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Diabetic retinopathy, curable?

Diabetic retinopathy, curable?

Treatable!!: Tremendous advances in therapies for this issue, all dictated by extent of changes. Critical you are under care of retinal specialist to counsel you on best treatment protocols. ...Read more

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Is diabetic retinopathy curable?

Is diabetic retinopathy curable?

Diabetic retinopathy: In susceptible diabetics, prolonged poor control leads to weakening of the outer walls of vessels in the retina leading to outpouching (microaneurysms), leaks, scarring, and vascular occlusion leading to ischemia. Ischemia sends out a signal (vegf) causing the growth of new vessels (neovascularization) which leak, and can lead to retinal detachment and proliferation. It is treatable - hurry. ...Read more

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Whats diabetic retinopathy?

Whats diabetic retinopathy?

Control Risk Factors: Tight control of glucose can help prevent or delay the onset of retinopathy. Control of blood pressure and cholesterol are also important factors. It is important for all diabetics to get annual dilated eye exams from an ophthalmologist to determine whether retinopathy is present. ...Read more

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What is proliferative diabetic retinopathy?

New vessel growth: The main risk factors for causing pdr are having diabetes for longer than 10 years and poor blood sugar control. Pdr results when retinal blood vessels begin to grow abnormally in response to poor retinal circulation. The new vessels are fragile and bleed easily and bleeding is the main cause of vision loss in pdr. Treatments include laser, vitrectomy surgery, and intravitreal injections. ...Read more

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Is diabetic retinopathy reversible?

No: Diabetic retinopathy may be prevented by good blood sugar control ( HGB A1c of <7.0) and may be treated with laser photo coagulation or anti-vegf( vascular endothelial growth factor) injections if it is detected early enough but although the changes may be stabilized and neovascularization may involute the retinopathy is not reversible. ...Read more

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Is diabetic retinopathy treatable?

Is diabetic retinopathy treatable?

Yes: Diabetic retinopathy is very treatable with laser, steroids, and a new class of medicines called vegf inhibitors. The specific treatment needed depends on the type and extent of the retinopathy. The most important thing is that early treatment always gives the best results. Diabetics need to be monitored at least every year to evaluate for any retinopathy. ...Read more

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Is diabetic perepheral neuropathy reversible?

Is  diabetic perepheral neuropathy reversible?

It is not: You can stop progression by very tight control of glucose. Glucose is damaging your nerves try grain free, soy free diet, sugar free. ...Read more

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How is diabetic nephropathy diagnosed?

How is diabetic nephropathy diagnosed?

Protein in urine: If you have diabetes, early diabetic nephropathy can be suspected if your doctor tests the urine for microalbumin, and then later for protein.Usually no need to do a kidney biopsy especially if the retina of the eye also has diabetic changes.Your nephrologists determines this. ...Read more

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How is diabetic retinopathy diagnosed?

How is diabetic retinopathy diagnosed?

Eye exam.: An eye doctor, usually an ophthalmologist or a specialist in the diseases of the retina, diagnosis diabetic retinopathy through a careful eye exam that includes dilating the pupils. Other tests of the may also be performed using photographs, computer scans (oct), or injecting a dye into a vein in the arm and analyzing the dye's flow through the blodd vessels in the back of the eye (fa). ...Read more

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What is diabetic retinopathy?

What is diabetic retinopathy?

Bad: Diabetic retinopathy is caused by blood vessel damage due to high sugar levels. It can cause leakage of fluid from vessels causing swelling. It can also cause the vessels to die leading to the retina not getting enough blood. Both of these can permanently impair vision. The best way to avoid this is control of sugars. Many treatments exist for diabetic retinopathy. ...Read more

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What causes diabetic retinopathy?

