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Complications from 2001

  1. Do you know why I'm now reacting in such a painfully dramatic way to moderately high blood sugars? (31 Dec 2001)
  2. About four months ago, we lost our 23 year old son, who had Down's syndrome, to undiagnosed type 1 diabetes. (31 Dec 2001)
  3. My 11 year old was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 14 months ago, and her doctor said she is not growing. What can I do? Is this caused from the diabetes? (20 Dec 2001)
  4. I'm 53 years old, I have had type 2 diabetes for about four years, and I have tremendous problems with my feet. Is this something caused by my diabetes? (14 Dec 2001)
  5. Why is it that I seem to have some problems with one of my feet (some numbness at times) with this kind of control? (12 Dec 2001)
  6. Do you have any information on how female sexuality may be adversely affected by type 1 diabetes? (5 Dec 2001)
  7. My recent microalbumin was 27. Should I be concerned about this higher number? What steps should I take at this point? (5 Dec 2001)
  8. Is there any way creatinine can be adversely affected if microalbumin is normal? (4 Dec 2001)
  9. I am now having rather severe paresthesias and burning in lower extremities and hands. (4 Dec 2001)
  10. I have searched all over the Internet for what low urine creatinine means, and I can't find anything that explains what the danger is. Can you help? (4 Dec 2001)
  11. Can most or all complications be avoided if diabetes is detected early and is properly managed (regular monitoring, proper diet, insulin shots)? (29 Nov 2001)
  12. Are frequent urinary tract infections a symptom or indication of future kidney disease? (27 Nov 2001)
  13. Can you advise where I can find out more information about surgery for Charcot's foot,s o we will be in a better position to decide if surgery is the way to go? (25 Nov 2001)
  14. Could my aunt's medication or the combination of several drugs be the cause of this pain? (24 Nov 2001)
  15. My daughter's doctor wants to try blood pressure medication to slow down the kidney filtration. (23 Nov 2001)
  16. Does the pill taken by men with type 2 diabetes make a man feel numbness in his penis? (21 Nov 2001)
  17. What is a normal microalbumin for children? Is this a fluke or a sign of beginning kidney problems? (21 Nov 2001)
  18. How long after surgery should it take for her vision to return? When her medical leave expires, will she be eligible for disability until her vision does return? (19 Nov 2001)
  19. Are you familiar with clinical trials for lens implants? Do you see any danger in taking part in such a trial? (18 Nov 2001)
  20. I have type 2 diabetes, and I am experiencing tingling in my feet. Is there some other kind of testing I should be requesting? (17 Nov 2001)
  21. I have been told that I should have something called my "heart rate variability" monitored. Since I have diabetes, how concerned should be about it? (16 Nov 2001)
  22. What can my brother-in-law do to reduce his creatinine level and improve his kidney function? (16 Nov 2001)
  23. Last week, my brother, who has had diabetes for almost 40 years, suffered a mini-stroke. Could this have been caused by steroids? (15 Nov 2001)
  24. I am 26 years old, female, newly married, and I recently I was told I have developed diabetes. I have several questions. (13 Nov 2001)
  25. What is causing the numbness and tingling of my fingertips? Could this be associated with my diabetes? (13 Nov 2001)
  26. Should my husband see a gastroenterologist? (12 Nov 2001)
  27. I have had type 1 diabetes for 17 years with no complications. Are these symptoms the result of my diabetes? (30 Oct 2001)
  28. My daughter recently woke up in the middle of the night with pain in her right leg. What should we to stop this? (27 Oct 2001)
  29. With his present condition, how many years can my three year old live without any complications? (26 Oct 2001)
  30. I take twice daily insulin, I have had diarrhea constantly for months now, and I am unwilling to leave my home due to lost bowel control. (25 Oct 2001)
  31. How much would football factor into the amount of protein being spilled into my son's urine? (25 Oct 2001)
