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Type 2 from 2004

  1. My teen son takes metformin for type 2. His A1c/blood sugars have gone up the past year despite increasing his metformin. Why would this be? (31 Dec 2004)
  2. I was diagnosed with type 2 with an A1c of 7.8. The doctor recommended medication. Could I achieve the same results with diet and exercise? (30 Dec 2004)
  3. After a year on Zocor and Niaspan, I had high blood sugars. Can Niaspan cause type 2 diabetes? (29 Dec 2004)
  4. I have had diabetes for three years. For three days, I have felt hot on my legs and hands. Why is this? Will diabetes affect my sexual life? (29 Dec 2004)
  5. Are there any hormonal drugs which do not cause your blood sugar to increase and promote weight gain? (28 Dec 2004)
  6. In a person on oral medications for type 2, can occasional high blood sugars spoil his sperm quality? What do you recommend? Does he need vitamins? (28 Dec 2004)
  7. I believe my blood sugars, diet and exercise are okay, but the doctor said my A1c was 6.7. Am I on the right track to stave off type 2? (14 Dec 2004)
  8. My daughter is at college where she is doing poorly, both academically and health wise. Is there an inpatient facility where she can get medical and mental help? (13 Dec 2004)
  9. What is the general criteria for treating patients with type 2 diabetes? (9 Dec 2004)
  10. I was diagnosed with type 2 after a diagnosis with hyperthyroidism, which was undiagnosed for years. Could my elevated thryoid level have damaged my pancreas? (7 Dec 2004)
  11. My doctor has just diagnosed me with diabetes and is going to refer me to a diabetes clinic. How soon does the clinic need to see me? (3 Dec 2004)
  12. My blood sugars seem fine when I eat carbohydrates that do not list sugar as an ingredient, but high when sugar is listed. Any thoughts? (3 Dec 2004)
  13. Is it possible to have impaired glucose due to a problem of insulin utilization? Are there tests to confirm this? Can it be reversed by weight loss? (27 Nov 2004)
  14. Recently, I was told to see a specialist about diabetes since my blood sugar was elevated and I had a high urine count. Will changing my diet help? (27 Nov 2004)
  15. Can borderline diabetes be reversed by reducing and then maintaining a normal weight? Is there any research on obesity and pre-diabetes/borderline diabetes? (17 Nov 2004)
  16. Sometimes, I feel cramps, dizzy, and lightheaded. Are these signs of high or low blood sugar? I was diagnosed with type 2 in August 2004. (16 Nov 2004)
  17. Recenty, I think I have developed ketones. Can they be eliminated with medication? Will I need insulin? I currently take Glucophage. (16 Nov 2004)
  18. I have type 2. My fasting blood sugars are from 110 to 126 mg/dl [6.1 to 7.0 mmol/L] with my dinner time metformin. Am I doing anything wrong? (30 Oct 2004)
  19. My grandmother and father both had diabetes. I have balanced translocation, granuloma annulare and trigger finger. Does this put me at risk for diabetes? (20 Oct 2004)
  20. To check for hypoglycemia, I had a GTT, which showed I am actually pre-diabetic. How can this be since I have always had low blood sugars? (16 Oct 2004)
  21. Recently, I was diagnosed with pre-diabetes and told to cut back on simple carbohydrates. I was fine a few months ago. Can type 2 come on so rapidly? (13 Oct 2004)
  22. Diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at 14, my 18 year old daughter now has normal blood glucoses. Does she still have diabetes? (29 Sep 2004)
  23. Am I taking the right medicines for my blood sugar control? Are my stomach problems, including loose stools, caused by the medicines? (26 Sep 2004)
  24. My 12 1/2 year old daughter is very overweight and "pre-diabetic." The doctor recommended Glucophage, increased exercise and diet. Can she be treated without medication? (24 Sep 2004)
  25. A "borderline" diabetic, my grandson follows a low carb diet and exercises. Is it possible the diet is causing problems and that he may not have diabetes? (23 Sep 2004)
  26. A few months after starting Paxil and Depakote, my husband was diagnosed with diabetes. Did the medications cause his diabetes? (20 Sep 2004)
  27. Is it a fact that diabetes will always progress? Can you achieve lifelong normal blood sugars through diet and exercise? (20 Sep 2004)
  28. My post-meal blood sugar is around 165 mg/dl [9.2 mmol/L]. One doctor has recommended metformin. Another has not. What do you recommend? (20 Sep 2004)
  29. I recently had an OGTT. My 30 minute reading was double my fasting reading and my three hour reading was low. What do you think about this? (8 Sep 2004)
