Diabetes

Diabetes is caused when the body does not produce or properly use insulin, a hormone needed to convert sugar, starches, and other foods to energy. Causes are not known, but appear to be both genetic and environmental, with being overweight and not getting exercise being contributing factors. This category is for questions about Diabetes, including Type 1, Type 2, Gestational, and Pre-diabetes, and all questions related to them.

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Why would someone rapidly lose weight?

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Our body weight is determined by the amount of energy that we take in as food and the amount of energy we spend in the activities throughout the day. But with the lifestyle we have been indulged into leads us to various weight related like issues like obesity, overweight, etc. Whether you are trying to lose 5 kg or more than that, the same principles determine how much weight you lose and how fast your weight loss will occur. Teas are also a great option for weight management like Shoonya FAT ZERO Pure Garcinia Cambogia & Green Tea, as it contain antioxidants that helps to lose weight. Source: https://www.tabletshablet.com/product-category/wellness/weight-management/
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Is type 1 diabetes curable?

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No, type 1 diabetes is not currently curable. Only type 2 can be helped (managed or sometimes cured) with exercise and a carefully controlled diet. According to health professionals, Diabetes type 1 presently, is not curable, neither with exercising nor proper diet, medication, or any treatment. It is a condition resulted from the destruction of the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas, (more precisely, in the islets of Langerhans, which are specific clusters of cells inside the pancreas). Insulin is a hormone the body needs for breaking down sugar (glucose), by initiating glucose intake. Glucose is a very important body fuel; the body breaks them down and produces energy from the process. This energy is vital for our body. Since the destroyed beta cells are no longer able to produce the necessary hormone, insulin, insulin has to be injected into the bloodstream (it cannot be taken orally, because digestion would break it down before it could enter the bloodstream). There are constant researches for a cure, or even for a better management of the condition. The latest encouraging news if the transplantation of those Islets of Langerhans into Diabetes type 1 sufferer's pancreas. If the cells are accepted and became functional, (produces insulin), then it might come the closest to be called a 'cure', as the patient will be able to produce his/her own insulin.
Asked in Conditions and Diseases, Diabetes, Human Anatomy and Physiology

What would happen to the blood glucose level if diabetic gave herself an injection but did not eat or accidentally too much insulin?

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Excess insulin reduces the level of sugar in the bloodstream. Such can cause a person to feel weak, nausea, vomiting, tachycardia (rapid heart rate), dilated pupils, sweating, headache, ataxia (in-coordination), seizures and if severe enough it can even cause coma. If have taken an insulin injection it is imperative that you eat something(unless you are something like 20 m/mol). On a side note: At one time insulin shock was used as a treatment for mental illness. Physicians would overdose a patient with insulin. The patient would pass out. Then the liver would gradually release sugar back into the bloodstream and the patient would recover. Psychiatric Hospitals replaced Insulin Shock Therapy with Electroshock Therapy. If you give yourself Insulin Shock Therapy, do not drive.
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Do diabetics develop a bad temper?

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Anyone can develop a bad temper. There is a nuclei in the brain that corresponds to low blood sugar that can negatively affect mood. Since diabetics have problems with blood sugar metabolism, these can cause them to be moody if their blood sugar gets too low.
Asked in Health, Diabetes

How do you remove sugar disease from your body?

