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How many years does it take to burn out the pancreas and get type 2 diabetes?

How many years does it take to burn out the pancreas and get type 2 diabetes?

Usually many years: Most studies indicate that it takes decades of preceding Insulin resistance/high Insulin levels before the pancreas burns out to result in t2 diabetes. However, we are seeing t2 diabetes in children and teenagers who have not had decades of life to accomplish this. Thus, the rate of pancreas burn out and rate of progression to t2 diabetes can vary. Pre-diabetes is an indicator that you are close. Read more

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Pancreas (Definition)

Abdominal organ. It is digestive organ: it secretes enzymes into the small bowel which break down food and help its absorption. It is also an endocrine organ: it produces hormones involved in sugar control and control of digestion. Insulin is one of these hormones. Diabetics either lack Insulin (type 1 diabetes) or have inadequate ...Read more


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I have type 2 diabetes and I currently have noticed that my legs, ankles and feet tend to get tense and swell up. Sometimes my ankles burn horribly when walking. Is there a reason to this happening.

I have type 2 diabetes and I currently have noticed that my legs, ankles and feet tend to get tense and swell up. Sometimes my ankles burn horribly when walking. Is there a reason to this happening.

They could be: Burning from diabetic neuropathy or the fact the ankles swell and this induces a tarsal tunnel syndrome.....you need to try and minimize that swelling...speak to your doc about possible diuretics or compressive socks... Read more

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Male 55 type 2 diabetes. Cant get blood sugar below 8.On metformin. Some damage to eyes. Feet numb. Stinging/burning feet & legs. Any advice? Supplements?

Male 55 type 2 diabetes. Cant get blood sugar below 8.On metformin. Some damage to eyes. Feet numb. Stinging/burning feet & legs. Any advice? Supplements?

SEE Doctor: Get on a secondary medicine to lower your blood sugar, or use insulin. This would be a good thing to do sooner, to minimize the long-term damage to your nerves, vasculature, eyes, kidneys, heart, etc. No supplement replaces good medical managment. Read more

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If type 2 diabetes means your pancreas has burned out, does it stay burned out if you lose lots of weight?

If type 2 diabetes means your pancreas has burned out, does it stay burned out if you lose lots of weight?

Yes: Unfortunately you can't reverse your diabetes. The pancreas will not heal itself. However, weight loss and exercise makes you more sensitive to your insulin. So if you are taking insulin, or your body is still making any insulin... Exercise and weight loss will make that Insulin work better in your body. Read more

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When you have type 2 diabetes and your pancreas stop working is it possible for it to work again”?

When you have type 2 diabetes and your pancreas stop working is it possible for it to work again”?

Re:Insulin resistanc: Type 2 diabetes can be thought of as insulin resistance (body not recognizing insulin) & "worn-out" pancreas (cannot over-produce to compensate). In obesity, insulin resistance can be reduced by weight loss, & I have seen some get off insulin (ONLY W DOCTOR'S INSTRUCTION!) after weight loss, as pancreas does not need to work as hard, and can keep up. Pancreas can continue to "wear out" though. Read more

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Can a pancreas transplantation surgery cure a patient from type 2 diabetes?

Can a pancreas transplantation surgery cure a patient from type 2 diabetes?

Not usually: Type 2 diabetes is due to a combination of inadequate insulin production by the pancreas, but also a problem with insensitivity to insulin in the other tissues around the body. Patients with type 1 diabetes typically only have the insulin production problem, and therefore transplantation is used for these patients. Medications and lifestyle modifications are generally effective for type II. Read more

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My brother has hep. C and cirrhosis of the liver, stage 4, his pancreas is gone he has type 2 diabetes and his veins are turning purple. What now?

My brother has hep. C and cirrhosis of the liver, stage 4, his pancreas is gone he has type 2 diabetes and his veins are turning purple. What now?

Brother: Your brother has many problems but I am confident - I hope you are - that his doctors know how best to try and manage this.

If your brother does not have a pancreas it is much more likely that he does not have type 2 diabetes but insulin deficiency requiring regular daily insulin. Read more

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I have the burning and pain in the back of my head I wanted to know if it's got anything to do with my cuz I have type 2 diabetes and I want to do?

I have the burning and pain in the back of my head I wanted to know if it's got anything to do with my cuz I have type 2 diabetes and I want to do?

Start with your PCP: Without a more thorough history and physical exam, my first suspicion would be C2 cervical radiculopathy, but a scalp and supplying cutaneous nerve disorder like early shingles must be considered, so a careful search for a rash would be important. Diabetic peripheral neuropathy would not be a likely consideration given the long nerves of the lower extremities being the more likely site of onset. Read more

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I have type 2 diabetes and when I jump my feet burn so bad why is this.

I have type 2 diabetes and when I jump my feet burn so bad why is this.

