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Diabetes Mellitus?

Is Diabetes Mellitus Hereditary?

Type 1 diabetes certainly can be hereditary. Hence if any of your parents or grand parents had it, you should check for it. In fact, there are tests now that can tell if you are likely to be diabetic in future. Type11 may be caused by diseases of the pancreas, some autoimmune diseases or by dietary habits.  (+ info)

diabetes Mellitus?

what are the main medications used in the treatment of this disease.. please

hi you
the main medication used is insulin then it goes on what type you are and how bad/out of control it so it is any thing from tablets up to insulin  (+ info)

What is the way to recovery from Diabetes Mellitus?

My brother has been just detected having Diabetes Mellitus with blood-sugar 281 after fasting and a triglyceride level of 544.I solicit Expert recommendation regarding total recovery from this disease.What foods to be taken,what foods to be avoided,at what intervals food should be taken,what should be the way of life,why a person gets this disease,how it can be avoided altogether?Our maternal grandfather had this and our mother aged 86 years also has it.

First of all, that's a lot of questions to answer in the small space provided here, but I will try to give you some starting points.

Talking with your doctor is your best place to begin. He / she can steer you in the right direction toward meeting your health goals.

As for food.... consult with a registered dietician or nutritionist for professional advice. Some basic pointers are:
-- Avoid high-sugar content foods.Trade out regular soft drinks for more healthy options such as water, tea (not sweetened with sugar), or diet soft drinks.
-- Avoid high-carb foods. Carbs are often metabolized as glucose and will cause your blood sugar to rise in much the same fashion as sugary foods. Potatoes, pastas, and breads are among high-carb foods.
-- Avoid high-fat foods, in order to reduce cholesterol. Plan out low-fat meals and avoid frying when possible. Cholesterol and diabetes go hand in hand, so reducing one (also reducing your triglycerides) will have a positive effect on the other.
-- Avoid high-sodium foods. Try to watch your salt intake as much as possible. Sodium is a cause of high blood pressure, which is also a sister-syndrome of diabetes.
-- Avoid alcoholic beverages. Limit your alcohol intake to the minimal. While most alcoholic mixed drinks are high in sugar content (in the mixers) and beers are high in carbs, alcohol can actually cause hypoglycemic reactions.

When it comes to diabetic meal planning, portion control is really the main key. Limit your portion sizes and avoid over-indulging. Some sugar, carbs, fats, and salt are actually okay and are impossible to avoid, but avoid excess.

There is no set time interval at which you should eat, however it is recommended that you eat small snacks (healthy, of course) throughout the day and 3 meals a day. Being on a regular meal schedule has a major effect on your blood sugar levels so try to eat around the same time everyday.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for diabetes, but with proper medical control you can definitely lead a healthy and happy life. Control is the key to taming the disease. Take medication as prescribed, eat the right diet, and exercise regularly.

There are great resources around in nearly every community so take advantage of those. Join a diabetic support group in your area or solicit the services of a Certified Diabetes Educator near you. Your local health department is likely a great resource as well when it comes to diabetes.

Good luck and best wishes...  (+ info)

How much does it cost to see if i have diabetes mellitus?

I will soon get health insurance. I live in Texas. Can someone give me a estimate on how much it would cost for them to run tests on me for Type 1 diabetes mellitus?

If i do have type 1 diabetes, how much money would it cost for medicine.

Can someone give me a estimate like around $500 dollars?

Hi Jay,

It should not cost you more than $200.00
All you need to do is to tell your doctor that you want to be tested for diabetes. He will discourage you but if you persist he will agree.

Request him to do the Glucose Tolerence Test (GTT)

Good luck. I hope you do NOT have diabetes.  (+ info)

Is diabetes mellitus 1 characterized only as the inability of the pancreas to produce insulin?

A person with this condition may have to give oneself intramuscular injections in order to regulate glucose level in the blood. And I understand that glucagon injections aren't as practical because the mere consumption of carbohydrates should do the trick.

So my question is: Does the pancreas of a person suffering from diabetes mellitus 1 produce glucagon?

First of all, Type 1 diabetics only give subcutaneous injections of insulin, not intramuscular. If insulin was injected into muscle, the effect would be dangerously rapid and unpredictable absorption.

Type 1 diabetics also have damage to their alpha cells or impaired alpha cells, which release glucagon. So yes, their counter-regulatory mechanism for hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) is impaired. They do not produce (generally) enough glucogon to prevent a severe low blood sugar. Type 1 diabetics, unlike Type 2's, are prone to severe low blood sugar for this reason, as is the fact that they do not have insulin resistance, and the fact that they are exogenously injecting much more insulin than their body would need to sustain itself, in addition to general factors for hypoglycemia.

Nobody knows if the damage or dysfunction of the glucagon secreting cells (alpha cells) is autoimmune also, or if it is a result of a lack of beta cells (i.e. The cells may figure, if the body is not making any insulin, you can't have a low blood sugar, right?).