  32. What is causing my brother's seizures now? (24 Oct 2001)
  33. My son came home the other night complaining of burning feet, which the pediatrician called "burning feet syndrome". Can you give me any further information? (22 Oct 2001)
  34. Is this the beginning of gastroparesis? Does my son need a complete "gastro" workup to rule out other causes? (16 Oct 2001)
  35. A 57 year old female, not on any diabetes medication, has had severe night sweats. Her endocrinologist is baffled, and says it must be just a symptom of diabetes. (13 Oct 2001)
  36. Should I be during something else as my pain persists and my sugar levels are not going down? Is there a medicine which could help me more? (13 Oct 2001)
  37. I have been noticing problems with my erections and I would love advice you may have. (11 Oct 2001)
  38. I'm wondering what complications may start and signs I should watch for. (9 Oct 2001)
  39. How badly does this sugar in my son's urine (every day) affect his kidneys? (4 Oct 2001)
  40. Are my wife's kidneys starting to malfunction? If so, what steps should we take? (3 Oct 2001)
  41. Is there anything that could be done so my father won't lose both legs? (2 Oct 2001)
  42. If my boyfriend does have retrograde ejaculation into his bladder, can he have surgery or something to get it fixed? (26 Sep 2001)
  43. Can you tell me more about the possibility of protein in the urine? What can be done about it? (26 Sep 2001)
  44. I have read a little about the use of C-peptide to decrease the complications of diabetes. Do you have any information on this topic? (26 Sep 2001)
  45. Can eating the wrong food cause leg swelling? What does that lead to? (26 Sep 2001)
  46. Is the MRSA a result or made more likely by her diabetes? Can this spread? Can I tell if this is really diabetic gangrene? (19 Sep 2001)
  47. I have spots, and my toes have been extremely painful. The big ones get a mound like thing on them and then burst out pus and blood. Is this related to the diabetes? (18 Sep 2001)
  48. After the toe amputation, I noticed that my foot always seemed to be wider than my left, almost to the point of looking swollen. Is this common? (18 Sep 2001)
  49. When we are intimate my boyfriend has an orgasm but he does not ejaculate at all. I am worried that he will not be able to have children if we decide to. (18 Sep 2001)
  50. If there is anything at all that I can do to help reduce the risk of the "Dead in Bed" syndrome in my child, please let me know. (11 Sep 2001)
  51. Can my sight delay be cured? (5 Sep 2001)
  52. Is it normal for a man with diabetes to be completely impotent? Could there be other problems causing my friend's inability to become erect? (5 Sep 2001)
  53. Could this indeed be neuropathy? (5 Sep 2001)
  54. Could the cramps and diarrhea have anything at all to do with the lows or was it just strange timing that it happened right after the lows? (5 Sep 2001)
  55. How long does a person have to have diabetes before kidney function is impaired? (4 Sep 2001)
  56. Will all those years of poor control inevitably catch up with me? (4 Sep 2001)
  57. I am hearing that C-peptide may be useful in reducing occurrence of some complications of diabetes, and I have many questions. (4 Sep 2001)
  58. How long does it take to get my vision cleared? (2 Sep 2001)
  59. Will my children who have diabetes because of pancreatectomies develop the same problems as any other person with diabetes? What are the chances of their children having nesidioblastosis? (2 Sep 2001)
  60. What hospitals and/or research institutions are the best [nationally and worldwide] for treating diabetic retinopathy? (1 Sep 2001)
  61. What bothers me is that the optician found something wrong, but I haven't been treated for that. Should I remind my doctor, or just go back to the optician? (1 Sep 2001)
  62. After a couple of weeks, my eyesight begins to deteriorate whether I take insulin or not. Can you please give me an explanation of why this is happening? (31 Aug 2001)
  63. When I questioned my doctor about prescribing the Lotensin, he said that it was a preventive measure to save my kidneys. (30 Aug 2001)
  64. My son has twice the normal amount of of microalbumin in his urine and his physician has prescribed an ACE inhibitor. I have several questions. (29 Aug 2001)
