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Does Diabetes Shorten Your Life
Diabetes: Is driving at 150 mph every day shortens your life? I have a patient with diabetes who live to be 81. The issue is that diabetes tends to bring other bad guys to the house (hypertension, kidney disease, obesity, high cholesterol). This is the dream team for shortening your life expectancy. Now the ohio state buckeye basketball team is another story: is a great dream team, go bucks. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Will address CIDP: Short for chronic inflammatory demyelinating poly-radiculo-neuritis, an immune condition of the peripheral nervous system. If you do have it, and we have seen it associated with diabetes, it should best be treated with intravenous immune globulin. Should do just fine and live a normal life if all of this is treated and controlled. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: Of course. With reasonable care with proper diet, meds as needed, optimal weight, appropriate exercise, keep your doctor visits, optimal glucose control. This is what we all need to do to live normal lives. Like i mentioned in a previous answer, we love life so much we kill ourselves. Rj. ...Read more
Diabetic effects: Diabetes affects people in many ways. It requires a lifestyle adjustment. All those sugary snacks like cake, donuts, soda, chips, candy and ice cream all have to be cut out or has to be sugar free. If the blood sugar runs too high, pills or injectable Insulin has to given. Weight gain, smoking and walking barefoot all have to be stopped. Vision, kidneys, feet, nerves and circulation all affected. ...Read more
No Limits on Life: Diabetes may pose challenges in your life but certainly won't dictate what you get out of life. Keep your management relationship with a trusted physician ongoing and nurture advice from other professionals including dieticians, nurses, counselors and fitness experts. Only the limits you self impose will be the ones you have to deal with in this life. Enjoy! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Love: Treat them as normal kids with unique needs. Find them a caring competent pediatrician and endocrinologist. Listen, assess, let them know your limits, let them figure out answers on their own for the most part, but always with appropriate limitations. Don't spoil them or let them develop an attitude of feeling entitled. Sound like good advice for any parent? It is. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Avoid complications!: Medications for diabetes work to keep your blood sugar as close to normal as possible, helping you avoid complications which can come from chronically high sugar levels. These complications include kidney disease, visual problems, nerve damage, heart disease, and stroke. Stay healthy! ...Read more
Depends on weight.: If you lose the weight you gain during a pregnancy, having had gestational diabetes, your risk of diabetes later in life goes back down to your baseline risk (based on family history and other factors). If you keep the extra weight you may have gained during your pregnancy, your subsequent risk of diabetes may be as high as 60%! ...Read more
Long term problem: Some people with type 2 diabetes can get off of medication after weight loss and substantial changes in diet, exercise, and lifestyle. However, diabetes is a long term disorder, and there are genetic factors that put a person at risk that he has no control over. So, long term medical care and following both dietary, lifestyle and medication recommendations from your doctor are important. ...Read more
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