  30. My granddaughter is predisposed to weight gain. Other family members have type 2. Should I convince the pediatrician to give me a referral to an endocrinologist? (31 Aug 2004)
  31. I take one metformin and one Xenical daily. Are these dosages sufficient? (30 Aug 2004)
  32. My grandfather is having a hard time controlling his blood sugar. He avoids sugar and takes his medications. What is going on? (21 Aug 2004)
  33. I just started Avandia. My blood sugar is slightly high before breakfast and rises through the day. Should I be concerned about these higher levels? (19 Aug 2004)
  34. Since switching to Glucophage XR, I have seen oval, orange masses in my stools. Why is this? (18 Aug 2004)
  35. I have type 2 and take Amaryl and Precose. When I exercise, my blood sugar often rises, even if I have not eaten. Why is this? (16 Aug 2004)
  36. My feet hurt all the time and I am always tired. What can I do about this? I don't have insurance. (16 Aug 2004)
  37. The man I am dating has type 2 and is experiencing erectile disfunction. Is it related to his diabetes or Glucophage? (4 Aug 2004)
  38. My husband was diagnosed with type 2 after several months on medications for congestive heart failure. Could the medicines have caused his diabetes? (4 Aug 2004)
  39. For someone who has occasional sugar in his urine and impotence, how long until he has kidney damage or nonreversible impotence? (4 Aug 2004)
  40. A co-worker's teen daughter was recently diagnosed with type 2. She keeps vomiting after eating. Why would this happen? (29 Jul 2004)
  41. After my initial diagnosis, I exercised and lost weight, leading to improved readings at my three month check-up. Is my diabetes in remission? (24 Jul 2004)
  42. My doctor wants me to walk to help my diabetes, but I have a problem with my knee joint. What could I do that would not cause pain to my knee? (24 Jul 2004)
  43. I take Glucovance twice a day. My blood sugars rise in the morning whether I eat or not. Humalog caused me to have lows. What do you suggest? (23 Jul 2004)
  44. Diagnosed with type 2 this year, my glucose control is improving while my neuropathy is worsening. What is your opinion? (23 Jul 2004)
  45. A friend recently chided me for not wearing a medical id. I have type 2 and am under pretty good control. Am I "stupid" for not having identification? (22 Jul 2004)
  46. If one is diagnosed with type 2, does not take medications or insulin and is re-tested with "normal" results, is one still considered diabetic? (21 Jul 2004)
  47. My doctor said my A1c was 5.6 and my fasting blood sugar was 123 mg/dl [6.8 mmol/L]. She said I might have diabetes or I might not. I'm confused. What is she talking about? (12 Jul 2004)
  48. At risk for diabetes, I have been on a strict diet. My dietitian wants me to lose more weight, but my legs feel tired so I can't exercise. Do you have any advice? (12 Jul 2004)
  49. My wife has diarrhea, burning and bleeding, as well as fatigue and confusion. Are these related to her medications? (9 Jul 2004)
  50. I just found out I am pregnant. My previous pregnancies have been high risk. Is there any financial help or information for me out there? (7 Jul 2004)
  51. I am taking B vitamins for mytochondrial myopathy. My blood sugars are higher. Can the B vitamins be causing the higher readings? (7 Jul 2004)
  52. I have diabetes, but don't take insulin. My fasting blood sugars are fine, but rise throughout the day. What should I do? My doctor won't help. (6 Jul 2004)
  53. If postprandial blood sugars are in range, but fasting numbers are slightly elevated, how would the addition of metformin help? (2 Jul 2004)
  54. My recently diagnosed brother is now feeling low when he's 150 mg/dl [8.3 mmol/L]. He has been told to see his doctor. What could be going on? (30 Jun 2004)
  55. To lower my A1c, my doctor changed my oral medications. To lower it more, he wants me to take insulin. Shouldn't I give the pills more time? (30 Jun 2004)
  56. After four months without my Actos, I am thirsty, losing weight and urinating a lot. Is this from not taking the Actos or unrelated to diabetes? (29 Jun 2004)
  57. After three months on Glucovance, I was able to stop the medication and have acceptable random blood sugars. Is this a honeymoon period? (28 Jun 2004)
  58. Why is using a soothing epsom salts bath counterindicated for a diabetic? Also, is taking glucosamine chronditin harmful for a diabetic? (28 Jun 2004)
  59. My friend with type 2 diabetes has morning blood sugars that are higher than those at meal times? What would cause this? (27 Jun 2004)
  60. If type 2 is mainly due to insulin resistance, is it worth giving glipizide which is an insulin secretagouge? (27 Jun 2004)