  65. Should I have some sort of cardiovascular test to see what condition I am in? (29 Aug 2001)
  66. My 12 year old son recently passed away, and although the autopsy report stated the cause of death as unknown, it did mention cerebral edema. (28 Aug 2001)
  67. Recently I noticed that my heart rate at rest rarely goes below 90 (it used to be between 60 and 70). What is this? (28 Aug 2001)
  68. Could anything have been done to save my brother from this sad ending? (27 Aug 2001)
  69. I am a senior citizen who has type 2 diabetes and is experiencing redness on my feet now. What should I expect? (27 Aug 2001)
  70. With diabetes for this number of years what can I expect in the way of complications, especially heart trouble? (27 Aug 2001)
  71. How can I alleviate the constant pain without yet another drug? (25 Aug 2001)
  72. Do support socks promote circulation or would less fitted socks be better to promote circulation? (22 Aug 2001)
  73. Will being pregnant and having diabetes cause more kidney damage because pregnancy is hard on anyone's body? (22 Aug 2001)
  74. Why three months ago did I have a leaky blood vessel in my eye when, for the past five years, my A1c's have all been under 7.2%? (15 Aug 2001)
  75. Are there any complications of diabetes that might affect the spine? (12 Aug 2001)
  76. A recent article said that the long-term effects of frequent DKA can eventually be recognized in your physical appearance. (10 Aug 2001)
  77. My husband has had diabetes for 22 years and is on insulin and several other medications. Could these medicines affect his eyes? (8 Aug 2001)
  78. How much longer can my boyfriend expect to live with no complications? (6 Aug 2001)
  79. Have you heard of this degree of kidney loss in such a short time span? (6 Aug 2001)
  80. What is a normal range for microalbumin in people with diabetes? (3 Aug 2001)
  81. I have diabetes and significant gastroparesis. Do you know of any case management studies or resources? Are there any scientific trials or studies I can take part in? (2 Aug 2001)
  82. I was in a car accident and lost a substantial amount of hearing in my ears. Could that have any connection to my diabetes? (1 Aug 2001)
  83. My grandmother has constant pain and was told that it was a symptom of her diabetes and associated with internal organ infections. (1 Aug 2001)
  84. I came across an article on your website about "dead in bed" syndrome. Why would we not have been advised that this was possible? (31 Jul 2001)
  85. Isn't there a test to confirm or eliminate neuropathy? Could this have been an early warning sign of her diabetes? (31 Jul 2001)
  86. What could cause such a jump in my microalbumin? Could eating extra protein be the cause? (30 Jul 2001)
  87. I am a 47 year old female who has type 2 diabetes. Does diabetes affect one's sex drive? (30 Jul 2001)
  88. The doctor said it was the symptoms of diabetes at a very late stage. Could you please give us some advice? (30 Jul 2001)
  89. I have diabetes, and I am on dialysis. My glucose levels have dropped to a dangerous level. Is there a reason for this condition? (30 Jul 2001)
  90. Are strokes more prevalent in people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes than in other people? If this is true, what contributes to a stroke? (30 Jul 2001)
  91. I having a lot of pain in the bottom of my feet. Could this be a complication of diabetes? (26 Jul 2001)
  92. My husband has chronic pancreatitis, diabetes, and gastroparesis. Is there anything we can do or avoid to help these attacks ease? (24 Jul 2001)
  93. Does this sound like gastroparesis? Do you think it is related to diabetes? (24 Jul 2001)
  94. My 40 year old sister, who had type 1 diabetes since the age of one, died a few days ago. I would like to know if there is reason to suspect that she died prematurely. (23 Jul 2001)
  95. Could the medication be causing the spots on my lower legs? (22 Jul 2001)
  96. If my girlfriend's sugar levels remain under control, will she still develop the complications later on in life? (13 Jul 2001)
  97. Could the hypertension be due to kidney problems? Do ACE inhibitors really protect the kidneys? (10 Jul 2001)