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The old term "sugar" was used in the last century or so, to refer to diabetes. Thomas Willis, a physician, noticed that urine from a diabetic tasted like sugar in 1679. The disease has been around for centuries, more so after sugar became readily available to all classes after the Arabs perfected extraction from sugar cane in AD641. With current knowledge, diabetes cannot be cured, only treated, so you cannot "remove sugar disease from your body." These days, sugar as well as excess fat in the diet (eg.transfats, saturated fats), and white carbohydrates (eg. white bread, pasta, rice, chips, cake) are the big offenders. People who are overweight couch potatoes (you need 150 minutes "out of breath" a week), and who have a diet that does not include plenty of vegetables, beans, and other non-processed foods are at a high risk of developing diabetes. Type I is genetic; Type II is the one you eat yourself into. So, long answer short to your question, try exercising more, watching your portions and eating home-cooked foods with non-processed ingredients and you may improve your health. Diabetes never goes away, though, and you will need to change your lifestyle in terms of diet, exercise and weight to keep it from progressing. Many people are able to turn things around and get normal numbers after being diagnosed. Take advantage of insulin if it is offerred--it protects your pancreas and other organs from problems linked to high blood sugar. More History The ancient Greek and Chinese doctors knew about the disease that, at that time, was fatal and that it was related to sugar in the urine. The Greek doctors named it "sweet flow" because they tasted a patient's urine and it tasted sweet. That's how they diagnosed it at the time. They didn't know what caused it but knew that it meant that the patient was going to die. Around the same time, the doctors in China also came up with a similar diagnostic method, but instead of having to taste the urine of the patient themselves, they poured some on the ground it would attract ants. Another Answer Sugar isn't a disease per se, but the presence of too much sugar in the blood is a condition called hyperglycemia which is most commonly associated with diabetes mellitis. Once a person has diabetes they can't really be cured of it, but there are several treatments available depending on the particular type of diabetes you have. All patients with diabetes are recommended to reduce their sugar and carbohydrate intake, but other treatments can be oral medications, or insulin injections. If a person is able to keep their blood sugar within the normal range, they do not develop the chronic problems associated with diabetes such as neuropathy, nephropathy, or retinopathy. Most doctors will recommend that you do a timely health exam that does not only check your sugar level, but also screens out any problems potentially caused by diabetes. Regular exercise is also recommended.
Asked in Diabetes, Wine and Champagne

Which is the best wine for diabetes?

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NONE! Alcohol turns into sugar temporarily while your body processes it. Sugar is bad for diabetics!
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Can diabetic patients eat sweet corn?

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Corn is high in starch, a type of carbohydrate that can quickly raise blood sugar levels. This doesn't mean that as a diabetic you need to completely forgo corn, however. Corn contains plenty of healthy nutrients, including iron, vitamins A and B-6, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese and selenium. It also provides a high level of fiber and is considered a whole-grain food. To properly include corn in a diabetic diet, consume it along with foods containing protein or fat and limit your consumption to one ear of corn or one-half cup of kernels at any given meal.
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Can you use a diabetes lancet more than once?

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No, this is a bad idea , once it has been used, discard, because bacteria will have formed so you do NOT want this transferred into your body.
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Does cancer raise blood sugar?

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It is more likely that raised blood glucose, Diabetic Hyperglycemia, might raise the risks of getting certain kinds (while not all kinds) of cancer. There are several hypothesises for why diabetics seem to be more prone to cancer, ranging from higher glucose level might favour the growth of tumours (nourishment), the insulin's functional similarity/association with growth hormones, other hormonal interferences, even the life style and circumstances that led to diabetes could themselves be causative factors, amongst quite a few other possible reasons.
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What are uncommon symptoms of diabetes?

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Some of the uncommon symptoms of diabetes can include a shortness of breath and along with this a pain or tightening in the chest that can sometimes be mistaken for heart disease instead.
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Does type 1 diabetes affect your sperm count?

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Yes it does. Although no conclusive study has determined diabetes control levels (good blood sugar control or bad control) effects on sperm count. Logically if your control was near perfect you would see drastically lower effects on sperm count. In 65 adult diabetic men and 77 control men without diabetes, both groups without any problems as to fertility, the following characteristics of ejaculate have been compared: volume of seminal fluid, sperm concentration per milliliter, total sperm count, sperm morphology, and motility at 1, 3, and 5 hours after ejaculation. In the entire diabetic group, sperm morphology and motility at 1 hour after ejaculation was statistically significantly worse. In 15 diabetics without sexual disurbances only sperm morphology was statistically significantly worse compared with an equally large control groups. In 50 diabetics with erection disturbances, sperm volume and motility in three successive observations were statistically remarkably lower. In younger age subgroups, the differences between diabetics and nondiabetics were more marked than in older age subgroups. The patients' age, when diabetes was discovered in them, did not essentially influence the quality of the ejaculate where diabetes lasted 8 or more years. Diabetics over 40 years' age displayed a significantly lower sperm volume. The total sperm count and motility at 3 and 5 hours after ejaculation, with 12 or more years' duration of diabetes, differed from diabetes of 2 years' duration. On the basis of these observations a negative influence of diabetes on the quality of the ejaculate seems unquestionable.
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What is a glucose dipstick?

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It's a urine test strip. Used for the control of diabetes
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Can diabetes be misdiagnosed?

