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Any links between autoimmune diseases and type I diabetes?

Any links between autoimmune diseases and type I diabetes?

Yes: Type 1 diabetes is caused by autoimmunity, leading to death of the beta cells in the pancreas responsible for making insulin. Once these cells are destroyed, the pancreas can longer make insulin, and type 1 diabetes occurs. ...Read more

Dr. Tracy Lovell
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Autoimmune Disease (Definition)

In auto immune disease the enemy is from with in. As name implies "auto" is self and "immune " is immune system. One 's own immune system for unknown reason turns against self and destroys or damages tissues or cells. List of auto immune disease are many and growing. End result is destruction of of tissues such as thyroid, pancreas or cells such as ...Read more


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What is the link between thyroid autoimmune diseases and type I diabetes?

What is the link between thyroid autoimmune diseases and type I diabetes?

Possible: When someone has an autoimmune condition (type 1 diabetes or autoimmune thyroid disease), he/she has a higher risk to develop another autoimmune condition. Patients with type 1 diabetes need to be screened for thyroid disease every 1-2 years or if symptomatic. ...Read more

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Does a full blood count detect diabetes type 2 or diabetes type 1? Is type 2 an autoimmune disease?

Does a full blood count detect diabetes type 2 or diabetes type 1? Is type 2 an autoimmune disease?

No: But a fasting blood glucose or Hgb a1c test would show diabetes. It does not distinguish between the two types of diabetes however. Type 1 is often considered an autoimmune disorder but type 2 more a lifestyle issue- too much fat not enough exercise. Type 1 usually requires insulin and type 2 only on occasions (may reverse to normal with weight loss). ...Read more

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I am 26 I have type 2 diabetes and Crohn's disease can they cause a misscarage?

I am 26 I have type 2 diabetes and Crohn's disease can they cause a misscarage?

No: The disease by themselves will not cause a miscarriage. Miscarriages are usually due to an abnormality or natures way of eliminating a non viable pregnancy or genetic defect. The other main cause is hormonal imbalance such as not enough Progesterone available to maintain the pregnancy. ...Read more

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Last month, my mothers type 2 diabetes sugar was 300. She didn't see this as important but it is alarming. How can I wake her up to her disease?

Last month, my mothers type 2 diabetes sugar was 300. She didn't see this as important but it is alarming. How can I wake her up to her disease?

Insulin of 300 needs: To be treated by a doctor. Please get some literature about diabetes from your doctor to give your mom, something short and to the point. Perhaps she would be open to seeing a nutritionist. ...Read more

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Is there link between type 2 diabetes & coeliac disease? I have CD & diabetic 58yo Dad has many CD symptoms He's reluctant to get gastroscopy tho

Is there link between type 2 diabetes & coeliac disease? I have CD & diabetic 58yo Dad has many CD symptoms He's reluctant to get gastroscopy tho

No but: Type II diabetes is mostly from obesity and celiac disease is considered an autoimmune disease. Having said that gluten-free foods are often loaded with sugar and fat to keep the product moist and stuck together and leading to weight gain -> DMII. If your dad has CD symptoms and refuses to get a small intestine biopsy, he should at least get a blood test to check it out. ...Read more

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What is called type 2 diabetes disease?

Adult onset: Type 2 diabetes can start in younger people, but generally it is adult onset. People with diabetes type 1 disease require insulin. Those with type 2 disease often can be controlled on oral medications, although sometimes the disease progresses to where they will need insulin. Complications of the disease in terms of microvascular injuries very similar between type 1 and 2. ...Read more

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Information on stage 5 chronic kidney disease for female aged 62 yrs and dcmp of 38%, type 2 diabetes and hypertension?

Information on stage 5 chronic kidney disease for female aged 62 yrs and dcmp of 38%, type 2 diabetes and hypertension?

Ask existing doctor.: For her best benefit, all the concerns in this question should be directed to the existing doctors because s/he would know more specifics & relevance about her health than anyone online, who at best just give some sporadic info which potentially leads to more unwanted confusion, anxiety, fear. So, ask existing doctors timely. To help understand life reality, peruse articles in www. Formefirst. Html ...Read more

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Can my undifferentiated connective tissue disease be generated by my fathers severe exposure to agent orange? He has type 2 diabetes due to exposure.

Can my undifferentiated connective tissue disease be generated by my fathers severe exposure to agent orange? He has type 2 diabetes due to exposure.

Not likely.: The Institute of Medicine publishes a biennial report on the Agent Orange issue. There is limited but suggestive evidence of an association with diabetes (10% of the population has DM and very very few of them were ever exposed to AO) and no proposed evidence linking UCTD to paternal dioxin exposure.


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I have stage 3 kidney disease Gfr 34, went to dr Wednesday and had labs done, labs show glucose 109 Is it to late to stop it from type 2 diabetes?

I have stage 3 kidney disease Gfr 34, went to dr Wednesday and had labs done, labs show glucose 109 Is it to late to stop it from type 2 diabetes?

No: 109 fasting is suggestive of pre diabetes although you do need another abnormal lab to make the diagnosis. This is the best time for you to make lifestyle changes to reverse the course of sugar abnormalities. If you make the right changes, you can go back to normal and not progress to diabetes. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and graves disease as well as type 2 diabetes my? Is I've been having panick attacks and I need to know y

I have been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and graves disease as well as type 2 diabetes my? Is I've been having panick attacks and I need to know y

Hyperthyroidism!: Hyperthyroidism is likely culprit

much less likely is a cause due to sugar- so unless hypoglycemic at onset of paniuc attack (<70), focus with your md o treating the overactive thyroid state- initially with beta blocker med, and control of production of thyroid hormone.

