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Complications from 2005

  1. I have gastroparesis, but take no medication. Sometimes, I am low for hours and need glucagon. How can I prevent the lows? What can I take to help with this? (21 Dec 2005)
  2. After more than 15 years with diabetes, I have neuropathy and gastroparesis. Also, my sex drive has been reduced. Is this related to my diabetes? (9 Dec 2005)
  3. After 14 years with diabetes, I have kidney problems. I eat when anxious. Are there any pills to help with the anxiety? Is there a diet/exercise plan I could try? (30 Nov 2005)
  4. I need a vitrectomy in a few weeks to save the vision in my right eye, but I do have insurance and cannot get any. What do you recommend? (23 Nov 2005)
  5. My brother-in-law is "losing" protein because he didn't take care of his diabetes in the past. Where can we find information on appropriate meals? (13 Nov 2005)
  6. I am 34 and have had type 1 since I was nine. Can you comment on my recent microalbumin and protein levels? (13 Nov 2005)
  7. Despite a kidney/pancreas transplant, I have complications. Are there any new treatments for my eye damage? Am I doing the right thing for my other complications? (29 Oct 2005)
  8. What is the most reliable test for detecting early kidney damage? (22 Oct 2005)
  9. Several maternal relatives have/had type 1 and I've had it for 21 years. since I don't have complications yet, could I have some protective enzyme? (29 Sep 2005)
  10. At what age do complications of diabetes start to occur? (26 Sep 2005)
  11. After several treatments, the ulcer on my husband's toe is almost gone, but the toe still appears swollen and deformed. Is this its new normal appearance? (22 Sep 2005)
  12. My mother's arteries are blocked, so she has been given nitro and blood thinners. Is there another option? Could she really have type 1 diabetes? (14 Sep 2005)
  13. I had protein in my urine during a spot check, but it may have been erroneous. What is the difference between protein and microalbuminuria? (11 Sep 2005)
  14. Is neuritis reversible? Is diabetic neuropathy reversible? (15 Aug 2005)
  15. For about 10 of the 15 or so years I've had type 1, I had poor control. Now, I have poor kidney function. Do you agree with my nephrologist that I need dialysis? (30 Jul 2005)
  16. My boyfriend occasionally has cramps, bloating, gas and diarrhea for hours and all night. Could this be Irritable Bowel Syndrome or something else? (26 Jul 2005)
  17. Gastroparesis makes me vomit an hour or two after eating, which then causes low blood sugars. Should I consider a sliding scale for my insulin? (29 Jun 2005)
  18. I have mild kidney disease, with the same creatinine level, for six years. Will it remain low or worsen, even if I maintain good control of my diabetes? (29 Jun 2005)
  19. At birth, my son's blood sugar was low. Was his diabetes caused by this or medication I took while pregnant? When do I need to worry about complications? (29 Jun 2005)
  20. My daughter's endocrinologist has recommended yearly eye exams. Should I find a pediatric ophthalmologist who uses fundus photography and non-dilated exams? (29 Jun 2005)
  21. My husband, who has diabetes, was diagnosed with dumping syndrome. Was it caused by his diabetes? Will his blood sugars be harder to control? (28 Jun 2005)
  22. I was put on an ACE inhibitor after having a high level of microalbumin. What do my results mean? Are there other ways to protect my kidneys? (26 Jun 2005)
  23. According to the laboratory's range, my daughter's albumin/creatinine ratio was somewhat elevated. What does this mean? (25 Jun 2005)
  24. I have been diagnosed with retinopathy; how do I know which type? Can I prevent further damage if I lower my blood sugars? Do I need to alter my current exercise regimen? (1 Jun 2005)
  25. Does an A1c over 9.0 for a sustained period of time increase the risk for sudden cardiac death in a person with type 1 who is very non-compliant? (28 May 2005)
  26. I recently had a microalbumin test with abnormal results. Was it related to the exercise I did prior to the test? What can I do to prevent any kidney damage? (28 May 2005)
  27. I stopped using my legs and arms for injections 15 years ago because of large lumps, which still exist. Is there anything I can do to get rid of them other than surgery? (28 Apr 2005)
  28. My husband has type 2 and has been having trouble with erections for four years. He has low testosterone. Is this or his diabetes causing the problem? (12 Apr 2005)
  29. My mom has been told she needs a triple bypass. What are the risks associated with this? (9 Apr 2005)
  30. Is it normal for a man to have difficulty with his erection when his blood sugar is fluctuating, even if it isn't too low or too high? (7 Apr 2005)
  31. Is it common to have protein in urine only three months after being diagnosed? I am concerned about my recently diagnosed four year old. (7 Apr 2005)
  32. My fiancee has type 1 and has noticed some numbness in her right big toe. Is this the start of neuropathy? Are there tests to confirm this? (4 Apr 2005)
  33. Is it odd to have kidney problems without any retinopathy? After 30 years with diabetes, my doctor found protein in my urine. I have no retinopathy. (15 Mar 2005)
  34. Since my diagnosis 12 years ago, I have had diarrhea and then pain near my kidneys. The gastroenterologist says it is neuropathy, which the diabetic specialist says it cannot be. What do you think? (5 Mar 2005)
  35. After 18 years with diabetes, I have hypothyroidism and mild retinopathy. Is the risk too high for me to get pregnant again? (20 Feb 2005)
  36. Recent laboratory work showed a slightly elevated micralbumin level. Could there be a connection between this level and the Lipitor I have been taking? (18 Feb 2005)
  37. Would the shingles virus and highs have contributed to a trace of protein in a urine test? Is my daughter's reading considered high? (16 Feb 2005)
  38. I am an athlete with type 1 for 22 years. I had an elevated microalbumin level. What causes this? How does my exercise and diet affect the test? (9 Feb 2005)
  39. My 15 year old friend doesn't take his diabetes seriously. He drinks and I am afraid for him. What should I do? (4 Feb 2005)
  40. What could happen to a child who does not take care of their diabetes properly? Could it even kill? (30 Jan 2005)
  41. My brother died during open heart surgery in 2002. His blood vessels were too fragile. Could this have been caused by the occasional hypoglycemia he had over the years? (29 Jan 2005)
  42. My daughter was diagnosed as bipolar. She did well on lithium, but was taken off it since it can cause kidney damage. Is there a way to handle the damage if she takes lithium? (28 Jan 2005)
  43. Is it possible for chronic pain to cause erratic glucose levels? (28 Jan 2005)
  44. I have type 2 and stopped taking metformin and Avandia because of side effects. Is the tingling I have from the medications or because I have better control? (27 Jan 2005)
  45. Is it true that Lantus can aggravate retinopathy in pregnant women? Should I change insulins? Should I be induced, as my ophthalmologist has recommended? (25 Jan 2005)
  46. My 16 year old has had diabetes for 15 years. She has intense tingling and pain in her feet and legs. Could this be some form of neuropathy? (17 Jan 2005)
  47. My doctor has prescribed Altace, but I don't think I'm a candidate for this drug. Should I take it anyway or is there a better medication to take? (11 Jan 2005)
  48. My feet feel like they are burning. Why is this? What can I do about it? (9 Jan 2005)

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