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Doctor insights on: Diseases That Mimic Diabetes

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Are there diseases similar to diabetes?

Are there diseases similar to diabetes?

Yes and no: Diabetes is serious, incurable, a major disturbance in metabolism, predisposes people to atherosclerosis, predisposes to small vessel disease, causes the kidneys to fail, compromises neutrophil function, is autoimmune (type i) or polygenic (type ii), is lifestyle-modifiable, and is common. It shares each with dozens of other diseses. Classroom compare-and-contrast work is for little kids. ...Read more

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Diabetes (Definition)

A group of diseases that result in too much sugar in the ...Read more


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Not sure is diabetes a disease or disorder?

Not sure is diabetes a disease or disorder?

A disease.: According to the american diabetes association, "diabetes mellitus (mel-ih-tus), or simply, diabetes, is a group of diseases characterized by high blood glucose levels that result from defects in the body's ability to produce and/or use insulin." the actual definition of disorder and disease are very similar, but the term disorder implies less severe. I would stress that diabetes is quite serious. ...Read more

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Wanted to know whether diabetes is killer disease?

Wanted to know whether diabetes is killer disease?

Yes: Leading causes of death for 2011
•heart disease: 597, 689
cancer: 574, 743
•chronic lower respiratory diseases: 138, 080
•stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 129, 476
•accidents (unintentional injuries): 120, 859
•alzheimer's disease: 83, 494
diabetes: 69, 071
•nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 50, 476
influenza and pneumonia: 50, 097
•intentional self-harm (suicide): 38, 364. ...Read more

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Is diabetes a disease or it effect only other part of body.

Is diabetes a disease or it effect only other part of body.

Yes to both: Diabetes is a couple of diseases that have widespread effects on almost every part of the body. ...Read more

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Is diabetes becoming the most common disease in the world now?

Is diabetes becoming the most common disease in the world now?

Unfortunately!: Type 2 diabetes is becoming a world-wide epidemic due to questionable (fast-food) diets and lack of exercise. This parallels the obesity epidemic. I don't know if it's the most common disease, but it is a world health crisis in the making. ...Read more

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Would like to have explanation. Diabetes is what type of disease?

Would like to have explanation. Diabetes is what type of disease?

Metabolic: It is a endocrine disease. The medical specialty that focuses on this category of diseases is endocrinology. ...Read more

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Do you know of other well-known diseases or disorders that are similar to diabetes?

Do you know of other well-known diseases or disorders that are similar to diabetes?

No: Diabetes insipidus sounds like diabetes mellitus in name alone; but it's a totally different disorder. There are many things that can worsen or help to accelerate diabetes, but it's all diabetes from there on. ...Read more

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Should I be on medication with my nombers for diabetes tinkering between 5.6- 6.5 with a history of the disease in the family.?

Should I be on medication with my nombers for diabetes tinkering between 5.6- 6.5 with a history of the disease in the family.?

Maybe.: Numbers are so good that diet, exercise and weight loss might be considered for a few months. If this is not effective then meds would be very helpful with the goal of inducing some weight loss then consideration of stopping meds. ...Read more

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Why is it important to raise awareness of rare disorders? Lizzie Velasquez is famous for a disease that few people have, while millions suffer from Diabetes...

Why is it important to raise awareness of rare disorders? Lizzie Velasquez is famous for a disease that few people have, while millions suffer from Diabetes...

Both are important: It is important to raise awareness of rare disorders so that people suffering from them can be recognized, diagnosed and treated. It is also very important to make people aware of common disorder such as diabetes and heart disease so that they will recognize symptoms and get treated. ...Read more

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Is diabetes disease contagious?

Is diabetes disease contagious?

No: Diabetes is a problem with control of blood glucose in the body. It is not an infection and is not contagious. ...Read more

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Might somebody have celiac disease and diabetes?

Might somebody have celiac disease and diabetes?

Yes: It is a known association of type I or childhood onset diabetes. About 10% of these types of diabetics also have celiac disease. Adult onset diabetes is caused by a different mechanism, and is not related. However, it is possible to have the 2 conditions together. ...Read more

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Is diabetes a nervous system disease?

Is diabetes a nervous system disease?

Not quite: Diabetes can affect the nervous system but the cause of diabetes is not the nervous system. For example, poorly controlled diabetes can lead to neuropathy or damage of the nerves. It can affect the feeling of your hands and feet and less often after very prolonged diabetes can affect your autonomic nervous system and lead to stomach problems or syncopal issues. ...Read more

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Can I get diabetes if I have family history of that disease?

Can I get diabetes if I have family history of that disease?

American Diabetes: Association article:

http://www.Diabetes.Org/diabetes-basics/genetics-of-diabetes. Html.

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What is the difference between diabetes and addison's disease?

What is the difference between diabetes and addison's disease?

