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Does someone with type 1 diabetes have a poor immune system?

Does someone with type 1 diabetes have a poor immune system?

Diabetes immune syst: It may be that an overactive immune system causes type I diabetes in the first place but that remains to be proven. If the blood sugars are running very high then infections are much more likely and many diabetics will suffer from an increased number of infections. Keep the blood sugars controlled.

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Does diabetes weaken your immune system? I've had type 1 diabetes for 2 years and It seems I get less infections than I used to before?

Does diabetes weaken your immune system? I've had type 1 diabetes for 2 years and It seems I get less infections than I used to before?

In a way: High blood glucose level, above 180 mg/dL interferes with the function of white blood cells and can increase susceptibility to infections. Could it be that you are now controlling your blood sugar better than you used to. Please do keep good control of your blood sugar. Wish you good health.

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Is your immune system more prone if you have type 2 diabetes?

Is your immune system more prone if you have type 2 diabetes?

Immune system: Yes, it can contribute to type 2 diabetes but that can be controlled. In particular, type 2 diabetes can be beaten such that you no longer have diabetes. Please discuss this with your Primary doctor and have a nurse practitioner help you rid yourself of diabetes. Yes - that can and should happen. Please let me know how things go.

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Severe anxiety from type 1 diabetes diag. Put on Xanax (alprazolam) 2x/day (.5mg) while celexa (5mg start) builds up in my system. Safe to keep taking Xanax (alprazolam) 2?

Severe anxiety from type 1 diabetes diag. Put on Xanax (alprazolam) 2x/day (.5mg) while celexa (5mg start) builds up in my system. Safe to keep taking Xanax (alprazolam) 2?

Be careful: Xanax (alprazolam) or any valium like dru (any Valium like drug) has a high potential for addiction problems. Not only their track record for relieving anxiety is iffy. And can actually worsen and anxiety as withdrawal can happen readily due to their very short half-life. Celexa is way too low at 5 mg per day. Middle range dosages are 15 to 20 mg per day with a maximum of 30 mg/day-even in diabetes. Take care

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How does the endocrine system work with the immune system to get diabetes?

How does the endocrine system work with the immune system to get diabetes?

Antibodies: In type one diabetes, our own body's antibodies go haywire and attack the islts of langerhans of the pancreas. Islet of langerhans cells produce insulin. By the antibodies destroying the panceatic cells, no or little Insulin is produced and diabetes occurrs.

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Why is my own immune system attacking my body? Did I do something to cause my diabetes?

Why is my own immune system attacking my body? Did I do something to cause my diabetes?

Unclear: If you're talking about type one diabetes, the one when your body makes no insulin, then what probably happened was your immune system was exposed to something (maybe a virus) that looked to it like the cells in your pancreas. It then started mistakenly treating those pancreatic cells like an illness it needed to get rid of. Type 2 is something else entirely. Bottom line: you didn't cause it.

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Will determining the factors that cause the immune system to attack beta cells lead to finding a cure for diabetes?

Will determining the factors that cause the immune system to attack beta cells lead to finding a cure for diabetes?

Doubt, but...: We feel strongly, that, at least in some, usingmeds that treat beta cell inflammation will control disease better, decrease risk of progression to insulin therapy in future

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Can diabetes compromise my immune system?

Can diabetes compromise my immune system?

Glucose immune syst: When the blood sugar is high, white blood cells do not work as well to fight off infections. When the blood sugar is well controlled, the immune system generally works well in patients with diabetes. In diabetics with other problems (renal failure, neuropathy, poor circulation, etc) then there can be compounding of problems leading to immune compromise.

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Can diabetes compromise the immune system?

Can diabetes compromise the immune system?

Yes: Poorly controlled diabetes can suppress your immune system causing poor wound healing and lesser ability to fight infection.

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What are the odds of someone with type 1 diabetes passing it on to their child?

What are the odds of someone with type 1 diabetes passing it on to their child?

Depends: If you are a father with type 1 diabetes on average 7% of your children will develop type 1. For mothers the odds are ~3%. Overall about 4% of first degree relatives of someone with type1 will develop type 1 diabetes in their lifetimes.

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Is it a good idea for someone with type 1 diabetes to go for a 15 minute jog or is it best to walk?

Is it a good idea for someone with type 1 diabetes to go for a 15 minute jog or is it best to walk?

It's fine: More intense cardiovascular workout is fine, especially since you are not talking about running a marathon - then I would always use a buddy system and have someone with me. But a 15 minute jog is fine. If you have history of hypoglycemic episodes, just make sure you eat and drink a little bit before your jog and make sure you tuck your glucose tablets in your sock in case you feel shaky.

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What is the life expectancy of someone with type 1 diabetes?

What is the life expectancy of someone with type 1 diabetes?

Life expectancy: There isn't any hard number to answer that question with. If diabetes is poorly controlled then the life expectancy is surely shortened. I have many type 1 diabetic patients who are fine 40-50 years later with minimal issues. Many diabetics die from causes not related to their diabetes. The bottom line is that one should not worry about dying from type 1 diabetes.

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Is someone with type 1 diabetes expected to study?

Same as anyone: It's no different than anyone else. Keep your glucose as close to normal as possible and hit the books. You're not special.

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Can someone with type 1 diabetes donate bone marrow or stem cells?

Can someone with type 1 diabetes donate bone marrow or stem cells?

Yes: The potential donor would have to be screened based on the entire health picture. Diabetes is not a contraindication to stem cell donation.

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Please tell me, could men with type 1 diabetes have children?

Please tell me, could men with type 1 diabetes have children?

Absolutely: Type 1 diabetes is a loss of the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin. There is nothing wrong with the rest of the equipment. After many years of diabetes, some diabetics get neuropathy, which can cause erectile dysfunction.

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Could having type 1 diabetes have an effect on when you will get your first period?

Could having type 1 diabetes have an effect on when you will get your first period?

Diabetes: If a girl has type 1 before her first period and her blood sugar is not controlled it can prevent her from having her first period.

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Is it hard for a male with type 1 diabetes to get someone pregnant?

Is it hard for a male with type 1 diabetes to get someone pregnant?

No?: You should be fine. However check free and total testosterone levels as well as fsh and lh levels. Abnormal levels in these hormones can affect fertility.

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What is the earliest age that someone can be diagnosed with type 1 diabetes?

What is the earliest age that someone can be diagnosed with type 1 diabetes?

Infancy: Type 1 diabetes is autoimmune diabetes. My youngest patient was only a few months old when she developed this.

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