Uncontrolled Diabete: Diabetic retinopathy comes in two types non-proliferative or proliferative. Clinical trials such as the dcct, edic, ukpds, accord, ukpds-hds, field have shown that if glucose levels, blood pressure, cholesterol, and lipids are not controlled diabetic retinopathy can get worse and lead to severe vision loss. Trials such as the etdrs, drs, drvs show that eye physicians can delay blindness. ...Read more

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Is diabetes type II diabetes curable?

Is diabetes type II diabetes curable?

Yes and No.: Diabetes is genetic. We can treat the disease and then management will take care of the rest. Proper diet, exercise, management of stress all play a role. The younger you are and healthier you keep your ideal weight for age and height, the better chances you have to become "diet" regulated versus "medicine" regulated. Talk with your primary doc or meet with an endocrinologist. ...Read more

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How does diabetes cause diabetic retinopathy?

Retinopathy: Retinopathy is unfortunately not uncommon in diabetes that is poorly controlled. If that is what you have you must see your eye doctor ASAP for careful evaluation and management. Do not delay or it will be too late! ...Read more

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What are diabetic neuropathies?

What are diabetic neuropathies?

Poor nerve function: Nerve disease/damage thought to be caused by poor blood supply to nerves &/or high blood sugar. There are 2 types of neuropathy: peripheral and autonomic. Peripheral causes loss of feeling in hands/feet, weakness & imbalance. This can lead to wound development & possible amputation. Autonomic leads to heart problems, problems w/ body temp, erectile dysfunction, dry skin, & digestive problems. ...Read more

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Do CKD + dm = diabetic nephropathy?

Do CKD + dm = diabetic nephropathy?

CKD + DM: The answer to your question is "Yes". Diabetes is the leading cause of renal failure in the US. There are 6 stages of chronic kidney disease, with stage being that of patients on dialysis. So a diabetic, depending on the duration of diabetes, the control of blood pressure and glucose, can be in any one of stages 1-5. ...Read more

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What is diabetic ketoacidosis?

What is diabetic ketoacidosis?

Complication of DM : If the body does not have enough Insulin to carry sugar into the cells for energy, the body begins to use a backup energy plan breaking down fat. This creates ketones which build up in the body and create an acidic change in the body.Since the enzymes work best in a balanced environment you feel sickly & nauseated.As the process continues the metabolism breaks down & bad things happen(you can die). ...Read more

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What is diabetic neuropathy?

What is diabetic neuropathy?

Foot ulceration: Diabetics have loss of protective sensation to their feet. This occurs because excess glucose in the blood causes pathological changes to the nerves. Poor sensation can lead to the development of sores or ulcers. Diabetic also have poor blood supply to their feet so it is difficult to heal the ulcers. The ulcers can get infected and cause gangrene of the foot. ...Read more

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Can diabetic retinopathy be cured?

No cure yet: Diabetic retinopathy cannot be cured but can be effectively treated and in the last 10 years the treatments have improved dramatically with new surgical instruments for the small percentage that require surgery and several new medications that can improve macular edema (swelling of the retina) and control bleeding. But there's no substitute for good sugar and BP control to slow progression. ...Read more

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What's the difference between 'diabetic nephropathy' & 'diabetic neuropathy'?

What's the difference between 'diabetic nephropathy' & 'diabetic neuropathy'?

Kidney vs nerves: "nephropathy" is damage to the kidneys, and "neuropathy" is damage to nerve cells. In addition to kidneys and sensory nerves, uncontrolled diabetes can also damage blood vessels & circulation, heart, brain, eye, stomach emptying, skin, immune system and just about any organ in the body. Best way to prevent is to control blood sugar. Once there is damage, may need specialist or more advanced care. ...Read more

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How long does diabetic dermopathy usually last in type 1 diabetics?

How long does diabetic dermopathy usually last in type 1 diabetics?

Possilbly lifelong.: Once it develops it may not go away. One will need to improve the control of the diabetes to help the skin. some persons get this with good control although this is not common. Best wishes with your control See your endocrine doc for further advice. ...Read more

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I have spots that look like 'diabetic dermopathy;' if my blood sugars are normal fasting and after meals, what else can it be?

