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I think I may be developing diabetes . I'm overweight and just started a diet. If I wait to check it out til I drop some pounds would it cause harm?
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Dr. Jennie Law
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
In brief: Can do both
If u can, cont.
Lifestyle changes and chk f/ diabetes at t/ same time- bc if u find out u have diabetes and start treatment (which can be as simple as a single pill if diabetes is mild;ask f/ weight neutral med ), the treatment can be stopped if the sugars improve with successful weight loss of 7-10% of ttl weight. Also, treating diabetes may increase energy -> more successful at losing weight.

In brief: Can do both
If u can, cont.
Lifestyle changes and chk f/ diabetes at t/ same time- bc if u find out u have diabetes and start treatment (which can be as simple as a single pill if diabetes is mild;ask f/ weight neutral med ), the treatment can be stopped if the sugars improve with successful weight loss of 7-10% of ttl weight. Also, treating diabetes may increase energy -> more successful at losing weight.
Dr. Jennie Law
Dr. Jennie Law
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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine
In brief: Possibly
Is there family history of diabetes? Do you have blurred vision, feel hungry and/or thirsty all the time or have to urinate a lot? Those are common signs/symptoms of diabetes.
Getting checked can bring early treatment & help delay long-term effects of the disease. Weight management helps manage blood sugar levels, too. Best be safe and get checked now rather than wait until damage occurs.

In brief: Possibly
Is there family history of diabetes? Do you have blurred vision, feel hungry and/or thirsty all the time or have to urinate a lot? Those are common signs/symptoms of diabetes.
Getting checked can bring early treatment & help delay long-term effects of the disease. Weight management helps manage blood sugar levels, too. Best be safe and get checked now rather than wait until damage occurs.
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
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