Does someone with type 1 diabetes have a poor immune system - Doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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