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How exactly is hypoglycemia a problem?

Your tissue gets sugar from the blood (along with the other needed nutrients, and oxygen). Sugar is not stored in places like the brain, brain cells only take up enough sugar for what they need in the ...
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Is there evidence that eating too much sugar can increase the risk of diabetes?

High consumption of sugar can up the risk of diabetes, but it is not the only contributing factor. There have been studies that have shown that sugar-sweetened drinks (mainly soda) have increased the ...
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Is Type 2 Diabetes reversible?

It depends on how long the patient has been on insulin, and whether "pancreatic exhaustion" has been reached. If the person has been on insulin only a few years when there is still endogenous insulin ...
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Is brown sugar better than white for diabetes?

Type 1 and Type 2 diabetic patients can eat sugar under specific conditions. White and brown sugar are pretty much identical (from a "diabetic" viewpoint) and they respectively have a Glycemic Index ...
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Should all persons with diabetes get statins?

In short, no. It is important to understand the meaning of risk and the balance of possible harm caused versus positive effect made by an intervention. Patients with diabetes have higher risk of ...
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Can you measure insulin resistance?

InsulinNation gives a good overview: Pre-diabetes can exist for a long time in your body without triggering the most common outward signs of diabetes (continual thirst, frequent urination, blurred ...
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Fasting blood glucose and Hemoglobin A1C not valid for athletes?

When you say In one of my most recent blood panels (for a medical study group) came back with HbA1c levels that indicated I was prediabetic, but again, follow up studies were negative. What was ...
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What is the cause of Type 1 Diabetes?

The short answer is that Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease, a disease that is caused by the body's own immune system attacking and destroying insulin-producing cells, called beta cells (which ...
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Can diabetics consume honey?

Honey is rich in glucose (31%) and contains other insulin-triggering sugars such as sucrose and maltose. One study found that it has a glycaemic index of 87, much higher than that of table sugar (59), ...
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Aspirin / statin for preventing coronary heart disease in prediabetes?

It is difficult to say, because the matter is controversial and in both cases it is still being investigated. The general rule for any medicine is that the benefits should outweigh the risks. (1) Both ...
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Chances of getting diabetes type 1?

Being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (DM1) at the age of 54 is very rare. It's usually diagnosed in children or teenagers and used to even be called 'juvenile diabetes' because of that. The reason it'...
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Preventing diabetes mellitus

Generally, Diabetes Mellitus is categorized into Type 1, Type 2 and Gestational diabetes.The type that you are concerned with is type 2 in which genetic factor plays a major role. Type 2 diabetes ...
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Do artificial sweeteners increase risk of diabetes or hyperinsulinemia?

Findings There is a strong link between the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB), obesity, and Type 2 diabetes, recognized by multiple studies, for example this survey (1). This article (2) ...
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Is it possible to have diabetes for about 9 months without knowing it?

Yes. MedlinePlus: People with type 2 diabetes often have no symptoms at first. They may not have symptoms for many years. Google Books: The Epidemiology of Diabetes Mellitus, p. 413...Recent ...
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Could genetically modified viruses cure genetic diseases?

Yes. Gene therapy is an active area of research; most gene therapy approaches that are studied use some sort of viral vector, those that don't are more the exception and it is unclear how several of ...
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Can Prediabetes cause coronary heart disease?

I checked myself and found that yes, prediabetes is also a risk factor for coronary heart disease. Prediabetes is the condition when fasting blood sugar is 100-125 mg/dl or 2 hour blood sugar is 140-...
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What is rock salt? Is it helpful for diabetics?

Rock salt is no different from sea salt or table salt, chemically speaking, as all of them consist of nearly-pure sodium chloride (NaCl) The UK Consensus Action on Salt and Health organisation has ...
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Can vegan or vegetarian diets have a positive effect on people with diabetes?

There are several investigations assessing this issue. In several clinical trials (1, 2) Dr. Barnard has prooved that a low-fat vegan diet can improve serum values of HbA1c and requirements for ...
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Does melatonin have an effect on the treatment of type 1 diabetes?

It appears that melatonin decreases blood pressure in a way that occurs nocturnally in normal persons. Interestingly, it is being investigated as a possible anti-hypertensive in Type 2 diabetics. It ...
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how do diabetics keep their kidney healthy?

Diabetes does cause kidney problems, and is the leading cause of end stage renal disease in industrialized world (see Cecil Medicine, Chapter 126, Diabetes and The Kidney). Though neither fully ...
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How long on average would a type 1 diabetic survive without insulin injections, given that their remission phase has long since passed?

Providing an accurate measurement of how long it would take for death to occur after cessation of insulin in an individual who intrinsically makes no insulin is not feasible. This is because such a ...
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Negative Effects of Drinking Large Quantities of Diet Pepsi

Diet Pepsi is sweetened with sucralose (diet coke is sweetened with aspartame). Sucralose ha been found in studies to not affect blood sugar levels: This study demonstrated that, similar to ...
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Is there evidence that eating too much sugar can increase the risk of diabetes?

Consumption of carbohydrates is necessary to sustain life and mental health. Eating or drinking carbs stresses the body both when consuming too much or too little. Today's diabetic diet do include ...
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What is the cause of Type 1 Diabetes?

Introduction Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person's blood sugar (glucose) level to become too high. There are two types of diabetes: Type 1 (previously known as insulin-dependent, ...
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Hyponatremia and hypobicarbonatemia

Carbonic Acid / Bicarbonate Buffer System CO2 + H2O ↔ H2CO3 ↔ H+ + HCO3 Metabolic Acidosis and DKA Includes the following: Decreased pH Low HCO3 levels This condition occurs when acids other than ...
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how do diabetics keep their kidney healthy?

The following are the recommendations from the Joslin Center for preserving renal function in diabetes mellitus Tight control of blood glucose levels (A1C less than 7 percent) Tight control of blood ...
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Fasting blood glucose and Hemoglobin A1C not valid for athletes?

Yes, high blood sugar levels can cause damage in the body---but it is SUSTAINED high blood sugar levels that are dangerous. Here is another interesting article on A1c and athletes: http://...
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Formula for determining carb count from blood sugar changes?

If you know your insulin-to-carb ratio and your correction factor (how much your blood sugar drops per unit of insulin), you should be able to calculate how much you should have had fairly simply &...
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What are some natural remedies for lowering blood sugar besides diet and exercise?

You seem to be on a great track. I think you're doing all the right things. Regarding cinnamon pills: I have indeed read studies regarding cinnamon curbs blood sugar by lowering insulin resistance. ...
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Causes of polypoid foveolar hyperplasia

Even if the CLO test comes up negative on the biopsy, you could have your blood tested to see if you are sera positive for H. pylori. This would show if you've ever been exposed rather than have an ...
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