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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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Help please! is diabetes contagious or sexually transmissible?

Help please! is diabetes contagious or sexually transmissible?

Not at all: Diabetes is not contagious. It is determined by genetic background and overweight (for type 2). There are some data suggesting that type 1 diabetes may be triggered by viral infections (like influenza) but these would not cause diabetes in someone without the right genetic background. ...Read more

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Is type 1 diabetes contagious in any way ?

Is type 1 diabetes contagious in any way ?

No: You do not catch diabetes from diabetics. Type 1 diabetes is autoimmune, but it is thought that there is a trigger (in susceptible people). Among the possible triggers could be a virus, but it would be a common virus that we all have exposure to, not a specific "diabetes virus", but this is an area of intense research. ...Read more

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Is diabetes disease contagious?

Is diabetes disease contagious?

No: Diabetes is a problem with control of blood glucose in the body. It is not an infection and is not contagious. ...Read more

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Diabetes is on my mothers side of the family. My brothers were diagnosed in their 60's, I am 63. Am i at risk?

Diabetes is on my mothers side of the family. My brothers were diagnosed in their 60's, I am 63. Am i at risk?

Definitely: Risk increases with age, positive family history and is 70-90% related to obesity. If you're overweight, begin a program of diet, exercise and weight loss. Check w/your doctor and look at diabetes.Org. ...Read more

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How common is diabetes in the U.S.?

Diabetes in the USA: Regrettably increasing almost daily. There are many reasons, not the least of which is underlying obesity, lack of work options, good foods too expensive, limited exercise, .. The problem keeps growing. I am curious to learn why you are asking that question. ...Read more

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How many children in the U.S. have diabetes?

How many children in the U.S. have diabetes?

In2014 208000under20: According to 2014 report there are 208000 American under the age of 20 who suffer from Diabetes ...Read more

Contagious (Definition)

One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more