  98. Our 14 year old son's blood pressure has been 140/80 for the past two visits so his doctor put him on an ACE inhibitor. Is this common for teens with diabetes? (9 Jul 2001)
  99. Recently I have noticed that my big toe nails have turned purple, even though I cannot recall sustaining an injury. What is causing this? (8 Jul 2001)
  100. Could my diabetes have caused this fluid retention? (8 Jul 2001)
  101. Are my daughter's kidneys starting to be affected by her diabetes, and is she more at risk for kidney disease later? (7 Jul 2001)
  102. I have had problem with tingling and numbness in my legs, and at times, I get severe lower back pains. Is this a sign of kidney problems? (7 Jul 2001)
  103. Are there physical exercises and/or vitamin therapies to combat flexor tenosynovitis? (6 Jul 2001)
  104. Could the severe pain be diabetic neuropathy? (5 Jul 2001)
  105. At what age do complications start to occur? What are some warning signs to watch for? (5 Jul 2001)
  106. Is it possible to have kidney disease before diabetes? (4 Jul 2001)
  107. My 12 year old daughter has type 1 diabetes, and I am trying to find out whether growth development problems can occur with poorly controlled diabetes. (3 Jul 2001)
  108. I have trouble having an orgasm. My endocrinologist says this is caused by neuropathy. (2 Jul 2001)
  109. What can you tell me about foot diseases associated with diabetes? (29 Jun 2001)
  110. My niece was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and has had an ongoing kidney infection. Is that a sign she will need dialysis? (29 Jun 2001)
  111. My 24 hour urine showed a high creatinine clearance, a microalbumin less than 5, and a BUN/creatinine ratio of 20. What does this mean? (28 Jun 2001)
  112. I am pretty sure the blurry vision is being caused by the diabetes, but it came on so quickly. Is this reversible or will my mother lose her eyesight? (26 Jun 2001)
  113. I keep reading about the sexual issues of impotence, but they all relate to erection. What about the loss of the ability to ejaculate? (26 Jun 2001)
  114. I am 23 years old, and since I was diagnosed my fiance has been concerned because my sexual drive has gone way down. (26 Jun 2001)
  115. My blood pressure is usually 134/84. Is this considered high for a person with diabetes? Would medication for high blood pressure be beneficial? (26 Jun 2001)
  116. I have recently noticed that the biceps area on both my son's arms seems to be caving in (it's indented). What can I do to stop this from progressing? (26 Jun 2001)
  117. My mother-in-law has diabetes, is nauseated, and sometimes she vomits. What we can do about this? (26 Jun 2001)
  118. Does anybody have some experience with antibiotics and gastroparesis? (21 Jun 2001)
  119. I had a needle biopsy done today on both breasts, and the surgeon said I might have diabetic lobulitis. I need information on this condition. (19 Jun 2001)
  120. Can you recommend or perhaps refer us to another eye specialist in our area? (18 Jun 2001)
  121. My cousin has had diabetes for almost 20 years, is losing her eyesight, and now is almost blind. Is there effective treatment to get her eyesight back? (15 Jun 2001)
  122. Can a person with borderline diabetes have neuropathy? (7 Jun 2001)
  123. I have been on insulin for about two years, and now I have leg pain and pain in my hands. Is this possibly due to diabetes? (31 May 2001)
  124. What happens when the new site is infected when surely it will be? (30 May 2001)
  125. For the past six months, my 11 year old son has been experiencing electrical shock sensations in his shoulders, arms and fingers. (27 May 2001)
  126. My recent urine microalbumin was 857. What is microalbumin? What does this test mean? (27 May 2001)
  127. I am a 20 year old male who has noticed that I do not produce as much sperm as I think I should. (27 May 2001)
  128. I was just diagnosed with retinopathy. I was told it is stable and to come back in one to two years. Should I be concerned? (25 May 2001)
  129. Is there anything that I can do to help slow the progression of and or reverse the neuropathy? (25 May 2001)
  130. Is there is such thing as an eye transplant? (24 May 2001)
  131. I am unable to find anything to read regarding diabetes and neuritis. (10 May 2001)
