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Does type 2 diabetes and diabetic retinopathy qualify you for a medical marijuana?

Does type 2 diabetes and diabetic retinopathy qualify you for a medical marijuana?

No way, dude!: There is no medical indication for the use of marijuana in diabetic retinopathy nor type 2 diabetes - although i get this request a few times a week practicing in a state that has no legal medical marijuana. The effects of marijuana: increased appetite, mellow feeling, and slowing down are the opposite of what you need. You need to be dieting and exercising to lose weight. ...Read more

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Dr. Harold Peltan
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Diabetic Retinopathy (Definition)

Poorly controlled diabetes can lead to thinning of blood vessels in the back of the eye which pouch out (microaneurysms) or leak. This can cause edema or scarring and lead to severe visual loss unless treated. Treatment can be very effective and this is why diabetics are encouraged to get a yearly eye ...Read more


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Can the use *Preferably non-smoking of marijuana have negative effects on Diabetic Retinopathy? Due to the effects marijuana has on the eyes.

Can the use *Preferably non-smoking of marijuana have negative effects on Diabetic Retinopathy? Due to the effects marijuana has on the eyes.

Potential benefits: The following is a link detailing a novel use of non-smoking form of marihuana called "Cannabidiol As a Putative Novel Therapy for Diabetic Retinopathy". http://www.420magazine.com/forums/diabetes/152457-cannabidiol-putative-novel-therapy-diabetic-retinopathy.html. Hopefully this will address your question well. ...Read more

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Is smoking marijuana dangerous for eye conditions such as diabetic retinopathy and retinal vein occlusion or any other eye disorder?

Is smoking marijuana dangerous for eye conditions such as diabetic retinopathy and retinal vein occlusion or any other eye disorder?

YES: Smoke contains particulate matter ; is the residue of something burning or being burned. Smoke gets into the eyes, ears, nose, tongue, mouth, lungs, hair, pores of the skin etc. Sulfur and carbon monoxide are prominent elements of smoke along with 3000 other chemicals which likely cause cancer or are toxic to tissues. So, smoking anything is bad for your health if healthy let alone if ill. ...Read more

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Medical marijuana for type 1 diabetes? I live in oregon and have type 1 diabetes. I was just curious, i had heard that some studies had been done that showed type 1 diabetics who were insulin dependent could be treated with marijuana. Is this true and i

Medical marijuana for type 1 diabetes? I live in oregon and have type 1 diabetes.  I was just curious, i had heard that some studies had been done that showed type 1 diabetics who were insulin dependent could be treated with marijuana.  Is this true and i

All : All persons with type 1 diabetes require Insulin for survival and control of blood glucose. We do not use the term "insulin dependent" any more. There is no evidence that marijuana would eliminate the need for insulin. In fact, you might expect an increased need since it does tend to increase appetite in most people. So i would not sign for your card. Sorry. But on the other hand there is substantial evidence and scientific/medical support for the conclusion that the drug war has failed miserably and that marijuana ought to be legalized for all. See the links below. ...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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Any ideas why does diabetes cause diabetic retinopathy?

Any ideas why does diabetes cause diabetic retinopathy?

High glucose damage.: The exact mechanism by which diabetes causes retinopathy remains unclear. Several theories have been proposed. Increased levels of blood glucose are thought to damage the structural and functional integrity of the retinal capillaries, predisposing to sluggish circulation, endothelial damage, and focal capillary occlusion. This leads to retinal ischemia, which contributes to the development of dr. ...Read more

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If diabetic retinopathy is effected due to diabetes, is it curable totally or can we prevent further damage?

If diabetic retinopathy is effected due to diabetes, is it curable totally or can we prevent further damage?

Treatable : Hi. Advances in ophthalmology have almost eliminated blindness due to diabetes. However, I would say prevention always trumps treatment. Tight diabetes and blood pressure control will PREVENT retinopathy. Once retinopathy is diagnosed, regular follow up with an ophthalmology retinal specialist is advised. Even if retinopathy has been diagnosed, tight control has been shown to reverse or stabilize ...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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Doctor's opinion? My question is if diabetic retinopathy is effected due to diabetes, is it curable totally or can we prevent further damage?

Doctor's opinion? My question is if diabetic retinopathy is effected due to diabetes, is it curable totally or can we prevent further damage?

Key is early. : Ophthalmic manifestations of diabetes are dependent on the severity of long term damage caused to the small blood vessels in the eye. If visually significant manifestations are seen early, then there is good prognosis with treatment. Some diabetics will require mild treatment and remain stable, while others may require extensive treatment and still have continued damage. Key: dilated exam yearly. ...Read more

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What is the difference between presentation of diabetic retinopathy vs retinal vasculitis? (w/o diabetes/prediabetes) Could it be a predictor?

