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Increase blood sugar: Increase blood sugars is a side effect seen with niacin.( a dose-related effect). Close blood glucose monitoring is advised for diabetics/ potentially diabetic patients during treatment with niacin; adjustment of diet and/or antidiabetic therapy may be necessary. See your physician for evaluation and care. ...Read more
Unlikely. : Usually, we would look for other causes. Sometimes anemia and other conditions can lead to a hemorrhage in the eye. On occasion, especially with another ischemic process such as high blood pressure, we can see changes in the retina that may be identical to some seen in diabetic retinopathy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Sugar by itself does not cause diabetes. Diabetes is the inability to metabolize sugar due to lack / resistance to insulin; the pancreas produce Insulin among other hormones which help in the metabolism of glucose (sugar); those who consume lots of sugar may cause their pancreas to over work and if they were prone to diabetes may develop the disease earlier. Obesity may cause resistance to insulin. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Diabetes diagnosis: The Hemoglobin A1C test (HbA1c) is a measurement that captures your average glucose over the past 3 months. There is no official "set point" for diagnosis of diabetes using HbA1c as it is usually used by the doctor together with other tests, however generally those with HbA1c of 6.5% or higher are at a higher risk of diabetes-related complications such as diabetic retinopathy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Should a prediabetic use glucose meter to monitor glucose after meals to learn which foods cause hi blood sugar to avoid further insulin resistance?
Maybe but it depends: While your suggestion is not currently part of ada guidelines & recommendations, if it will help you see result of your food choices & help you make better choices, then i think it's reasonable. In truth, your nutritionist can help you develop healthy eating habits w/o using a glucometer. For instance, check out the mediterranean diet. Don't forget to exercise regularly to reduce Insulin resistanc. ...Read more
Sugar is the source : Sugar is the source of energy in the cells and if you dont have insulin, than glucose can not be used to produce energy.That makes body release a hormone which breaks down fat as an alternate source of energy, in this process there is production of ketones, too much ketones get in the blood and cause ketoacidosis it is more common in type 1 diabetes which is Insulin dependant, and if not enough insuli. ...Read more
Can be tricky: Glycemic index refers to the impact that food has on the blood sugar level. Some foods are absorbed very rapidly and raise the blood sugar rapidly (sugar, simple carbohydrates) while others have very low impact on blood sugar and thus a low glycemic index (meats, fat). There are some "sugars" promoted as low glycemic index, but this almost is contradictory. Moderation is the key with diabetes risk. ...Read more
Can someone with just a slightly high blood sugar level (not diabetes) develop diabetic retinopathy?
Diabetic retinopathy: The course of diabetic retinopathy (dr) varies from person to person and is dependent on how long they have their diabetes and how well controlled it is. How do you know you are not diabetic? Is your hb a 1c normal, or elevated? Dr is dependent on two things, glucose and hbp control. Looking at the figure, you can see that BP control reduces dr better than glucose control. Speak to your physician. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I am prediabetic with higher blood sugar and insulin levels. L just had a 3 hour glucose tolerance test. Fasting sugar is 63, insulin is 2. Meaning?
Doesn't matter: The numbers aren't really important or valuable. If you're overweight and have high glucose (particularly with a positive family history) you need education, diet, exercise, weight reductio and maybe medication -- not just a diagnosis. The diagnosis doesn't help you get healthier. ...Read more
Im diabetes type 2, total cholesterol-140, hdl-4, ldl-88, fasting sugar 99, can I drink coffee w/o sugar. Will it increase cholesterol or sugar..?
Not the sugar per se: Diabetes whether type 1 or type 2 is not caused by too much sugar but by not having enough Insulin or an inability to use the Insulin that your body makes to control blood sugars. Type 1 is a genetic disease that as of now cannot be prevented. Eating too much sugar can cause swings in your Insulin levels and weight gain that can make it more likely that you would develop type 2 diabetes. ...Read more
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