  132. Is this a symptom of neuropathy? (9 May 2001)
  133. Will a 28 year old male, diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 10 years ago, necessarily be impotent later on in life? (8 May 2001)
  134. What are the consequences that developing diabetes has caused on my 13 year old sister's organs? (6 May 2001)
  135. If diabetes can keep you from growing, what can I do to stop my diabetes and start to grow? (3 May 2001)
  136. We still enjoy being intimate, but is there any treatment to improve this situation or is it something we will both have to live with? (1 May 2001)
  137. What is your opinion about an ACE inhibitor being used to reduce the chances of kidney and eye complications? (29 Apr 2001)
  138. Doctors are recommending amputation of my mother's foot since there is risk of gangrene, and I am hoping if her sugar levels are reduced, her injury will heal. (26 Apr 2001)
  139. Recently, my son had protein in his urine. Does protein showing up in his urine have anything to do with his diabetes? (26 Apr 2001)
  140. My boyfriend, whohas type 1 diabetes has developed very painful scabs on the ends of his fingers, and a surgeon suggested amputation. (26 Apr 2001)
  141. My doctor told me that my blood pressure was up slightly. My life is full of stress caused by factors beyond my control, and I'm fed up with it. (19 Apr 2001)
  142. How reliable are those statistics about diabetic complications? Why does such statistical information vary across different sources? (17 Apr 2001)
  143. Is it realistic for me to ask to have my five year old tested for autonomic neuropathy? ? (17 Apr 2001)
  144. Can problems with my gallbladder and intestines be because of autonomic neuropathy? (12 Apr 2001)
  145. What tests are done to diagnose diabetic peripheral neuropathy? Do I have to have testing done on a scheduled basis? (9 Apr 2001)
  146. My husband has asked his doctor several times if he could be included on some of the new treatments, but his doctor tells him there is nothing new. (5 Apr 2001)
  147. Have you found any correlation between migraine headaches and diabetes, for example, from spiking blood sugar or constricted veins? (5 Apr 2001)
  148. Recently, my urine is bright, bright clear (odourless) yellow. Is that an early indication of a kidney problem? Or merely from something I ate? (4 Apr 2001)
  149. If a person with type 1 diabetes sustains a fracture necessitating an open fixation reduction, would she have an increased risk of circulatory problems? (3 Apr 2001)
  150. Is neuropathy reversible, once you get your diabetes under control, or is the nerve damage permanent? (26 Mar 2001)
  151. If you have diabetes and you do not take care of yourself, can this make you sterile? (26 Mar 2001)
  152. Is there any cure for kidney problems? (22 Mar 2001)
  153. Can diabetic nephropathy can be cured if detected early enough? (21 Mar 2001)
  154. I had a foot injury, and after a week of treatment, there isn't any improvement. (21 Mar 2001)
  155. Are there any data that indicate that treatment with ACE inhibitors at this stage would be beneficial? (19 Mar 2001)
  156. Do you think spot tests for microalbuminuria can produce the same accurate results as those based on the 24-hour urine sample? (13 Mar 2001)
  157. What is the standard for getting eye exams? (13 Mar 2001)
  158. What other measures can I explore before I get my father to change doctors? (11 Mar 2001)
  159. I broke my foot in 13 places. Does this trauma elevate the risk of amputation in later life? (7 Mar 2001)
  160. What are the symptoms of protein in the urine? (7 Mar 2001)
  161. What percentage of people with diabetes (type 1 versus type 2) get a kidney problem? How long have they had diabetes? (6 Mar 2001)
  162. Are there any new treatments for necrobiosis? (4 Mar 2001)
  163. After having shoes on for about an hour, the bottom of my feet heat up. Should I be concerned? Should I discuss this with my internist? (2 Mar 2001)
  164. I am increasingly 'feeling down' if my blood sugar is not between 4 and 10 mmol/L [72 and 180 mg/dl. Am I worrying unnecessarily? (1 Mar 2001)
  165. I have had neuropathy for the past several years, causing severe burning in my feet, and I get lots of different opinions on how to treat it. (28 Feb 2001)
