Questions and Answers on Diabetes

Diabetes is a disease in which the body either does not produce or does not properly use insulin.  Insulin is the hormone that converts sugar, starches and other foods into glucose, the energy needed to fuel the body.  If you have diabetes, no matter what type, it means you have too much glucose in your blood, although the reasons may differ.  Too much glucose can lead to serious health problems.

The cause of diabetes is unknown; however it is thought that genetics and other factors (e.g. obesity and lack of exercise) may be involved. There are four different types of diabetes:

Type 1 diabetes results from the body's failure to produce insulin, the hormone that "unlocks" the cells of the body, allowing glucose to enter and fuel them.
Type 2 diabetes results from insulin resistance (a condition in which the body fails to properly use insulin), combined with relative insulin deficiency.
Gestational diabetes occurs immediately after pregnancy, and may result in type 2 diabetes.
Pre-diabetes is a condition that occurs when a person's blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not high enough for a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes.

11/01/2011 - Questions and Answers
Pain behind the eye

Pain Behind My Eye: What can cause a pain behind one eye?

How to deal with eye pain: Pain behind the eyes may be a symptom of different types of headaches. The more common cause for pain behind the eyes are dry eyes and sinusitis but there are other causes to your pain behind your eye. Eye pain can be a very uncomfortable feeling and if you're experiencing pain behind one eye, you should consider seeking medical attention. How to Relieve Eye Pain? How to get rid of pain behind eye? I  have a pain behind one eye that has lasted for about a month. What's causing pain behind eye? Read more

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06/07/2011 - Questions and Answers
Why is my white blood cell count  too high?

High White Blood Cell Count: Why is my white blood cell count too high?

White Blood Cell Count (WBC Count) White blood cell count, also known as Leukocyte count or WBC count,  or White count.There are five main types of white blood cell counts: neutrophils, lymphocytes, monocytes, eosinophils, and basophils. A white blood cell (WBC) count is the number of white blood cells per volume of blood reported in thousands in a microliter or millions in a liter of blood. Do you have a high white blood cell count? There are a variety of reasons for a high white blood cell count. A white blood cell count is high when leukocytes (white blood cells) are helping your body to fight an infection in your bodythere are more disease fighting cells in your body. A high white blood cell count is also called leukocytosis. But It is important to be aware that a high white blood cell count does not identify a specific problem... Read more

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05/14/2011 - Questions and Answers
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Cracked tongue: Why is my tongue cracked?

I have had cracks in my tongue (Cracked tongue) for as long as I can remember. For the most part it didn't bother me. Now, for the past year, I've had lots of pain - it comes and goes. Sometimes I get a painful pimple or blister on the tip of my tongue. Also there are times when it feels like pins and needles in my tongue. My doctor tells me my tongue is swollen. Read more

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05/11/2010 - Questions and Answers

My blood sugar numbers go really high when I exercise, why?

Question: I have diabetes, my blood sugar numbers go really high when I exercise, why? Read more

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02/02/2010 - Questions and Answers

Good foods & special diets

Question How can special diets (like low salt) be made to taste good? Read more

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11/16/2009 - Questions and Answers

Is it Diabetic Nerve Damage?

I have type 2 diabetes and it is not under control. I take insulin twice daily - 52 units mornings and 36 evenings. I'm an over-eater. I'm a woman, 236 lbs and 5' 6". I feel cold in various parts, most often in my lower stomach, sometimes in my chest, back and arms. It's uncomfortable and frightening. Could this be related to my diabetes? Could nerve damage cause the coldness? I also have burning and stinging in my limbs, at times. Read more

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08/25/2009 - Questions and Answers

Weight Loss at 70

Question My husband has recently begun losing weight for no reason that we know of. He says food just doesn't taste the same and sometimes just the thought of some foods makes him nauseated. He is 70 years old but has been obese and always enjoyed food till now. Do you have any explanations? Read more

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07/26/2009 - Questions and Answers

Kidney stones and diabetes

Question My husband is due to have treatment for his kidney stones, but I've read somewhere that this can make his diabetes worse. Is this really so? Read more

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06/15/2009 - Questions and Answers

Chromium for diabetes?

Question I read that chromium can be used as a supplement to treat diabetes. Is this true? Is it better than the drugs that are used? Read more

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06/15/2009 - Questions and Answers

Painful diabetic neuropathy

Question My diabetic neuropathy is extremely painful, especially at night. I've tried all the meds, including gabapentin (which caused dreadful side effects), but nothing seems to help. Read more

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