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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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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 ...Read more
I am a 16 year old diabetic and I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes one year ago. Do you think they will find and give me a cure in my lifetime?
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. ...Read more
Will determining the factors that cause the immune system to attack beta cells lead to finding a cure for diabetes?
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Not very long: Probably not longer than a week or two without major problems occurring. ...Read more
Meat and veggies: Both diabetics and celiacs would be able to tolerate protein from meat, chicken, fish and turkey. They both would tolerate any vegetable. As far as carbohydrates go, the celiac prevents you from having any wheat, rye, or barley product. Most fresh fruits, rice, corn, and yams would be allowed. You need to go over the amounts with a diabetic educator. Beans and legumes would also be tolerated. ...Read more
See below: Type I diabetes mellitus is not exactly a genetic disease. However, there are genetic aberrations involving dq region of hla allel in chromosome 6 which increases significantly the chance to develop type I dm. Affected individuals often develop anti-islet cell antibodies before they develop full picture of dm. Testing of antiislet cell antibodies is available commercially and is practical. ...Read more
Someone I know, who had type 1 diabetes, died because he took an insulin overdose. Would this kind of death be slow and painful, or quick and simple?
Insulin overdose: Slow and not painfulGet a more detailed answer ›
Insulin: Only Insulin treats type 1 dm. There's a lot involved in terms of learning to check blood sugars, diet management, ways to take insulin, and other education. A diabetes center would offer the best overall education and comprehensive care. Many internists and family practice doctors also manage diabetes though aren't usually part of a diabetes center. Pediatric endocrinologists treat type 1 in kids. ...Read more
Diet: Start learning about food with low glycemic index (scale indicating how high a food can raise your blood sugar level). Start eating more vegetable and fruits. Non-starchy vegetables are best: spinach, carrots, broccoli or green beans. Eat whole grain foods instead of processed food (whole wheat over white breads). Add fish to your meals 2-3 times per week. Dry beans & lentils are good protein... ...Read more
Significant effect: A child with type 1 diabetes lacks the ability to make Insulin on their own. Presenting symptoms include poor weight gain, constant hunger, frequent urination and potential dehydration among others. Untreated type 1 diabetes can result in death - fortunately early diagnosis and the institution of Insulin replacement can control the disease and children can have a full and productive life. ...Read more
Very personal: You need to speak with your doctor and, if possible, a diabetes educator or experienced nurse and create a plan that includes Insulin dosage, diet, and exercise so that your blood sugar is in your target range. For each person with type 1 diabetes, this is a unique schedule that must be determined individually. ...Read more
Insulin Dependent: Your Insulin will need to come from daily injections or an Insulin pump. You will be guided towards a healthy lifestyle which will include attention to diet and exercise. You will need to check your blood sugars at home at least 4 times/day. Hopefully you have access to a diabetes center where you will spend time with certified diabetes educators who are key people in helping patients manage well. ...Read more