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Any diagnosis of the blood sugar levels being higher than normal is still a diabetic reading, whether you have it permanently or not. Take gestational diabetes for example. A pregnant woman is having trouble with her pancreas because of the fetus pushing on it and causing the insulin production to drop or fail. If insulin or a "metformin" drug is prescribed and the blood sugar levels drop too low, the doctor will simply reduce insulin to the tablet, reduce the tablet to a milder dose, reduce medication to a diet or reduce the diet for precautionary measures. The pancreas can break down for a lot of reasons from injury to stress to substance abuse. There is very little chance of any doctor misdiagnosing a treatment if the blood sugar levels are much higher than an average reading at any given time. Insulin or a tablet form will not hurt anyone who is not a diabetic unless a very large dose is taken, in which case any high glycemic index food can alleviate the blood sugar levels in a safe time frame. Even if their pancreas is healthy, the natural production of insulin will cease temporarily if the body does not require it.
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Is carrot increase blood sugar?

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Carrots do have a small amount of natural sugar, but it is minimal, and would not have an effect on diabetes.
Asked in Medical Insurance, Diabetes, Definitions

How do you determine if you have a 'preexisting condition'?

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== == According to BCBS, if you are still under a doctor's care for a condition and have not been released, it counts as a pre-existing condition. That is what I have found out during my search. What insurance company do you go through? Most places won't cover pre-existing conditions for 12 months! More accurately, look at the definition of pre-existing conditions in the policy disclousures. Typical language will say some like: any condition for which you received care or treatment for the past (generally 6 or 12 months) will not be covered for the first (generally 6 or 12 months). So if you had cancer but have been treatment free for several years, in many cases it will not be considered a pre-ex. The language in most plans is pretty specific so please read it carefully.
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How are enzymes used to diagnose diabetes?

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No enzyme is used to diagnose diabetes .People with diabetes have sugar in their urine. There is a test strip indicator which contains chemical indicators , if glucose is found in the urine the indicator changes color.
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Why do you have a special syringe to deliver the insulin medication?

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The insulin syringe is marked in units of insulin. In the US most (I don't know if there is any other still distributed in US) insulin is U-100. U-100 will have 100 units per mL. So if you take 50 units of U-100 insulin, you are taking 1/2 mL. The syringe makes it easy to take the number of units you need, with the needle made so the insulin won't clog in it, yet glide in easily into the skin. The insulin syringe is made to deliver the insulin dose just under the skin (subcutaneous) NOT into the muscle.
Asked in Diabetes, Desserts, Snacks, and Treats, Candy

How unhealthy are mars bars?

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Very They are high in carbohydrates. Best to avoid them, even for treating hypoglycemia, as the fats in the chocolate will stop the sugar from being digested when you need it, but will release it all at once later on.
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Does eating dates increases blood sugar?

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Yes, dates have a natural sugar in them.
Asked in Vitamins and Supplements, Diabetes

Does taking vitamin c increase your blood sugar level?

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No, but the "other ingredients" may contribute. Read the label and google unfamiliar words to find the cause. Also is C is in pill form, consider the liquid used when swallowing. Juice will increase BS and water will not.
Asked in Conditions and Diseases, Diabetes, Care of Ferrets

How do you treat a diabetic ferret?

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Treatment of diabetes in ferrets - First is what caused the ferret to have diabetes? Once the diagnosis of diabetes is reached, treatment ferrets is a complicated. Diabetes mellitus is uncommon in ferrets, though not unheard of, and it can be a transient condition after insulinoma surgery. The causes of diabetes that are likely affect ferrets - the first is due to pancreatic destruction. Two common causes for pancreatic damage that may affect the secretion of insulin are insulinoma surgery and pancreatitis. Diabetes that develops secondary to insulinoma surgery is probably the most common form of diabetes and tends to be transient. refer to link below for more information
Asked in Dieting and Weight Loss, Diabetes, Fitness, Weight Watchers

Can diabetics go on the Weight Watchers diets?

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Yes they should be able to and it probably is more healthy than what they are eating now, if it is fast food etc.. Weight watchers has listed on each box, food exchanges and grams of sugar, protein etc.. so you need to track or keep count of what and how many calories you are taking in based on your activity level etc.. Diabetics are at an increased risk for cardiovascular disease and even carpal tunnel syndrome.
Asked in Diabetes, Fruits and Vegetables

Does water melon increase blood sugar?

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Yes, watermelon can increase the blood sugar levels. Most fruits turn to sugar. They have a natural sugar in them. Remember the food guide pyramid, we need to eat less fruit then vegetables!!! watermelon has 6% of sugar content..
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What are jokes about diabetes?