I have spots that look like 'diabetic dermopathy;' if my blood sugars are normal fasting and after meals, what else can it be?

Could still be DD: The classic differential diagnosis of diabetic dermopathy (sometimes only separable by biopsy) is granuloma annulare and the rash associated with rheumatoid arthritis. But it could still be diabetic dermopathy, even if you don't have diabetes. (some believe such eruptions are a harbinger of future diabetes.) you'll need a dermatologist to sort this out. ...Read more

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What kind of condition is diabetes insipidus (d.I.)?

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What kind of condition is diabetes insipidus (d.I.)?

Missing ADH (vasopressin): Anti diuretic hormone helps concentrate the urine to keep the body's sodium and water levels balanced. If the brain does not make enough ADH (vasopressin) or of the kidney ignores the adh, (vasopressin) a person can urinate too much dilute urine, becoming hypernatremic (high sodium) and dehydrated. Can be genetic, due to head trauma, brain tumor, infection, anorexia, idiopathic. ...Read more

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It'd be possible that a person with diabetes eat natural sugar from fruits?

It'd be possible that a person with diabetes eat natural sugar from fruits?

Yes: The sugars in fruit are the same as sugar from a 10 lb bag of grocery store sugar. There are some advantages to "natural" sugar (vitamins, fiber, slow absorbtion), but the risks are identical to the usual stuff. ...Read more

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My bro is diabetic since14.Since15, his school degrees changed from(a)to(d).Now he's21, still can't focus in studying for long time.What's wrong with him

My bro is diabetic since14.Since15, his school degrees changed from(a)to(d).Now he's21, still can't focus in studying for long time.What's wrong with him

Focus and diabetes: Assuming you brother is a type 1 diabetic, there could be a few things. One is poor blood sugar control which can really effect many cognitive functions of the brain. Thyroid disorders are more common in type 1 diabetics which is another possible cause. The last is depression which is quite common in young and older diabetics. Hope this helped ...Read more

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It'd be possible that a diabetic get their nosed pierced?

It'd be possible that a diabetic get their nosed pierced?

They can but: But if they should is a different question--diabetics are at higher risk of infection and a piercing could lead to infection. They can bungee jump too--but that doesn't mean it's safe. ...Read more

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If you have been diagnosed a diabetic, then a diff Dr says you're pre-d. You have 3 FPG 129,141,127 w a1c 5.9, is the diagnosis that crucial?

If you have been diagnosed a diabetic, then a diff Dr says you're pre-d. You have 3 FPG 129,141,127 w a1c 5.9, is the diagnosis that crucial?

Two related: diagnoses differing only in intensity. This adds up to the need for you to change your lifestyle, e.g., diet and exercise, w/guidance from your doc. 50% of USA population is now pre-diabetic or diabetic. The damage this does to body eventually is great. I'm glad someone is helping you catch this early. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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My pth level161 low vitatamin d high calcium and diabetes how danger is?

My pth level161 low vitatamin d high calcium and diabetes how danger is?

HPT: You have hyperparathyroidism. If left untreated, your risks of heart attack, stroke, osteoporosis, and chronic kidney disease are ALL increased. This will compound the effects of your diabetes. It’s very hard/impossible to cure diabetes but hyperparathyroidism can be cured with surgery. I recommend you fix what you can. ...Read more

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Is drinking glucose-D powder mixed with water safe for people with diabetes?

Is drinking glucose-D powder mixed with water safe for people with diabetes?

Powder: Depends entirely on what this powder does to your blood sugar. If it is too high after this powder don't take it. ...Read more

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If you have type two diabetes should you see a diabetes specialist or a regular m.D.?

If you have type two diabetes should you see a diabetes specialist or a regular m.D.?

