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Diabetes (Overview)

Diabetes mellitus originally means sweet urine. It results from the inability of the body to properly process food we consume into sugar and control it. Medically is defined as persistently high blood sugar above 125mg/dl in the fasting state or above 200 randomly--this is how docs test your blood to diagnose diabetes. Stay well and have fun learning. Good luck.


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What are the symptoms of diabetes?

What are the symptoms of diabetes?

Excessive thirst: Some of the most common symptoms of diabetes mellitus are excessive thirst, excessive hunger, fatigue, and urinating frequently. ...Read more

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Diabetes (Overview)

Diabetes mellitus originally means sweet urine. It results from the inability of the body to properly process food we consume into sugar and control it. Medically is defined as persistently high blood sugar above 125mg/dl in the fasting state or above 200 randomly--this is how docs test your blood to diagnose diabetes. Stay well and have fun learning. Good luck.


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What are the complications or difficulties of diabetes?

What are the complications or difficulties of diabetes?

Too Many: The elevated glucose in the blood stream affects almost every tissue in your body, in a bad way. Brain strokes, heart attacks, teeth loss, kidney failure, peripheral neuropathy, blindness, dry eyes, prone to infections, foot ulcer and limb loss. ...Read more

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How we can reduce the risk of diabetes?

How we can reduce the risk of diabetes?

Diet and exercise: The most effective way to decrease the risk of diabetes is to achieve and maintain a normal weight and to exercise regularly. There is also evidence that certain medications can decrease the risk, but diet and exercise are the most effective ways of preventing diabetes. ...Read more

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What are some tips to help manage living with diabetes?

What are some tips to help manage living with diabetes?

Stay Healthy: You can live with diabetes through employment of regular cardiovascular exercise, proper nutrition (small frequent meals with fiber included with each meal and limitation of simple sugars) and normal weight maintenance. Maintain a positive attitude, check fingersticks regularly and make adjustments to your strategy based on the results. ...Read more

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Is there any danger to working out too hard with diabetes?

Is there any danger to working out too hard with diabetes?

Can be: The biggest risk is low blood sugar. Your Insulin requirement is based on resting metabolism. It is easy enough to remedy. Bring your testing supplies and some quick-release glucose, maybe even eat a small snack before. Stop if you have symptoms. Diabetics also risk for heart disease. Consult your doctor for specific recs. Exercise definitely encouraged! ...Read more

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Is it possible for a child to develop diabetes?

Is it possible for a child to develop diabetes?

Yes: Absolutely. Type i diabetes usually has its onset in childhood, and we are seeing an increasing number of children developing type ii diabetes associated with obesity. ...Read more

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When is the best time to have a child tested for diabetes?

Whenever needed: Good reasons for testing for diabetes vary depending upon circumstances. A child who seems to be eating a lot but losing weight, abnormally thirsty and urinating a lot, or with sudden blurred vision should be checked immediately. With risk factors for type 1 diabetes (family history, other autoimmune diseases) or type 2 diabetes (family history, obesity, dark skin patches) screening may be needed. ...Read more

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How can I cope with my feelings after my child's recent diabetes diagnosis?

How can I cope with my feelings after my child's recent diabetes diagnosis?

Talk: Talk with family, friends, neighbors, and/or your child's doctor. Talk with other people with diabetes, if you know any. Also, look for local support groups. ...Read more

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What is diabetes?

What is diabetes?

Can't use carbs: Diabetes mellitus simply is the inability to utilize carbs, sugars by your body. It can be from a few different reasons, both related to a hormone called insulin. In some cases your body has no insulin, in some cases your body is resistant to insulin. ...Read more

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If I have diabetes, what numbers should I be aware of?

If I have diabetes, what numbers should I be aware of?

123's of ABC's: Diabetes is all about numbers but letters too...Be sure you know the 123's of your abc's a - a1c: <7.0% but individualize b - blood pressure: <130/<80 c - cholesterol: LDL <100 & <70 if high risk for heart disease d - diet: carbohydrate count e - exercise: 150 minutes/week of moderate intensity exercise f - figure: 10% weight loss g - glucose: fasting = 70-130 & peak 1-2 hour after eating = <180. ...Read more

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Diabetes Type 2 (Definition)

Diabetes Mellitus type 2, or adult onset diabetes, is a condition that is caused by insulin resistance. This means that the muscle and fat cells of the body do not take up blood glucose, leaving a high blood glucose. Some type 2 ...Read more


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