% of the time in one report. Definitive diagnosis usually requires a laparoscopic surgery. ...Read more

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Could it be unhealthy not to have your period for years?

Could it be unhealthy not to have your period for years?

It could for some: As you know, it is normal for girls not to have "periods" from birth till menarche; pregnant women do not menstruate for 9 months; normal healthy postmenopausal women do not have periods for decades. DepoProvera and the levonorgestrel IUD may cause amenorrhea for years...If the absence of periods is associated with estrogen deficiency, risks of osteoporosis and other metabolic changes increase ...Read more

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If you are trying to quit a narotics that you have been taken for a year, can you prescribe something for the withdrawls?

If you are trying to quit a narotics  that you have been taken for a year, can you prescribe something for the withdrawls?

Yes: there are medications to ease withdrawal. However another option is just to very slowly decrease the amount of medications you are taking. If you do that it will make the withdrawal symptoms minimal – as well as your discomfort. Good luck. Surely you should be under the care of a physician during this time. ...Read more

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I'm diabetic and want to get pregnant but i don't want my child to have it. Is it possible for them not to have it if i do?

I'm diabetic and want to get pregnant but i don't want my child to have it. Is it possible for them not to have it if i do?

Not passed directly: The tendency toward developing diabetes is influenced by genetics but is not passed as you would eye color or other common traits. Infants of diabetic mothers can have related problems that can be minimized if mom's blood sugar is well controlled during pregnancy.Most will do well & not develop diabetes. <10% might develop type 1 in their lifetime. Anyone can develop type 2 if conditions are right. ...Read more

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What to do if I have read that in type 2 diabetes, the symptoms can be virtually non-existent, so how can you tell?

What to do if I have read that in type 2 diabetes, the symptoms can be virtually non-existent, so how can you tell?

Get tested: Ask your doctor to be tested for pre-diabetes/diabetes. He/she will order you blood tests (fasting sugar, hba1c, oral glucose tolerance test) to evaluate and confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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How can you avoid having a heart attack? I know it's not likely for someone my age to have one, but how do I prevent it for the future?

How can you avoid having a heart attack? I know it's not likely for someone my age to have one, but how do I prevent it for the future?

Can't always avoid: Hi. Your genes play a huge role in your risk of an MI, and you're stuck with your genes. However, healthy living can really help lower risk: healthy diet, regular exercise, don't ever smoke, treat obvious modifiable risk factors (cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure), and see a doctor for health issues. Do your mom, dad, and/or any grandparents have a history of MI? Most of all, live healthy ...Read more

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Diabetic, is there a way to tell if I have ketones without testing and what to do if think I have them. I'm at home and not feeling good.

Diabetic, is there a way to tell if I have ketones without testing and what to do if think I have them. I'm at home and not feeling good.

NEEDS TO BE CHECKED: Only way you can tell at home is checking your blood sugar and urine drip stix your blood sugar will be high and there will be glucose and acetone positive in the urine if you can not test it at home and are feeling sick, go to the nearest er as keto acidosis is a serious medical emergency and needs to be treated asap. ...Read more

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