  61. I had an abnormal blood sugar after a glucose tolerance test, but it was normal after three hours. Do I have diabetes? Do I need metformin? (15 Jun 2004)
  62. How can I reduce my fasting blood sugar? Will increased exercise help? (14 Jun 2004)
  63. My two hour post-prandial blood sugars are often somewhat high, but drop within 20 minutes. Is this drop from my once daily Glucovance? (12 Jun 2004)
  64. Can a person with type 2 diabetes include avocados in their meal plan? Can you tell me some nutrition information about them? (2 Jun 2004)
  65. I am taking Protophane night, even increasing the dose, but it is not lowering my blood sugars. Why doesn't the insulin seem to be working? (2 Jun 2004)
  66. Is there any correlation between a woman's period and her glucose levels? I have lows at the start of menses even without Glucophage. (2 Jun 2004)
  67. Why do people with type 2 taken insulin if they are insulin resistant? Isn't there too much insulin in the bloodstream? (31 May 2004)
  68. I was put on insulin when diagnosed with type 2 in 1990. My A1c is 6.0. Could I take Glucophage and Avandia instead of insulin? (29 May 2004)
  69. Is there a cure for type 2 diabetes? My wife's post meal blood sugar is slightly elevated. Does she have diabetes? (25 May 2004)
  70. My spouse has been unable to stay awake in the car for two years. He's had diabetes for three. Is this related to his diabetes? (23 May 2004)
  71. Recently, I have a very strong odor to my urine. Could this be connected with my diabetes? I take Tolinase twice a day and Regular before dinner. (12 May 2004)
  72. I was diagnosed with diabetes based on one fasting glucose test. I see an endocrinologist before I get the results of my blood work. What is going on? (5 May 2004)
  73. What can I do to help someone who has boils on their back? (30 Apr 2004)
  74. I have been having blurry vision starting after breakfast since my diagnosis with type 2. What could be causing the blurriness? (30 Apr 2004)
  75. Is it common for people with pre-diabetes to have hypoglycemia as well? (30 Apr 2004)
  76. I manage my diabetes with diet and exercise, yet my blood sugar drops to 70 mg/dl [3.9 mmol/L] or lower each night. What can I do to prevent this? (28 Apr 2004)
  77. My husband, age 44, has impaired glucose tolerance or borderline diabetes. What test can he have to check the status of his beta cells? (21 Apr 2004)
  78. I had some blood glucose testing done. My doctor wants me on Glucophage. Do I have diabetes? Should I take drugs or try diet and exercise? (10 Apr 2004)
  79. My father, who has type 2, fell and injured his foot. The swelling has continued beyond the two weeks the doctor said it would last. Is this normal? (9 Apr 2004)
  80. My mother-in-law is very careless about her diabetes care. I've even found her used syringes on the floor. What do I do to help her? (29 Mar 2004)
  81. At the end of the day, my husband, who has type 2, has achy feet, feels dizzy, and has vision problems. Are these side effects of his glipizide? (28 Mar 2004)
  82. I was on metformin and two daily injections of insulin. My new doctor wants to stop the metformin and increase my insulin. What do you think? (26 Mar 2004)
  83. I have borderline diabetes. Is it reversible if obesity is the cause of it? Other than blood sugars, what tests should my doctor do? (25 Mar 2004)
  84. What does it mean if your post-fasting blood sugar is lower? Does this mean diabetes? Can any damage be reversed with diet and exercise? (25 Mar 2004)
  85. Why are my fasting blood sugars elevated? Will this cause complications? Are my periods irregular because of my diabetes or my medications? (25 Mar 2004)
  86. I have good control, but am always tired. Is it related to diabetes? Metformin is not lowering my fasting blood sugars. Is insulin my only option? (24 Mar 2004)
  87. At his recent death, my father's blood sugar was extremely high. Could he have been poisoned or is there another possible explanation? (22 Mar 2004)
  88. Is there a genetic link between diabetes and Native Americans? My dad, type 2, has several heath problems. What does he need to do? (22 Mar 2004)
  89. Can I stop taking Glucophage after four months of using it? I feel I can control my blood sugar with diet and exercise. (20 Mar 2004)
  90. My husband suffers from several illnesses, including type 2 diabetes. What is a low protein, low phosphorous, low potassium bedtime snack? (20 Mar 2004)
  91. I recently received test results, including a fasting blood glucose of 128 mg/dl [7.1 mmol/L] and an A1c of 6.5. Does this mean I have diabetes? (19 Mar 2004)
  92. Is Acarbose taken before, with, or after meals? (18 Mar 2004)
