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Is There Any Cure For Diabetes
Not Exactly: Patients with type 2 diabetes can, through exercise, diet, and weight loss (including bariatric surgery), sometimes improve their labs nearly to non-diabetic levels and may not require medication, but this is generally considered good chronic treatment rather than cure. Type 1 is trickier; pancreatic cell transplant is directed at cure but is still experimental and not widely done. ...Read more
Control, not cure: For type 1 diabetes, no cure, just treatment w/ insulin. For type 2 diabetes, some doctors feel that drastic weight loss after weight-loss surgery may "cure" some patients. This is controversial, however. Other doctors prefer to borrow a term from our cancer colleagues and call this "remission". For most patients, however, we work w/ diet, exercise & meds, including insulin, to control sugars. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends: There are many causes of neuropathy, including diabetes, B12 deficiency, alcohol, autoimmune (lupus, rheumatoid, vasculitis), heavy metal toxicity, chemotherapy, nerve entrapment. Many forms of neuropathy can be treated and pain can be reduced or eliminated. Treatment depends on the cause. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Weight loss: The usual treatment for pcos is cycle control with birth control pills. However, the majority of women with pcos are overweight, and weight loss will return the cycles to normal in the majority of them. While weight loss may not be easy, it is quite effective in normalizing the menstrual cycle for those who are able to lose in the range of 30 pounds. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: At this time there is no cure. Lung transplant can be done and COPD will not return in the transplanted lung. If you have Alpha one antitrypsin deficiency you can give a patient back the missing enzyme through intravenous infusions. Otherwise smoking cessation is your best primary prevention. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not now: This is an inherited degeneration of the macula which starts usually in the teen years and progresses to profound central vision loss. No current medical or surgical treatment will help this condition. Work is being done on stem cell replacement which offers some promise but this work is in the earliest stages. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Evaluation needed: Forgetfulness can come from many causes, so medical evaluation is needed first. Medication side effects, drugs, alcohol, insufficient sleep, nutritional deficiencies, adhd, depression, anxiety, etc are all potential contributors. So is gluten sensitivity -- not only celiac, but also sensitivity to gluten and gliadin proteins that are found in wheat, barley, rye, semolina, couscous, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sometimes: Think of asthma as 2 diseases - (1) underlying inflammation of the breathing tubes called bronchial hyperreactivity (2) episodes of tightness, coughing, wheezing called "asthma attack". Curing asthma requires treating #1. If the cause of asthma is allergy then allergy shots may help & in some cases cure asthma. People often have more than one cause for bronchial hyperreactivity. ...Read more
Is it allergies: As dr bessmer notes you have options for management if it is allergies. Many people under estimate the effect of airborn irritants & assume they have allergies when its not the main problem. Hair spray, perfume, cigarette smoke, gasoline fumes, cleaning fumes etc all effect your airway/nose & may triger identical effects. A lifestyle audit, aimed at removing such irritants can help a lot. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not so much: Ice and sitz baths (soaking in warm water), as well as avoiding constipation by increasing fiber and fluid intake, can improve hemorrhoids, but not cure them. Also try a moisturizing cleanser like balneol to decrease your irritation when wiping. Wipes and plain toilet paper can be really irritating. Avoid sitting on the toilet for longer than 5-10 minutes and avoid straining. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unfortunately, no: While there are no cures for als, there is one medication (rilutek) that has been shown to slow the course of the disease. There are also many treatments that can help to manage the symptoms and complications of als. I highly recommend enrolling in a multidisciplinary ALS clinic to make sure you are receiving optimum care. ...Read more
Transplant for thal: Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation is the cure for severe thalassemia, both Alpha and beta. The best results are when the donor is a brother or sister with a good tissue match to the patient. You can read about treatments on this website: www.Thalassemia.Org. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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