Lastly anxiety/ depression can be independent of both issues, and would need to be addressed if not better ...Read more

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Are there any side effects to the 'flu' jab? I have a double stented ischaemic heart disease + type 2 diabetes.

Are there any side effects to the 'flu' jab? I have a double stented ischaemic heart disease + type 2 diabetes.

Go ahead: You need a flu shot more than other people. Doctors in canada find that heart attacks drop in half after a flu shot. Mechanism unknown. ...Read more

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After Cataract surgery on Nov. 29th my eye still tears is this normal? I have Type 2 Diabetes and Graves Disease and am 68 years old.

After Cataract surgery on Nov. 29th my eye still tears is this normal? I have Type 2 Diabetes and Graves Disease and am 68 years old.

Tearing is normal: Cataract surgery can make dry eye worse, as can Grave's disease. The drier colder air of winter can also worsen dry eye. It would not be unusual for your eye to still tear. Use lubricating eye drops at least four times a day. However, there is still a small chance that you have some mild post-op inflammation ...Read more

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Is type 2 diabetes a inflammatory disorder?

Is type 2 diabetes a inflammatory disorder?

No: It is caused by receptors in peripheral tissues not responding to insulin.
When you say "inflammatory" that could mean infection which it isn't or rheumatological like rheumatoid arthritis which is non infectious but inflammatory. Type 2 diabetes is neither. ...Read more

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My husband has type 2 diabetes. Yesterday he went on a two mile hike. His night time blood sugar we're high and still elevated this morning. Why?

My husband has type 2 diabetes. Yesterday he went on a two mile hike. His night time blood sugar we're high and still elevated this morning. Why?

Complicated disease: Diabetes is a complicated disease and often doesn't work the way we expect. You'd think that after exercise, the blood sugar would be good - but he could run a marathon and still have an elevated blood sugar after. It's a combo of how much Insulin he's producing and his muscles' sensitivity to insulin. Over weeks to months of exercise, he will see a change in his fasting sugars, so keep it up! ...Read more

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For type 2 diabetes, if someone has to choose between whole grain sorghum flour and whole grain wheat flour, which one of the two would b better?

For type 2 diabetes, if someone has to choose between whole grain sorghum flour and whole grain wheat flour, which one of the two would b better?

Sorghum: It digests slower, slowing the rise of serum glucose, therefore allowing for better control of diabetes. While this benefit is small, sorghum also has the bonus of being gluten-free, and it grows well in drought conditions. ...Read more

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Would it be possible that a person develop type 2 diabetes with no family history of the disorder?

Yes: Dietary and exercise habit have changed and a person who is overweight and does not exercise can develp type 2 diabetes, even if neither of the parents had the disease. ...Read more

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What kind of disorder is type 2 diabetes?

What kind of disorder is type 2 diabetes?

Older patients: Type two diabetes is generally seen in older patients. It is caused by the body becoming resistant to Insulin so initially the Insulin level is high as opposed to juvenile diabetes where there is a lack of insulin. However, eventually the type two diabetic may have low Insulin levels also and require insulin. Both are major risk factors for vascular disease. ...Read more

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Is diabetes genetic? I think I may be diabetic, my mom just got diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and I have two symptoms of it. Should I get tested?

Is diabetes genetic? I think I may be diabetic, my mom just got diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and I have two symptoms of it. Should I get tested?

Type II diabetes: There is a strong heritable component of diabetes, especially type ii. I don't know what symptoms you are currently experiencing, but the classic ones are polyuria, polydipsia, nocturia, and polyphagia. If you have symptoms, you should be screened with a hemoglobin a1c blood test or fasting plasma glucose test; especially if you are obese, or have additional risk factors besides family history. ...Read more

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Just diagnosed with type 2 diabetes two days ago. At er blood sugar was 325. they started insulin and discharged. Sugar now 470 but been taking meds?

Just diagnosed with type 2 diabetes two days ago. At er blood sugar was 325. they started insulin and discharged. Sugar now 470 but been taking meds?

Too high: Yu certainly have DM that is not controlled at this time. Over 400 is too high and if persists, you will need to go to the emergency room. Call your Dr. ASAP and get in for an evaluation and adjustment of medication, dietary counseling, and advice on Therapeutic lifestyle changes. Basically, you need to establish care with a Doctor who will provide you with continuity of care and DM management. ...Read more

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How do you handle type 2 diabetes when you have an eating disorder and phobia of weight loss?

How do you handle type 2 diabetes when you have an eating disorder and phobia of weight loss?

Coordinated care: It is vital that all the health care professionals treating you are coordinating their services. I am not sure what type of eating disorder you have but if it is anorexia nervosa, it can be life threatening and you may need in patient care if your body weight gets too low. Psychiatric meds may aggravate your diabetes. Phobia of weight loss is rarely seen in today's society. ...Read more

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I really need to be educated on type 2 diabetes. My blood sugar is either too low or high. When should I take. My metformin. 166 two hr after eating.

I really need to be educated on type 2 diabetes. My blood sugar is either too low or high. When should I take. My metformin. 166 two hr after eating.

Lose the weight: The first part of treating diabetes is to lose weight. I know how difficult that can be but I'm just saying. Your medicine, metformin, is taken two times a day with food. The most important test which is done by the doctor is called hemoglobin A 1 C and its value should be from 6.7-7.5% It can be lower with great control but its the most important. ...Read more

Autoimmune (Definition)

The immune system developed to tell our own, normal cells (self) from foreign and abnormal cells (non-self). This lets the immune system eliminate viruses, bacteria, fungi and cancer cells from our body without harming normal cells. Sometimes the immune system fails to tell self from non-self and it attacks normal cells, for example in ...Read more


Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Diabetes (Definition)

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