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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. Quang Nguyen
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Diabetes (Definition)

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


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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

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