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Niacin and blood sugar or diabetes?

Niacin and blood sugar or diabetes?

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

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Diabetes (Definition)

A group of diseases that result in too much sugar in the ...Read more


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Could eating sugar cause diabetes?

Could eating sugar cause diabetes?

No: Diabetes is secondary to reduced or absent insulin production, insulin resistance or production of defective insulin. Eating sugar increases insulin output but does not cause diabetes. A diabetic cannot tolerate the sugar and would have a very high glucose after eating sugar ...Read more

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Can someone without diabetes but slightly elevated blood sugar develop diabetic retinopathy?

Can someone without diabetes but slightly elevated blood sugar develop diabetic retinopathy?

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 more

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Does sugar cause diabetes?

Does sugar cause diabetes?

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 more

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My blood sugar is high with fasting & insulin. Why?

My blood sugar is high with fasting & insulin. Why?

Because: You have diabetes and are not on an appropriate regimen of diet, exercise, medication etc. Check w/your doctor or diabetes care team. ...Read more

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Is 6.6 blood sugar a diabetic ?

Is 6.6 blood sugar a diabetic  ?

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 more

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Should a prediabetic use glucose meter to monitor glucose after meals to learn which foods cause hi blood sugar to avoid further insulin resistance?

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

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Is a random glucose blood sugar test accurate to diagnose diabetes?

Is a random glucose blood sugar test accurate to diagnose diabetes?

Random glucose >200: The ADA has set criteria for the diagnosis of diabetes as a patient with classic symptoms of hyperglycemia and a random glucose blood glucose > 200mg/dL http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/diagnosis/ ...Read more

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Could honey affect blood sugar for type 2 diabetes?

Could honey affect blood sugar for type 2 diabetes?

Yes: It is a simple carbohydrate follow diet on my website www.Schwartzdiabetesdoc. Com, newsletter #3. ...Read more

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How does diabetes mellitus lead to diabetes ketoacidosis?

How does diabetes mellitus lead to diabetes ketoacidosis?

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

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Does a fasting glucose blood test rule out diabetes type 1 and 2?

If it's normal: It rules out type 1 diabetes, but you can still have "mild" type 2 diabetes in the early stages with after meal glucoses being elevated but normal fasting. It's called impaired glucose tolerance. Check an hba1c test for more information. ...Read more

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Could consuming low glycemic index sugar lead to diabetes?

Could consuming low glycemic index sugar lead to diabetes?

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

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Can someone with just a slightly high blood sugar level (not diabetes) develop diabetic retinopathy?

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 more

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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?

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

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Could eating sugar cause diabetes?

No: Diabetes is secondary to reduced or absent insulin production, insulin resistance or production of defective insulin. Eating sugar increases insulin output but does not cause diabetes. A diabetic cannot tolerate the sugar and would have a very high glucose after eating sugar ...Read more

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Was wondering how much sugar causes diabetes?

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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Might eating too much sugar cause diabetes?

Might eating too much sugar cause diabetes?

No: Not normally. But if there is a family history, a diagnosis already determined of diabetes, or risk factors (obesity, etc) it is likely a bad idea. It is a great idea to mantain a balanced healthy diet, including mostly non refined (natural) sugars of slower absorption. ...Read more