Possible neuropathy: Neuropathy can happen as a result of trauma, or nerve damage due to the consumption of alcohol or certain medications. Symptoms can range from a numbness and tingling sensation, possibly a burning sensation, to an uncomfortable painful sensation of the extremities. Get evaluated by a professional to determine the exact cause in order to get the appropriate treatment. Read more

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My kidneys have been constantly burning for a few days now. & I also think I have type 2 diabetes because I'm constantly urinating & have thirst. I don't have health insurance & my symptoms might be getting worse. What are my best options for treatment.?

My kidneys have been constantly burning for a few days now. & I also think I have type 2 diabetes because I'm constantly urinating & have thirst. I don't have health insurance & my symptoms might be getting worse. What are my best options for treatment.?

See doctor: The symptoms you describe could signal serious disease. Your county health department and/or medical society may be able to help you. Please call without delay. You might forward your question to your US Congressman and Senators Read more

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I have type 2 diabetes for a few years now and take medication for it, however I am constantly having outbreaks of thrush (down below). D u know why?

I have type 2 diabetes for a few years now and take medication for it, however I am constantly having outbreaks of thrush (down below). D u know why?

Control?: Thrush is more common in type 2 diabetes unfortunately. It is possible that you may not have your control optimised (what was your last HbA1c)? Sometimes it is simply bad luck but worth checking this with your doctor Read more

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Is diabetes genetic? I think I may be diabetic, my mom just got diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and I have two symptoms of it. Should I get tested?

Is diabetes genetic? I think I may be diabetic, my mom just got diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and I have two symptoms of it. Should I get tested?

Type II diabetes: There is a strong heritable component of diabetes, especially type ii. I don't know what symptoms you are currently experiencing, but the classic ones are polyuria, polydipsia, nocturia, and polyphagia. If you have symptoms, you should be screened with a hemoglobin a1c blood test or fasting plasma glucose test; especially if you are obese, or have additional risk factors besides family history. Read more

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I really need to be educated on type 2 diabetes. My blood sugar is either too low or high. When should I take. My metformin. 166 two hr after eating.

Lose the weight: The first part of treating diabetes is to lose weight. I know how difficult that can be but I'm just saying. Your medicine, metformin, is taken two times a day with food. The most important test which is done by the doctor is called hemoglobin A 1 C and its value should be from 6.7-7.5% It can be lower with great control but its the most important. Read more

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Why has childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes in kids become so common over the past 10 years in the u.S?

Why has childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes in kids become so common over the past 10 years in the u.S?

Poor food, sugar bev: There is a direct correlation with the increase in childhood obesity and sugary beverage consumption. The facts regarding this are astounding. In addition, children are victimized by advertising in their tv programming that predisposes them towards horrible foods (sugar cereals) that disguise themselves as healthy (i.e., whole grain etc). Portion sizes have grown while nutrition is depleted. Read more

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My father was diagnozed with type 2 diabetes. He is 73 years old. Lately he is falling down, losing balance and having difficulty standing. Why?

My father was diagnozed with type 2 diabetes. He is 73 years old. Lately he is falling down, losing balance and having difficulty standing. Why?

Many reasons: Aside from neuropathy from diabetes, uncontrolled dm can also cause dehydration, weakness, electrolytes imbalances...These can contribute to the symptoms he's currently experiencing. Dm medication, if not taking appropriately can also do the same thing. I recommend seeing his physician to discuss possible causes and proper treatment. Read more

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What is maximum life expectancy on HAART meds. I have been Duovir N for over seven years now. Also on insulin for type 2 diabetes for about 3 years.

What is maximum life expectancy on HAART meds. I have been Duovir N for over seven years now. Also on insulin for type 2 diabetes for about 3 years.

See below: People with HIV may enjoy life spans close to normal if they are on antiretroviral therapy, maintain low viral loads and CD4 counts above 350, are not coinfected with viral hepatitis, and are not injection drug users. If you meet the above criteria your life expectancy is at least 70 years and likely quite higher. See:http:///bit. Ly/1GqNpY8 and http://bit. Ly/1Mfm7wb Read more

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Tested positive for type 2 diabetes and I'm 23 years old. What are my options?

Tested positive for type 2 diabetes and I'm 23 years old. What are my options?

Lifestyle: You can use oral medicine your doc will prescribe. You can also change your lifestyle and stay in touch w/doc so meds can be adjusted or eliminated. The right diet and exercise can help most folks get rid of this disorder. Type 2 diabetes has become epidemic. Peace and good health. Read more

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I am 75 years old and have type 2 diabetes. What should my upper glucose limit be?

I am 75 years old and have type 2 diabetes. What should my upper glucose limit be?

Exellent question!: That is the subject of debate. Fasting sugars of 80-100 would be nice, but if that goal causes you to get symptoms of low blood sugar, then higher is better. Low blood sugar symptoms can make you fall down and cause a serious injury without warning. We use numbers as goals, but we don't treat numbers, we treat patients. Your "goal" would be to aim for optimum, avoid side effects. Read more

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