Both: It is best to see both as the regular md will be monitoring your over all health and keeping you up to date on tetanus, shingles vaccines, cancer checks injuries ect. The diabetes specialist wil be closely monitoring your a1c readings, blood glucose readings and the need for adjusting your Insulin or pills, which the regular md would not have as much expertise. ...Read more

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I am a diabetes mellitus type1.. And im insulin dependent.. But i'd stop taking insulin coz of the budget.. Is it ok to stop my insulin?

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I am a diabetes mellitus type1.. And im insulin dependent.. But i'd stop taking insulin coz of the budget.. Is it ok to stop my insulin?

No. absolutely not: If you want to end up in the hospital, or possible die, then it would be ok to stop your insulin. If you are type i diabetic, you will be on Insulin for the rest of your life. It is not optional. ...Read more

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I'm a diabetic kitoacidosis.I find it hard to control my sugar level.I'd cut totally on sugar&eat very min carb.I'm on 68units of insulin a day.

I'm a diabetic kitoacidosis.I find it hard to control my sugar level.I'd cut totally on sugar&eat very min carb.I'm on 68units of insulin a day.

Exercise + wt. loss: It appears you have a degree of Insulin resistance. If you are overweight, even mild to moderate weight loss will make you more Insulin sensitive and help your diabetes control. Also regular exercise will help increase Insulin sensitivity. By the way avoiding all refined foods and eating a generous amount of vegetables will help as well. ...Read more

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M/59 yrs old/t1 diabetic. 5 stents in rca w/ controlled mi. 2mm d in lda; no stents. Scarring & severe damage to apex. Life expectancy? Suggestions?

M/59 yrs old/t1 diabetic. 5 stents in rca w/ controlled mi. 2mm d in lda; no stents. Scarring & severe damage to apex. Life expectancy? Suggestions?

Seek expert care: It sounds as if you have provided many details but not enough to establish a prognosis. Much more info is required such as family history, height, weight, diet, exercise tolerance, co-morbid conditions, etc. This decision is best made by a specialist with a detailed knowledge of more detailed info. ...Read more

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How common is diabetes?

How common is diabetes?

Link to stats: http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/data/statistics/2014statisticsreport.html

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How do you get diabetes?

How do you get diabetes?

Genes and food: For the majority of diabetics (those with type 2), it's a combination of genetic predisposition and being overweight. It can also sometimes be causes by medications like steroids and some psych drugs, pancreatic surgery or pancreatitis. It's not entirely clear why people get type 1 diabetes. ...Read more

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What can cause diabetes?

What can cause diabetes?

Diabetes cause: Type 2 diabetes is considered a polygenic disorder with multiple causes. Basically ine must have a genetic predisposition towards developing diabetes, be exposed to a particular environmental trigger (obesity, low viramin d, a virus or illness, a medication) which results in the inability of the pancreas to produce insulin. Over time blood sugars rise and one develops diabetes. ...Read more

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What can a diabetic eat?

What can a diabetic eat?

Almost anything: In moderation. If your doctor has not done so yet have him refer you to a dietician who is knowledgable about diabetes. ...Read more

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How do you get diabetes?

How do you get diabetes?

Genetic propensity: Combined with obesity (which means you need more Insulin to get sugar into cells) 'stressing' beta-cells that produce insulin. If one's beta cells can't keep up with the increased Insulin demand, sugar doesn't get into cells, blood sugar rises, = diabetes. ...Read more

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Can a jock have diabetes?

Yes: Having diabetes has not held back these kids: http://kids.Jdrf.Org/index.Cfm?Page_id=109851 additionally, there are many famous athletes with diabetes: http://www.Dlife.Com/diabetes/famous_people/sports. ...Read more

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Who gets type I diabetes?

Who gets type I diabetes?

Anyone: Most type 1 diabetes is diagnosed in children but it can occur at any age. I just diagnosed a 63 year old man with new type 1 diabetes last week. The old term, juvenile diabetes, makes us think type 1 diabetes is a children's disease but it is not! type 1 diabetes can also run in families and is more common in siblings and children of people with type 1 diabetes. ...Read more

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