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What Does Autoimmune Mean With Diabetes
Diabetes is a disease of increased blood glucose levels. Glucose is a type of sugar that comes from the intake of food. Insulin is a type of hormone that removes the glucose from the blood and moves it into the cells to provide them with energy. There are two different types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is when the body does not make any insulin. Therefore, glucose stays inside the blood and does not move into the cells. Type 2 diabetes, which is commonly associated with obesity, is when the body is either resistant to the effects of insulin or when the body does not produce enough insulin. Increased levels of glucose in the body causes severe damage to the ...Read more
Is it normal for people with diabetes to have other autoimmune disorders such as lupus and thyroid problems?
How is latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (lada) treated? Can it be prevented by using steroids before your immune system does irreparable damage?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have subclinical hypothyroidism, vitiligo and dermatitis. Am I at a higher risk of more autoimmune diseases like diabetes, MS etc?
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
How long does it take for a autoimmune dis to progress achy elbow knee finger ankle neg lupus tes +ana 1:320 elev ast &alt& gluc no diabetes prot urin?
No telling: There is no way to forecast the progress. Each person takes a different path. ...Read more
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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