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Do Diabetics Get More Migraines
They can: Migraine is a reaction to a stressor state. For a patient prone to blood sugar problems, either too high or too low blood sugar can trigger a migraine reaction. However, migraine is so common that they may get migraines even when their sugars are fine. Some can predict their sugar level by the appearance of early migraine warning. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Several reasons: Diabetics may develop neuropathy, decreased sensation to the skin, which means they are unaware if they step on a thorn or if their shoes are creating a blister on their foot. Nerve damage can lead to bony changes that create abnormal pressure points on the foot. Diabetics also tend to develop small vessel arterial disease, which results in decreased perfusion to the skin and slower wound healing. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Exercise.: To get rid of fat in general, exercise is the rule. Once we pass our mid-30s, our metabolism starts to slow down and fat deposits more easily onto our bodies, especially in the area you mentioned. We can speed up our metabolism through aerobic and weight training exercise. Cardio will help you burn away those love handles. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hogwash: A "wifes tail" seetnes attracts biting isect becase ones skin is 'sweet'. ...Read more
They sure can: It is more than whether you take Insulin or oral medications that makes the difference. It is more a consequence of having had diabetes for a prolonged period of time. While it can happen even with good control, it is more likely to happen with poor control of the blood sugar over time. The effects of diabetes on the circulation along with neuropathy and other changes makes one more prone. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
They don't really: But some people do think that the xx vs xy chromosome creates a slightly less robust genetic basis. I invite others to chime in, but i think that with a healthy lifestyle equivalent heritage of genes - a male and female will have similar longevity - don't forget the exchange of accidents/violence in males and pregnancy/inequality in females. ...Read more
Gender: That is not a true statement and is a false belief. Now if you want to talk about the differences in how men and women express and experience their feelings and emotions then we may be able to make some generalities. But, also, as you age, you may also come to understand that the 'why' questions in life are often great topics for debate but there may not be any real or valid answer to 'why'. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why do women get scoliosis more often than men? I know that females are much more likely to get scoliosis than men, but why?
Good question: That is a good question and one that has been discussed for years. No one knows for sure and it may be multifactorial. Women grow very quickly during puberty, when curves typically worsen and that is thought to play a part. The hormonal differences between men and women and their greater tendency to have ligamentous laxity may also play a part. Thank you for your question. ...Read more
Yes: Sperm movement/number are not affected by diabetes/high blood pressure. Erectile dysfunction is higher because of nerve/vessel damage and medications. Check for ovulation using basal temperatures or a kit. Glucose/blood pressure levels are tightly controlled to lower seizure risk, problems with large babies, fetal distress, induction. Consult a reproductive endocrinologist before conception. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Obesity: The obese have more fat layer which is an insulation and is more difficult to cool. Usually the obese are less conditioned than thin people and have less stamina, this is exacerbated by the need to pump blood to the extra fat which obligates more work to satisfy metabolic needs. ...Read more
Renal Overload: Glycosuria (or glucose in the urine) is caused by the kidneys(proximal renal tubules) being unable to reabsorb all the filtered glucose. Diabetes due to either Insulin resistance or lack of Insulin results in underutilization of glucose by your cells and hyperglycemia. Glycosuria usually occurs when blood glucose level exceeds 180 mg/dl. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If strokes and migraines are two completely different things, why do hemiplegic migraines have symptoms similar to a stroke?
Similar & different: Both are due to insufficient circulation. Strokes are due to blood clots. Migraines are due to vascular constriction/spasm. The mechananism of both is similar but the prognosis is different. Strokes often cause permanent disability, migraines don't. ...Read more
About one-third: The incidence of diabetic retinopathy is about 1/3 of diabetics according to government statistics. The condition is related to how well the diabetes is controlled and if you have controlled any tendency toward high blood pressure. Take care of both of these conditions and you are less likely to get the retinopathy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How does the BP get higher when you have polycyctic kidney disease? Why are you more suspectable of getting aneurysms?
PKD and HTN: Polycystic kidneys secrete renin in higher than normal amounts, and without fluctuation. Renin catalyzes formation of angiotensin and ACE catalyzes formation of angiotensin 2. AG 2 constricts blood vessels and promotes salt retention thru direct actions and thru aldosterone. These combined effects raise bp. Arterial walls in PKD setting have some collagen defects, similar to nephrons. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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