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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Diabetes (Definition)

A group of diseases that result in too much sugar in the ...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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How do you teach a child about type 1 diabetes when he’s just been diagnosed?

How do you teach a child about type 1 diabetes when he’s just been diagnosed?

DM team instruction: Every kid i pick up with dm1 is sent to a center with certified diabetes educators and physicians to begin the families orientation to this life changing event. My closest centers are fort worth, dallas, temple or austin but one has a local clinic for regular followup visits. Small hospital facilities & regular physicians often don't have the time or current info to do a well rounded orientation. ...Read more

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Is type 1 diabetes common?

Is type 1 diabetes common?

1 in 300: About one in three hundred children have type one diabetes. It is the second most common chronic illness of childhood, behind asthma which is quite common, at one in 10. ...Read more

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Is type 1 diabetes dangerous?

Is type 1 diabetes dangerous?

Yes!: This is the only chronic disease in which the treatment is quite a potentially dangerous medicine, insulin. Insulin is lifesaving, but very difficult to dose for those with type one diabetes. Insulin must be dosed just right, and the danger is that giving too much insulin will lead to a serious low blood sugar. Continuous Monitoring of blood sugar with CGM technology can minimize this risk. ...Read more

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Is type 1 diabetes reversible?

Nope: There is currently no way to reverse type one diabetes. There are studies for newly diagnosed children and several experimental research strategies being pursued internationally. Artificial Pancreas technology is the closest we have gotten to cure, and this is an active area of research now. ...Read more

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Is type 1 diabetes hereditary?

Is type 1 diabetes hereditary?

Sort of: One in 400-500 people in the general population develops t1d, but 1 in 20 (5 percent) people are at risk if a parent, sibling, or child has the disease. That means that genes are important and play a role but it's not everything. Environmental factors are also involved that increase the risk for these genes to cause diabetes type 1. We are still trying to find out what and how it does this. ...Read more

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Can type 1 diabetes occur spontanesously?

Can type 1 diabetes occur spontanesously?

Usually unexpectted: Type 1 diabetes generally comes on unexpectedly. A few weeks after a kid has a rather minor viral illness, the quiet attack of antibodies gradually destroys the Insulin making capabilities of the kid.The kid eats and drinks a lot but is drying out as sugar spills out in his/her urine pulling water out with it. They generally present to the er with weight loss and dehydration over several days. ...Read more

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What are the common causes type 1 diabetes?

Genetic: Type 1 diabetes is a genetic disorder resulting in the patient's pancreas being unable to produce enough insulin. ...Read more

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How is type 1 diabetes in children treated?

How is type 1 diabetes in children treated?

Insulin!: Type 1 diabetes in children is caused by underproduction of insulin. Insulin sensitizers may briefly work, but invariably Insulin deficiency (absolute) requires insulin! ...Read more

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How is type 1 diabetes diagnosed officially?

How is type 1 diabetes diagnosed officially?

See below: Diagnosis of type i diabetes is established when typical symptoms such as weight loss, frequent urination/drinking are associated with fasting blood glucose level of 126 mg/dl or above or 2 hours postprandial glucose level 200 or above. ...Read more

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How to figure out if I have type 1 diabetes?

How to figure out if I have type 1 diabetes?

Get seen: Any physician can make the call, starting with a finding of glucose in your urine. Stop reading lists of internet symptoms and guessing. Get seen by a competent doctor. ...Read more

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How to figure out if I have "type 1" diabetes?

How to figure out if I have "type 1" diabetes?

Blood test: It doesn't really matter if it's type 1 or 2. What matters is what is your blood sugar level. So get it checked and if it is too high, then your doctor can sort out what type it is. ...Read more

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What happens to a person with type 1 diabetes?

What happens to a person with type 1 diabetes?

Many Possibilities: See my other answers on topic. Like all dx, this is only a label (if accurate) of a small set of issues. As always, your primary medical decision maker is yourself, no one else, & docs are primarily paid for disease, not health. Thus emphasize self-education & track the results of all your choices, as implemented, always focusing on excellence, not normality. Use the internet: carefully, wisely. ...Read more

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Can you clarify what type 1 diabetes really is?

Can you clarify what type 1 diabetes really is?

No insulin action: Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body has no way of having Insulin to help the body use sugar as a fuel for its activities. It is the same as trying to run a car without gasoline. The treatment is to supply the Insulin by injection. ...Read more

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Could I have type 1 diabetes at 21 or 22 years?

Could I have type 1 diabetes at 21 or 22 years?

Yes: You can develop both types of diabetes at virtually any age. If you are concerned, go get checked out. Soon. ...Read more

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Diabetes, Type 1 (Definition)

A chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin. ...Read more


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