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Doctor insights on: Ensure For Diabetics

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Diabetes (Definition)

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


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Is there a covered prescription nutritional drink, other than the possibility of Ensure, that can help a person with diabetes?

Is there a covered prescription nutritional drink, other than the possibility of Ensure, that can  help a person with diabetes?

Diabetes: At age 61 do you really need a prescription nutritional drink? Please go on-line and find "NuVal". This list gives you a very good idea of foods that are good , not so good, and bad for you. You should also try and find time to get in some exercise. ...Read more

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Should an obese 72 year old insulin dependant diabetic drink a supplement such as ensure? Aren't such supplements full of sugar and fat he doen't need? He eats what he wants.

Should an obese 72 year old insulin dependant diabetic drink a supplement such as ensure? Aren't such supplements full of sugar and fat he doen't need?  He eats what he wants.

Hello. : Hello. Great question. There are a variety of types of ensure products with differing indications. Ensure is considered a balanced nutrition product. It contains carbohydrates and protein amongst other things. It can be taken with meals or between them. Ensure may be used by someone who is recovering from surgery or a illness; for someone who can't keep up their weight or for people on low residual diets. The makers of ensure state that it should be used under medical supervision. Thus, this is something that should be addressed with his doctor who would have a better idea of it would be detrimental or helpful for him. I would be concerned about this man using this supplement without checking with his medical provider. ...Read more

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Is it possible that hyperbaric oxygen therapy be used to supplement normal diabetes management to ensure good limb health?

Normal healthy limb: Hbot to prevent deterioration is not an indication for hbot (fda). I am not aware of studies covering preemptive use of hbot as is described in this scenario. ...Read more

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What is diabetes?

What is diabetes?

Can't use carbs: Diabetes mellitus simply is the inability to utilize carbs, sugars by your body. It can be from a few different reasons, both related to a hormone called insulin. In some cases your body has no insulin, in some cases your body is resistant to insulin. ...Read more

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What is diabetes?

What is diabetes?

Diabetes: Diabetes when level of sugars are higher than normal.It is of two kinds , type 1 and type 2. In type 1 diabetes there is not enough insulin in body , on the other hand in type 2 cells in body do not use insulin properly because they develop resistance to insulin . Obesity, waist circumference more than 80 cm in women and 94 in men, family history of diabetes increases risk of developing type 2 . ...Read more

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What is diabetes?

What is diabetes?

Diabetes type 2: Type 2 diabetes is by far the most common type of diabetes, and is characterized by variable degrees of insulin deficiency and resistance. A fasting plasma glucose (FPG) and/or a glycated hemoglobin (A1C) are the preferred screening tests. The diagnosis of diabetes is confirmed if two consecutive A1C levels are ?6.5%, two consecutive FPG levels are >126 mg/dL, or if both are above the threshold ...Read more

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What is diabetes?

What is diabetes?

Metabolic disease: in humans unable to properly handle carbohydrates from diet. May be due to insufficiency/ineffective of Insulin production by pancreas or Glucose Insensitivity by human cells/tissues of the body or both - leading to abnormal blood serum concentrations. ...Read more

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