If the person with Type 1 diabetes is conscious and having a low blood sugar, then glucagon should NOT be given. Fast acting carbohydrate (glucose gel etc.) should be given by mouth.

If the person is unconscious, a glucagon injection or IV glucose MUST be given instead.  (+ info)

what is the connection of Diabetes mellitus in keratoplasty?

we have a case study, the patient has a diagnosis of Diabetes mellitus, and it says there that he undergo keratoplasty.. is there a connection between the two?

Diabetes can effect the eyes and can lead to many eye complications
for more on eye diseases due to diabetes vsit mt free website http://www.reddiabetes.com

Automated lamellar keratoplasty eye surgery, or ALK, is a surgical procedure used to correct vision in people with severe nearsightedness and mild degrees of farsightedness.

What Happens During Keratoplasty Eye Surgery?
Keratoplasty eye surgery, performed under local anesthesia, usually takes less than an hour to complete. A cutting device is used to make a small incomplete flap across the cornea. While still attached at one side, the corneal flap is folded back to reveal the layer of tissue below. Another, very precise cut is made on the sub layer of tissue based on the person's glasses' prescription. After this cut, the corneal flap is placed back over the eye where it reattaches.

What Are the Advantages of Keratoplasty Eye Surgery?
Compared to other vision repair surgeries:

The healing process for keratoplasty eye surgery is relatively quick
It takes less time for stable vision to return
Recovery period is more comfortable

What Are the Disadvantages of Keratoplasty Eye Surgery?
While keratoplasty eye surgery is a safe and effective surgery, it does have its disadvantages. They include:

For people with mild to moderate nearsightedness, keratoplasty eye surgery is not as accurate as other eye procedures, meaning that its outcome is more difficult to predict.
Keratoplasty eye surgery slightly increases a person's risk of developing an irregular astigmatism.

What Are the Potential Side Effects of Keratoplasty Eye Surgery?
Aside from the above-mentioned disadvantages, side effects, though rare, do occur. These may include:

Inability to wear contacts, sometimes permanently
Corneal scarring

How Should I Prepare for Keratoplasty Eye Surgery?
Before your keratoplasty eye surgery you will have met with a coordinator who will discuss with you what you should expect during and after the surgery. During this session your medical history will be evaluated and your eyes will be tested. Likely tests will include measuring corneal thickness, refraction, and pupil dilation. Once you have gone through your evaluation, you will meet the surgeon, who will answer any further questions you may have. Afterwards, you can schedule an appointment for the keratoplasty eye surgery.

If you wear rigid gas permeable contact lenses, you should not wear them during the three weeks before keratoplasty eye surgery. Other types of contact lenses shouldn't be worn for at least three days prior to keratoplasty eye surgery. Be sure to bring your glasses to the surgery so your prescription can be reviewed.

On the day of your keratoplasty eye surgery, eat a light meal before going to the doctor and take all of your prescribed medications. Do not wear eye makeup or have any bulky accessories in your hair that will interfere with positioning your head under the laser. If you do not feel well that morning, call the doctor's office to determine whether the keratoplasty eye surgery needs to be postponed.

What Should I Expect After Keratoplasty Eye Surgery?
The healing time from keratoplasty eye surgery is very rapid. It usually takes only about 24 hours to mend. But it may take a few weeks for your vision to finally stabilize.

Your doctor will give you eye drops to control inflammation, discomfort, and prevent infection.  (+ info)


Please help me . My mom got diabetes mellitus and I don't want her to have medicine . 'cuz it will be bad 4 her health.
Thanks a lot .

I am assuming that she has Type II diabetes and not Type I. Type 1 always requires insulin to treat and there is no cure except the possible successful pancreas transplant.

Type II is usually characterized by obesity. Treatment includes diet, excercise, pills and in some cases, insulin. I have heard that for some people the diabetes "goes away" if they lost weight. There is a recent study where if a diabetic undergoes gastric bypass surgery that the diabetes disappears before the ultimate weight loss. It is a very new study and here is a link to the article on Yahoo.......


No one likes to medicate themselves, but diabetes can be controlled with medication so a person can lead a long and healthy life. Diabetes has many complications, some of which can be life threatening. So if given a choice, I'd rather take the medication than face possible death.  (+ info)

how am i gonna explain the pathophysiology of diabetes mellitus to my classmates?

how am i gonna explain the pathophysiology of diabetes mellitus to my classmates in such a way that they would understand?? its for my report and this is due before midterms... pls help me :) thanks a lot^_^

The best way is to do as I have and spend several hours researching it until you understand it fully. Once you've accomplished that, explaining it to the lay person becomes much easier. Here are some good places to start:  (+ info)

How Doesb The Diabetes Mellitus Affecting The Cardiovascular System?

How does Diabetes Mellitus affect the cardiovascular system?

It increases the risk of atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries.  (+ info)

Please help with this diagram of diabetes mellitus?

Hello Can someone explain in simple words this diagram? I am doing a research based on diabetes mellitus. Link below


Thank you but this is a school project.
this is the diagram I have to explain.

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