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Diabetes

Diabetes

Diabetes affects over 2 million people in the UK alone and many more worldwide. It has been a recognised condition for many thousands of years and was known as the ‘pissing evil’ in the 17th century, owing to the amount of sugar that was lost when urinating. It occurs when the body can’t utilise glucose (sugar) properly, either due to the lack of insulin in the body or the body not being able to utilise the insulin it has available. There are two types of diabetes, the most common is type 2 which affects 75% of UK sufferers and can normally be managed with dietary control, but the more serious is type 1 which usually involves needing regular insulin injections. The organ responsible for managing insulin is the pancreas, and type 1 diabetes is normally caused by its destruction or failure to function. For type 2 diabetes it is often a problem with the wider bodies sensors and receptors that fail to respond correctly to the production of insulin.

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My daughter is nearly 3 she has plus 4 glucose in her urine and also has a blood suger reading from 15 to 16.6 in the last 3 days she also has cystic fibrosis how high is the possibility that it's diabities and not just a bad few days





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I have currently under investigation for nerve damage for sciatica. And most days am in severe pain, I have to take a number of medications.. zapain, oramorph, pregabalin and at most painful days,diazepam. I am on the depo provara inj, but never have any cravings, mood swings I hate being on all these drugs, but wondered, I am craving sugar like no end, and am drinking fluids like there's no tomorrow. I'm bruising very easily, my hair seems to be falling out, a lot more noticeable than before, always tired and have lost nearly three stone in weight since June 15, I think this is simply because I cannot/scared to eat much because of severe constipation, I bleed and tear every time so stick with protein drinks, thinking this might help. My urine smells absolutely disgusting, very strong odour every time I go to the loo. I'm very concerned and scared of going to the loo, I use dulcolax, most days. Is this (especially with the sugar cravings) down to diabetics? I have no appetite or energy to speak of. Please could you advise? Getting abit to my wits end. Not sure if this is of the same but my mother passed away from pancreatic cancer last October, Many thanks x I'm 36 yrs old x





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My Daughter, age 34, has polycystic ovary syndrome, is overweight and does not exercise regularly. She also had a polycystic kidney removed some years ago. How at risk of diabetes is she and what tests should she ask her GP for?





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I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 5 years ago, I'm 32 with 4 kids aged 14, 12, 10 & 8 there embarrassed of me as Im losing my teeth through a lot of infections I've lost 7 teeth just in the front. I brush my teeth twice a day something 3 times but still get infections plus a lot of water infections is there anything I can do to stop all those infections





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I am 17 and wondering about diabetes and anaemia also. not been eating very well. I have put on weight from sugar snacks, and I have 6 coffees a day with 5 sugars each time. I also get random bruising on arms and legs and I am very very tired all of the time espashally if I have more sleep. Doesn't make sence really. I am also very cold all the time wearing jumpers and coats in the summer. I have also been suffering from stomouch pains, server pains that I have been rushed to hospital with but they didn't look into it as far as they could and the doctors keep telling me it will go. Please can anyone help me urgently on these things as I can't find no more help :( thank you





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i am 74 I have been typ 2 for 40 years I am on inc and metformin I am swetting terrible runs in my eyes ears my hair ringin you would think I had stepped out of the bath I have only to look for something consontrait on something and I am start swetting again please can you advise what to do I am Desperet thank yours





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I'm a diabetic and in the last month a dark brown discolouration (i am caucasian) has appeared on my labia, anus and nipples. A friend mentioned it is a natural symptom of diabetes. Is this true? And most importantly how do I get rid of it.. Its disgusting! and looks like smeared faeces. I have tried fresh lemons, bi-carb soda & vinegar, whitening toothpaste, scrubbing with toothbrush nothing has worked. Please help I feel filthy.





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My son drinks excessive amounts of water at least eight to ten pints a day and he urinates constantly dark smelly urine could this be diabetes





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im diabetic any idea's on how to clear runny/block noses this cold has been going for months





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Hi I'm 24 and I'm a type 2 diabetic. I had diabetes when I was 14 years of Age, since then I was on Metformin 100mg, 2010 I was on Januiva 100mg, and Metformin 500mg, in 2012 I was then on Metforman 1000mg, Januiva100mg, Asprin100mg, Insulin 4unit b.bed. And I also have a small Penis and Balls my penis is about 10cm small but when I masterbaite its about 15cm, and my balls is the same size as a small chocolate Easter Eggs. Dose my condition stop it from growing? Pleas give me advise by replying this comment. thank you





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