  166. I read that men with diabetes have a problem with getting an erection. Does this mean they cannot have offspring? (28 Feb 2001)
  167. My 80 year old father is experiencing chronic severe leg pain and inability to walk. Is this a known complication of diabetes? (27 Feb 2001)
  168. What is the treatment for blockage in carotid arteries? How successful is it? (25 Feb 2001)
  169. My son has been on the insulin pump with Humalog for a little more than two years and is having a serious problem with lipoatrophy. (24 Feb 2001)
  170. Could my blurry vision be a result of my diabetes? How long does one usually have diabetes before any type of eye infection starts? (22 Feb 2001)
  171. Does diabetes cause your toes to turn purple? (20 Feb 2001)
  172. I am a 40 year old female and have had diabetes for 25 years. For the last ten years or so, I have suffered with what I call an antisocial stomach. (19 Feb 2001)
  173. My husband has been complaining of his upper back portion of his arms(above the elbow) falling asleep when he lies down. What could this be? (19 Feb 2001)
  174. Can you enlighten us as to how my mother's diabetes may or may not be related to her latest deterioration? (19 Feb 2001)
  175. We want to begin educating our 11 1/2 year old son about complications. Can you recommend some age-appropriate resources? (15 Feb 2001)
  176. My son has a problem with lipohypertrophy and difficulty avoiding lows. (11 Feb 2001)
  177. My grandmother had diabetes and congestive heart failure. The family is telling me that it is in the final stages of diabetes. (11 Feb 2001)
  178. I am become increasingly convinced that taking a low dose ACE inhibitor might help reduce my chances of developing kidney problems in the future. (11 Feb 2001)
  179. Can diabetes cause dental complications? (8 Feb 2001)
  180. I want to marry a guy who has type 1 diabetes, but my parents do not want me to consider him anymore. I have several questions. (2 Feb 2001)
  181. My father has diabetes for several years, and has had many complications. I feel like my father is "disappearing" before my very eyes. (2 Feb 2001)
  182. My daughter has recently been complaining of headaches and "slanted vision". What is the cause of it? (2 Feb 2001)
  183. The nerves on the bottom of my feet are very sensitive. Can anything be done? (30 Jan 2001)
  184. Since I developed diabetes, my sex drive is not what it use to be. Is there medication available for females with this problem? (24 Jan 2001)
  185. Can you explain some of the complications that occur with unregulated sugar levels? (23 Jan 2001)
  186. Is there a connection between dysphagia and diabetes? (19 Jan 2001)
  187. My middle aged uncle has been in a coma and has had kidney failure for a week. (19 Jan 2001)
  188. Is it possible to eventually go off of the Neurontin as my diabetes improves? (17 Jan 2001)
  189. Is my mother's memory problem due to out of control readings before she went on insulin? Is there anything else we should know and do to help her? (16 Jan 2001)
  190. Is this any indication of future kidney problems? Should I be concerned? (15 Jan 2001)
  191. What role does diabetes play in developing Charcot foot? Will my recovery time be longer since I have diabetes? (14 Jan 2001)
  192. My 12 year old son has type 1 diabetes, insulin resistance, and Graves' disease. Do you think that this is a prelude of more to come? (11 Jan 2001)
  193. Does this sound more like carpal tunnel syndrome, as opposed to the early signs of neuropathy? (10 Jan 2001)
  194. Can one month of bad blood sugar control cause the complications I'm so fearful of? (10 Jan 2001)
  195. I am a male and becoming very concerned with the nerve damage that seems to be leading to impotence. What is it? Can it be arrested and or reversed? (8 Jan 2001)
  196. Is NASH caused by not controlling your blood sugars? (6 Jan 2001)
  197. My doctor put me on an ACE inhibitor. I have asked why but have not received any answers. (4 Jan 2001)
  198. When I urinate the urine forms a lot of foam (frothing) like when detergent liquid is poured. Why is this happening? (4 Jan 2001)

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