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One answer: No! That would be really cruel to make jokes about diabetics! Another answer: It is cruel and rude to make jokes about diabetics. A different opinion: As a 13-year-old Type 1 diabetic, I don't think there is a problem with this. Are you kidding? We are like joke magnets. So I say go ahead make all the jokes you want. I think they're funny, and I really enjoy them. So if you don't like it, don't look at it. If you don't have it, you don't know how it feels or what we feel about it. Another opinion: Actually, there are "jokes" about almost every disease. Most are told by the patients themselves to lighten the load of being sick. Humor about a particular disease is commonplace in support groups of every kind. Laughter is often a good medicine. Keep in mind that the question very well may have been asked by young diabetic, in trying to come to terms with a lifelong struggle to deal with anxiety. Would you deny him or her that opportunity to laugh a little? An opinion from a nurse: To make a sweeping generalization, medical professionals are famous (some who misunderstand may say infamous), for being able to get through very emotionally draining and wretched circumstances with the aid of comic relief. Viewing it from outside, one might mistakenly think we are cold and callous and have unthinkably poor insight into the plight of our patients. Nothing could be further from the truth. Many nurturing people in the medical profession are very empathetic and can feel the emotional pain of others. We have a need to mentally survive in situations where control of our emotions for the sake of others requires a measure of dissociation from the reality of the horror in front of us. So we may inject "dark humor" as a defense mechanism. As any professional comedian will tell you, comedy is all about timing, and it is especially true with dark humor. For that reason, it is usually in the break room where you might hear the comic relief used to the extreme, away from the hearing of those who may not understand the underlying pain behind the comedy. Telling these jokes or making these stress-relieving remarks to another professional is different from being rude and callous, and saying something inappropriate at a bad time or to the wrong people. Luckily, most people who are empathetic enough to need this form of relief also understand the importance of timing, and understanding one's "audience". "Gallows humor" is the same concept except it is comic relief sought by the person directly involved in the difficult circumstance, like the patient. This is used when the patient needs a stress-relieving moment about their own pain or plight. As said above, this is often a tool of support groups who tell these jokes, as well as patients who make sarcastic quips about themselves or their disease to each other. Some of the funniest pieces of this type of humor that I have heard have come from patients talking to each other, their families, or to me. Everyone in my family is diabetic or pre-diabetic, and all of us enjoy a good diabetes joke at the right time. At the risk of sounding cloying, instead of thinking of us all as callous or cruel to each other, please see through this, and understand that we are all actually very sweet. *rimshot* A joke: None that aren't insul'in. Another opinion: THAT'S JUST SICK! Making fun of someone because they're diseased! That's low! Why cant you just make fun of us blonds like the rest of the world!?! Okay then: A nurse at my hospital received a call from an anxious woman. "I'm diabetic and I'm afraid I've had too much sugar today," she said. "Are you light-headed? " my colleague asked. "No," the caller answered, "I'm a brunette". I'm diabetic and I like them: I personally find diabetic jokes very funny! i myself am a Type 1 Diabetic, and have been for the past 11 years. i have trouble thinking of good one's, but i am always open to hearing some. i love to joke around about my diabetes with my friends, like using Drugie terms around people and watching their faces, then telling them that you are diabetic. haha. for example, refer to your insulin as "the stuff" or taking a shot, or giving yourself insulin through the pump as "shooting up" and when your bloodsugar is high, openly say that you are "High" haha So if you have any good ones too, please let me know! And chill out, it's just diabetes. haha. Now even though it is a serious disease, it is still good to have a humor for this kind of stuff. I'm diabetic and love to laugh at jokes about it: Hello! I love to laugh at diabetes jokes. My sister died at 50 after 37 years of brittle diabetes! She had kidney failure, heart attacks, and amputations. I myself survived 45 years of diabetes and had a heart attack and kidney failure, and 16 months ago received a kidney/pancreas transplant...now I am not a diabetic any more! Too laugh in the face of death, and doing all you can to fight it is heroism, not morbidity! Doctors say I am healthy as a horse. I had always taken careful care of my diabetes, but when it is brittle it is tough to do a lot with. Now I feel like I have been reborn and am a volunteer for the American Diabetes Association in Wichita Kansas. Keep laughing for it IS the best medicine for survival, and check those blood sugars!! Humor has a long history of being used to help ease difficulties in life. And in this case, don't they say that "laughter is the best medicine?"