What is the difference between presentation of diabetic retinopathy vs retinal vasculitis? (w/o diabetes/prediabetes) Could it be a predictor?

Looking in the eye: they look very different. With diabetic there's new vessels. They can pop (retinal bleed), but more typical is gradual worsening of the vessels, scar, gradual blindness without big changes. Vasculitis would usually cause more dramatic changes. ...Read more

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How does diabetes cause diabetic retinopathy?

How does diabetes cause diabetic retinopathy?

Retinopathy: Retinopathy is unfortunately not uncommon in diabetes that is poorly controlled. If that is what you have you must see your eye doctor ASAP for careful evaluation and management. Do not delay or it will be too late! ...Read more

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When in diabetes does diabetic retinopathy occur?

When in diabetes does diabetic retinopathy occur?

Depends : Most young diabetics will take at least 5 years before the diabetes can affect the retina- the light sensitive eye that is most commonly involved. Adult onset diabetics usually already have some form of eye disease at diagnosis. The chance of retinopathy is dependent on duration of disease, the amount of control of blood sugars, blood pressure and cholesterol and other co-existing diseases. ...Read more

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At what stage in diabetes does diabetic retinopathy occur?

At what stage in diabetes does diabetic retinopathy occur?

Diabetic retinopathy: Diabetic retinopathy can occur at any stage in a diabetic patient. That is why an annual dilated eye examination by an ophthalmologist or retina specialist is highly recommended for diabetics, even if they are not having any symptoms. ...Read more

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If diabetic retinopathy is affected due to diabetes, is it curable totally or can we prevent further damage?

If diabetic retinopathy is affected due to diabetes, is it curable totally or can we prevent further damage?

2 things to do: Hi. Diabetic retinopathy is devastating and causes way too much blindness. But we've come a long way. Tight diabetes control lessens the risk of, at least, early retinopathy from progressing. Also retinal laser photocoagulation in the hands of experienced ophthalmologists saves eyesight even in advanced diabetic retinopathy. Good diabetes control and a good eye doc...priceless in preserving vision ...Read more

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Can children get diabetic retinopathy? I think that diabetic retinopathy usually only happens after you've had diabetes for years, but my son has had it since he was 5. He's 15 now, so is he at higher risk? .

Can children get diabetic retinopathy? I think that diabetic retinopathy usually only happens after you've had diabetes for years, but my son has had it since he was 5. He's 15 now, so is he at higher risk?

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Yes, : Yes, they can. Fortunately, it turns out that earlier onset of type 1 diabetes is associated with a lower risk of retinopathy even after years of the disease as compared to children with onset of diabetes after puberty. But the longer anyone has diabetes and the worse the glucose control the higher the risk. But it would be distinctly uncommon for him to have retinopathy at this age however. The challenge is for him to take charge of his diabetes since as a parent, especially at this age, one can only do so much. Jdrf may be of help in your area. ...Read more

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Is “pre-diabetes” a risk factor for diabetic retinopathy? My doctor said I have “pre-diabetes, ” that is my blood sugar is high but not high enough to be called diabetes. I'm working to lower it, but i'm worried if i can't i might also get diabetic retino

Is “pre-diabetes” a risk factor for diabetic retinopathy? My doctor said I have “pre-diabetes, ” that is my blood sugar is high but not high enough to be called diabetes. I'm working to lower it, but i'm worried if i can't i might also get diabetic retino

Yes: The diabetes prevention program (dpp- please look at their website for information) has shown that proper diet and exercise (5-7% weight loss, 30 min of moderate activity 5 days per week) can prevent progression from pre-diabetes to diabetes. This is the best stage to get motivated and start working on your diet and exercise regimen. ...Read more

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Is it true that medical marijuana helps with diabetic neuropathy as well as with other things?

Is it true that medical marijuana helps with diabetic neuropathy as well as with other things?

Marijuana: Marijuana can relieve symptoms of diabetic neuropathy and other conditions. However, it will not affect on the disease at all. You would need to have medial marijuana card to obtain it. ...Read more

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Medical Marijuana (Definition)

It is the parts of the herb cannabis used as a physician-recommended form of medicine or herbal therapy or as synthetic forms such as thc. Some uses are; to ameliorate nausea/vomiting, to stimulate hunger in aids or chemotherapy patients, to treat glaucoma, neurogenic ...Read more


Marijuana (Definition)

Marijuana refers to the various preparations of the Cannabis plant into the psychoactive drug for recreational use ...Read more