2 different diseases: Diabetes is a disorder where your blood sugar runs high. Addison's disease is a disease at the adrenal gland where it fails to produce its hormones. They have nothing to do with each other except there is a condition called polyglandular syndrome where you can get both diabetes and addison's disease at the same time. ...Read more

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Is true that any berry is good for lots of diseases including diabetes?

Is true that any berry is good for lots of diseases including diabetes?

High antioxidant: A recent study shows daily consumtion of berries decreases the incidence of strokes 33%- blueberry, strawberry, black berry & raspberry etc. High in vit c & antioxidants. ...Read more

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How can I tell if squid safe to be consumed for person with diabetes disease?

How can I tell if squid safe to be consumed for person with diabetes disease?

Diabetes M. = ↑Sugar: Diabetes mellitus is defined as elevated blood glucose; optimal hba1c ≤5.0%. By ada promoted standards, dm is not present until hba1c ≥6.5%. Thus eating foods containing little to no sugar, e.g. Meats, should not be a problem. On the other hand, tastes/preferences vary widely & some humans react badly to all kinds of things for all kinds of internalized reasons, especially memories of events past. ...Read more

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Let me know the similarities and differences of disease manifestation in children and in the elderly in diabetes?

Let me know the similarities and differences of disease manifestation in children and in the elderly in diabetes?

Many: Older adults will often present with atypical symptoms of high blood sugar. Lethargy, dehydration, confusion. Younger people will present with a high level of acid in their blood (ketosis). Both are very serious and need urgent attention by a health care provider, as they both can result in death if not idnetified and treated early. ...Read more

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Is there a connection between addisons disease and diabetes?

Is there a connection between addisons disease and diabetes?

Connection: There is a condition called polyglandular syndrome consisting primarily of autoimmune thyroid, adrenal and type 1 diabetes. In general, whenever you have one autoimmune disease, you are at higher risk of developing another autoimmune disease. ...Read more

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Is gestational diabetes a disease?

Is gestational diabetes a disease?

Yes.: Gestational diabetes is when during pregnancy, a woman is unable to produce enough Insulin to regulate her body's blood sugar. Gestational diabetes should be managed carefully to reduce health risks to the woman and her fetus. Also, there is higher risk of developing diabetes in the future. ...Read more

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What are your thoughts on research that suggests alzheimer's disease may be strongly linked to diabetes?

What are your thoughts on research that suggests alzheimer's disease may be strongly linked to diabetes?

Good evidence: Diabetes increases the risk of alzheimer's disease. Also there are factors related to Insulin that may be a key factor in alzheimer's. We await more research into the relationship. ...Read more

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Hello docs, is diabetes a cardiovascular disease?

Hello docs, is diabetes a cardiovascular disease?

Semantics semantics: Both youth and adult related diabetes have higher incidence of cardiovascular disease. ...Read more

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What kind of disorder is type 2 diabetes?

What kind of disorder is type 2 diabetes?

Older patients: Type two diabetes is generally seen in older patients. It is caused by the body becoming resistant to Insulin so initially the Insulin level is high as opposed to juvenile diabetes where there is a lack of insulin. However, eventually the type two diabetic may have low Insulin levels also and require insulin. Both are major risk factors for vascular disease. ...Read more

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Are cancer and diabetes two hereditary diseases?

Are cancer and diabetes two hereditary diseases?

No: Even though Diabetes runs in families and it can be hereditary
Cancer on the other end is rarely hereditary in some limited incidents where there are hereditary genes are involved
But Diabetes and Cancer are not considered Hereditary Diseases ...Read more

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How is type 1 diabetes disorder treated in general?

How is type 1 diabetes disorder treated in general?

Insulin: In addition to monitoring diet and exercise, type 1 diabetics are treated with injections of Insulin or with an Insulin pump. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is diabetes a nutritional disorder?

Depends: The correct answer to this question depends on the perspective of your instructor. Type I diabetes is an autoimmune disease that destroys the islets; a few people think cow's milk triggers it but they're now a small minority. Type ii is genetically programmed and expresses itself better in the obese and sedentary. Classic nutritional disorders are vitamin / mineral / protein deficiencies. ...Read more

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Do certain eating disorders cause people to develop diabetes?

Do certain eating disorders cause people to develop diabetes?

Yes: Even though the ability to develop diabetes is genetically determined in most cases (family history, etc), it is possible to trigger a diabetes before it was "supposed" to occur by, for example, bingeing and gaining excessive weight. The disbalance between how much Insulin your pancreas can produce, and the body weight and food composition can create the disorder that diabetes is in essence. ...Read more

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What diseases cause poor healing wounds (other than diabetes)?

What diseases cause poor healing wounds (other than diabetes)?

Wounds and diseases: These are too numerous to list all of them. The most common cause of lower extremity wounds is hypertension of the veins -- venous hypertension. This is due to a problem with the blood flow in the veins as the blood tries to return to the heart. ...Read more