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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 probability of type 2 diabetes.1 There is a less subtle way that sugar can cause diabetes, which is by weight gain.2 Obesity has been shown to cause diabetes3 ...


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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 production ( check by doing a C-peptide test ), then yes, it's possible. See the work by Prof Taylor at Newcastle, England using extreme low calorie diets ...


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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 of (+-10) 68 and 64 according to the Linus Pauling Institute. So as a summary, no. Brown sugar affects the Blood Sugar level of a Diabetic patient similarly to ...


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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 cardiovascular disease (CVD) but not all patients with diabetes has CVD. Actually The European cardiovascular disease risk assessment model suggests that diabetes ...


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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 vision, etc). And standard methods of detecting insulin resistance or pre-diabetes using glucose tolerance tests or an A1C percentage often show false negatives; ...


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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 the HbA1C level, and what follow-up study was negative? In the Lippi study, HbA1c values between sedentary individuals and professional cyclists were 5.2 +/- 0.3%...


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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 are located in the islets of Langerhans).1 What, exactly, kicks off this autoimmune response is as yet unclear. Some options are genes, and different components ...


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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), but note that GI is rather fickle to measure and you can probably find differing numbers for both. I've seen sources (not peer reviewed) which claim that honey'...


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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 types of medicines that you ask about have some potentially serious side-effects. For aspirin they go from gastrointestinal disturbances, mucosal damage and ...


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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's usually diagnosed this early is because it comes from the body's inability to produce insulin in the pancreas after the immune system has destroyed these ...


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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 is a disease that is fundamentally caused by a mismatch between our genetic makeup and our lifestyle choices, namely diet and physical activity. Numerous genes ...


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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 Trends In Screening and Prevention of Type 1 Diabetes: Mild asymptomatic hyperglycemia precedes by months or years overt insulin dependence among persons with ...


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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 those methods would be applied clinically. There have already been clinical trials of gene therapy with viral vectors, with mixed success. Edelstein, M. L., ...


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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 140-200 mg/dl (more than 125 fasting or >200 after 2 hours will be diagnostic of diabetes). A number of longitudinal studies have shown that prediabetes is ...


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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 released a study that showed that NaCl content of various types of standard and "gourmet" salts were not significantly different. It also detailed a few ...


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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 medication of patients affected by type 2 diabetes. The same studies found significant improvements in plasma lipids (LDL and total cholesterols), that show decrease ...


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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 doesn't seem to have any undesirable side effects, making it an ideal anti-hypertensive. In patients with diabetes the mean BP during sleep was lower on ...


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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) compares the consumption of SSBs with that of artificially sweetened beverages, and finds SSBs significantly worse. The study, however, is only a 10-week ...


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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 prevents the development of kidney problems entirely, tight glucose control together with blood pressure control with an ACE-inhibitor or ARB slow the progression of ...


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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 cellulose, sucralose consumption for 3 months at doses of 7.5 mg/kg/day, which is approximately three times the estimated maximum intake, had no effect on glucose ...


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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 carbohydrates. For a little background, the pancreas serves two functional purposes. It provides the endocrine hormones that balance the sugar available in the ...


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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, juvenile or childhood-onset) – where the pancreas doesn't produce any insulin (10% of all diabetes, often inherited/genetic) Type 2 – where the pancreas doesn't ...


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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 carbonic acid accumulate in ECF or when there is a loss of HCO3. Rarely occurs spontaneously but in is with other problems (starvation, shock, trauma... but ...


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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 pressure: aim for lower than 130/80 Control of lipids: LDL (“bad”) cholesterol should be less than 100 mg/dl, HDL (“good”) cholesterol should be above 50 mg/dl ...


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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://fitafter40vancouver.blogspot.com/2010/12/hba1c-and-athletes.html Athletes may have short bursts of higher glucose in their blood stream after exercise and not prolonged ...


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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 – at least in theory. Assuming that your blood sugar would have remained level had you not eaten (which will not usually be the case in real life), you just ...


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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. Just be aware that it is a warming herb/spice so if you are someone that finds themselves just a bit too hot all the time, this will exacerbate that. Lastly, ...


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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 ongoing infection in the polyp. This may not be medically significant, however, because it would not show active infection and a need for antibiotics. ...


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A common conclusion from studies is that high intake of sugars is associated with increased risk of diabetes type 2, but it is not clear if this is due to sugar intake itself or due to associated weight gain. 1. Malik VS et al, 2010, Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and Risk of Metabolic Syndrome and Type 2 Diabetes, a meta analysis (PubMed Central) In addition ...


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This study did a thorough literature search of all existing Aloe Vera research and found, at best, weak conclusions: The current evidence suggests some potential benefit of Aloe vera in improving glycaemic control in prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. However, given the limitations of the available evidence and the high heterogeneity in study results, high-...


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