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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

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


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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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How is latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (lada) treated? Can it be prevented by using steroids before your immune system does irreparable damage?

How is latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (lada) treated?  Can it be prevented by using steroids before your immune system does irreparable damage?

No different : Than type i diabetes mellitus. Usually insulin, your doctor might try oral medications. There is not a lot of information about prevention since there are no warning signs. ...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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When patient has autoimmune flares that cause weeks of glucose intolerance and diabetes-type symptoms that resolve, would it be useful to test for antibodies to gad, insulin or islet cells?

When patient has autoimmune flares that cause weeks of glucose intolerance and diabetes-type symptoms that resolve, would it be useful to test for antibodies to gad, insulin or islet cells?

Possibly: Autoimmune diseases tend to occur together, so checking for antibodies for type 1 dm can be helpful to assess for that diagnosis. Glucose tolerance should not fluctuate with a flare in gad/insulin/islet abs. It it more likely to be from treatment of the autoimmune flare (steroids) or stress from the flare. ...Read more

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Besides head injury, pregancy, surgery,or pituitary tumor, what can cause one to have transient central diabetes insipidus? autoimmune?

Besides head injury, pregancy, surgery,or pituitary tumor, what can cause one to have transient central diabetes insipidus? autoimmune?

Hard to say: Hi. I'd like to see the evidence for transient DI. Most autoimmune DI (for which there is no clinical lab test...yet) is not transient as far as we know, although that would be high on the list of suspects for a transient DI, in my opinion, having excluded the other causes you mention. Consider yourself fortunate if it's transient! Happy 2015! ...Read more

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I have auto immune diabetes. Does this make it more likely i will get other auto immune diseases?

I have auto immune diabetes. Does this make it more likely i will get other auto immune diseases?

Yes: The presence of an autoimmune disease implies the presence of impaired immune regulations and thus you are more prone to develop other autoimmune disorder. Do get check for low vitamin d3 level in your blood since vitamin d3 is now considered one of the major immune regulators. ...Read more

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I'm healthy & fit, have Graves D. Sugar levels above normal & may be pre-diabetic. Can adults get type 1 auto-immune diabetes? If so, how quickly? Thx

I'm healthy & fit, have Graves D. Sugar levels above normal & may be pre-diabetic. Can adults get type 1 auto-immune diabetes? If so, how quickly? Thx

Yes...: Type 1 dm is now well estab to occur in adults & is an autoimmune destruction of the pancreatic beta(insulin producing )cells. It is more common in people with other autoimmune dz's. But type 2 DM is still more common in adults, even with other autoimmune dz's & Grave's can ??sugars. Can ??for antibodies. Prog in adults gen slower than child. Can take yrs. May always make some insulin.ca ...Read more

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My dad has diabetes so does that mean I will have diabetes?

My dad has diabetes so does that mean I will have diabetes?

No: Hi. Genetics play a very strong role in type 2 diabetes and generally much less of a role in type 1. We don't know what type your dad is. Having said that, type 2 has a HUGE lifestyle component...live healthily, eat healthily, exercise regularly, maintain ideal body weight, and your type 2 risk goes way down even with strong family history. If you suspect diabetes, get tested. Good luck! ...Read more

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Does having keton in your urine mean you might have diabetes?

Does having keton in your urine mean you might have diabetes?

Urine Ketones: Yes and no. Ketones end up in urine as a result of a person using fat as an energy source. This can happen during dieting, during fasting, anytime carbohydrate intake is limited. Diabetes results from Insulin being absent or ineffective. Insulin makes it possible for sugars to enter cells and become energy. If Insulin is absent or doesn't work that is like fasting. So, yes or no. ...Read more

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My glucose level is 134 is that bad and does it mean I have diabetes?

My glucose level is 134 is that bad and does it mean I have diabetes?

Depends: If this was after meals, then it's normal. If fasting, then it's in the diabetes range. Normal bs is <100 fasting, <140 2 hrs after meals. You need a real blood test to diagnose diabetes. The glucometer is not accurate enough so it's used for monitoring only. ...Read more

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If a persons glucose drops does that mean they have diabetes or what?

Diabetes - high: Diabetes is high blood sugar, not low. If someone's blood sugar drops, they can have symptoms such as shakiness, sweating, feeling lightheaded, having poor concentration. This could occur from taking diabetes medication, but it doesn't mean the person has diabetes. ...Read more

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Does a diabetic fasting number of 136 mean that the diabetes is well controlled?

Does a diabetic fasting number of 136 mean that the diabetes is well controlled?

Not exactly: You can't focus on just fasting sugar to determine how well controlled your diabetes is. Mealtime blood sugars are also very important. A 136 fasting blood sugar is not optimal. Normal fasting blood sugar is less than 100. ...Read more

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I'm 28 weeks but measuring 31 what could this mean? I don't have diabetes and its my 3rd baby

I'm 28 weeks but measuring 31 what could this mean? I don't have diabetes and its my 3rd baby

See below: This could be many things. You might have got the dates wrong, in which case the baby is further along than you think. Subsequent children in a pregnancy tend to be bigger than the child before it. If you do not have gestational diabetes this is probably not something to worry about. ...Read more

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