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Will diabetes be found on a yearly physical exam?

Will diabetes be found on a yearly physical exam?

Exam with labs.: If the yearly examination includes blood work- a fasting glucose level may be noted. If there is signficant physical pathology noted during the examination - the doctor can explore this further. ...Read more

Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Diabetes (Definition)

Diabetes is a disease of increased blood glucose levels. Glucose is a type of sugar that comes from the intake of food. Insulin is a type of hormone that removes the glucose from the blood and moves it into the cells to provide them with energy. There are two different types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is when the body does not make any insulin. Therefore, glucose stays inside the blood and does not move into the cells. Type 2 diabetes, which is commonly associated with obesity, is when the body is either resistant to the effects of insulin or when the body does not produce enough insulin. Increased levels of glucose in the body causes severe damage to the ...Read more


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Is their a time frame that women with diabetes should follow for check-ups such as gynecological exams?

Is their a time frame that women with diabetes should follow for check-ups such as gynecological exams?

Same as non-DM: Basically same as non diabetic women, although you should personally pay more attention to any symptoms down there that might suggest an infection (discharge or rash or pain on urination). ...Read more

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Why am i always thirsty even though im well hydrated? I drink daily 2lt of water, i don't have diabetes cus i took multiple exams already and im fine.

Why am i always thirsty even though im well hydrated? I drink daily 2lt of water, i don't have diabetes cus i took  multiple exams already and im fine.

Depends: Thirst is your body's warning syndrome that something is out of balance.. If you are not dehydrated and your urine is normal, there is no physical reason for your thirst. Dry mouth is a sensation that can occur with medication use , fear/anxiety reactions, or rheumatologic conditions with poor saliva production.. You may be drinking water because of dry mouth. ...Read more

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Should i be tested for diabetics, and if so how? At my vision exam my optometrist (od) said i likely have diabetes and I should see an md. I saw an ophthalmologist (md) who said he can't provide an explanation for my vision problems. He said my symptoms

Should i be tested for diabetics, and if so how? At my vision exam my optometrist (od) said i likely have diabetes and I should see an md.  I saw an ophthalmologist (md) who said he can't provide an explanation for my vision problems.  He said my symptoms

Test blood sugars: Absolutely! see your fp for an a1c, bloodwork, and a plan for self-maintenance of checking blood sugars and taking medications to manage diabetes. If your eye doctor already sees changes typical from diabetes (retinopathy), it is completely appropriate to start an entire diabetic lifestyle of weight loss, exercise, and routine visits. Your vision can improve with blood sugar control. ...Read more

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I had stool exam, the results showed rare yeast cells, what does that means? Had no diabetes, but have hemorrhoids.

I had stool exam, the results showed rare yeast cells, what does that means? Had no diabetes, but have hemorrhoids.

Minimal: Yeast are a normal inhabitant of our colon and can be seen on stool examinations. Like bacteria, some yeast take up residence there and live for years, enjoying undigested matter. They can, on occasion, cause an issue- but if you are fine then leave them alone and let them enjoy life in the warm confines of your bowel. ...Read more

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Could you tell me if someone has diabetes and macular degeneration, do they still need to have a yearly dilated eye exam?

Could you tell me if someone has diabetes and macular degeneration, do they still need to have a yearly dilated eye exam?

Eye health: Someone with diabetes and no eye complications (diabetic retinopathy) should have a complete dilated exam once a year. Persons with macular degeneration should have a dilated exam at least twice a year if they have the dry type and more often if they have the wet (exudative) type, especially if they are undergoing active treatment with Lucentis (ranibizumab) or avastin. ...Read more

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What are the parts of a physical exam on a new female patient? Age 61, partial hysterectomy, diabetes, high blood pressure, angina

What are the parts of a physical exam on a new female patient? Age 61, partial hysterectomy, diabetes, high blood pressure, angina

Full H&P: Im guessing if your asking this question you went to a new dr and he didnt do as detailed h&p as you would have expected. You may have seen the bill and were even more surprised. If im right you can check on line a see the billing codes and see what they should involve. Then if you feel theres a problem address it with your doctor. Usually if they are busy they are un aware and will remady things. ...Read more