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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

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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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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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