  93. Should people with type 2 diabetes have orange juice as part of their meal, no matter what their blood sugar is? I was taught to use it for lows. (9 Mar 2004)
  94. I have type 2 diabetes. My daytime blood sugars are slightly elevated first thing in the morning. What do you suggest? (9 Mar 2004)
  95. I control my diabetes with diet and exercise. Can I run a half marathon without any adverse effects? Can I use carbohydrate gels during the run? (7 Mar 2004)
  96. Is it beneficial to take bilberry berry extract along with other diabetes medications (5 Mar 2004)
  97. My stepfather was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. His doctor put him on Glucophage, Zocor, and Benicar. Could he forego the Zocor? (5 Mar 2004)
  98. I am currently taking Glucophage, Amaryl and Avandia. Would I have lower blood sugars if I used Actos or Prandin? I don't want to take insulin. (4 Mar 2004)
  99. I've have type 2 diabetes for three years and have a 6.6 A1c. I recently had a miscarriage. Can I try to get pregnant again? (4 Mar 2004)
  100. Is a finger prick test sufficient for diagnosis of diabetes? Is diabetes the same as insulin resistance? Which do I have? (3 Mar 2004)
  101. Can a person with type 2 diabetes take weight loss pills? How about Natronex 3? (2 Mar 2004)
  102. I have nausea and light-headedness if I don't eat for six hours or more. Might I have mild hypoglycemia? Could this be a precursor for diabetes? (27 Feb 2004)
  103. Can you assure my friend that good blood sugar control may prevent him from developing impotence? (27 Feb 2004)
  104. Does cinnamon help with insulin resistance in people with type 2 diabetes? What form of it should one take? How much of it and how often? (27 Feb 2004)
  105. For children with type 2 diabetes, what type of diet is appropriate? Can they participate in sports? (24 Feb 2004)
  106. If a person has a high C-peptide level, which they are able to lower, would they lose weight? Would this person be in danger of ketoacidosis. (24 Feb 2004)
  107. My waking blood sugar was higher than it had been when I'd tested two hours earlier. I hadn't eaten. Why did my blood sugar rise? (24 Feb 2004)
  108. Is it normal that a non-diabetic person's blood glucose levels go up past the normal range when they eat a high carbohydrate meal? (23 Feb 2004)
  109. I have tested my blood sugars with and without the prescribed medication and suspect I was misdiagnosed. Should I seek a second opinion? (21 Feb 2004)
  110. Could my cessation of smoking have caused my illness? Can I reverse or adjust my diabetes by smoking again? (21 Feb 2004)
  111. How common is PCOS in people with autoimmune diabetes? What does it mean that I was symptomatic for so long and never went into DKA? (20 Feb 2004)
  112. My sister's internist gave her no material about her type 2 diabetes. Do I have reason to be concerned, or should I just not say anything more to her? (12 Feb 2004)
  113. If a person had a high C peptide level of 6.1, would they be overweight? And if their C peptide level then fell to 0.9, would they lose weight? (11 Feb 2004)
  114. Should I take insulin instead of oral medications to achieve good control? (9 Feb 2004)
  115. The doc opted to increase Metformin to 850 TID. In light of increased microalbumin was this the best move? (6 Feb 2004)
  116. When I am working, usually about 12-2 pm, I go 'semi-unconscious'. (5 Feb 2004)
  117. My evening readings vary from 85 to 125 [4.7-6.9 mmol/L]. Morning readings are 185 to 230 mg/dl [10.3-12.8 mmol/L]. (3 Feb 2004)
  118. I am taking Amaryl 3 mg once a day and glucophage 1 gm twice a day. My glucose in blood always over 200. What should I do? (31 Jan 2004)
  119. How do they know that type 2 diabetes is not just the over production of glycogen by the liver? (30 Jan 2004)
  120. My dad had been watching his diet very closely, but he cannot get his levels down. He is 450 every mooring. (29 Jan 2004)
  121. I was adopted and just found birth family. I was told by my birth father that my grandparents have diabetes and heart disease. Am I at risk? (28 Jan 2004)
  122. My relative has type 2 diabetes. She has some worrying symptoms. Are these normal signs of diabetes? (23 Jan 2004)
  123. My new doctor wants me to stop taking the metformin and increase my insulin. What is your advice? (21 Jan 2004)
  124. My husband has type 2 diabetes and has problems with his legs. Is the heat from the blanket harmful to him? (4 Jan 2004)
  125. Recently my blood sugar level has been running 16.0-17.5 mmol/L [288-315 mg/dl]. What dietary information you could provide to aid in lowering this level? (1 Jan 2004)
  126. Is there a danger in taking Humalog 75/25, 15 units, and Actos 15 mg? (1 Jan 2004)

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