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 Can drinking too much soda pop over time help contribute to diabetes? ?
If someone drinks an abnormal amount of soda pop per day, say 3/4 of a 2 liter per day, can that help to onset diabetes if they eat otherwise pretty healthy?

Can drinking too much soda ...

 Is diabetic chocolate different?
Is diabetic chocolate any different from normal chocolate apart from having no suger....

 i have diabetis i'm 44 years old and have high blood sugar does any one know of any natural ways to lower it?
i have diabetis i'm 44 years old and have high blood sugar does any one know of any natural ways to lower it

i dont know what type but i DO NOT use innsulin but i do take these blue ...

 I like to hide foods in my belly button to snack on, is this normal?
My friend was disgusted when I told him, Im 23 and Im in university....

 i live with my boyfriend for 5 years and i am on his bank account ,i have type 2 diabetes, can i be evicted?
what are the the laws with ...

 Why do i get the shakes when i'm hungy and is it something i should be checking into..or what?

 can diabetics eat any food?
My sister's friend is coming over and she is diabetic, shes any staying for two night so I need 2 diabetic recipes for tea and dinner and she is also vegetarian. Thanks ...

 How can I make my son stop with insulin?
My son has got diabetes type 1. He doesn't work out and he loves eating sweets. He is not overweight at all but he should eat more healthy and grow some muscles. Is it possible to make him work ...

 before there was insulin how did they cure diabetes?
did people just die, or what other practices did they ...

 can diabetics drink beer?

 How dangerous is a bloodsugarlevel of over 600? ?

 I am so angry! Eating sugar does not cause diabetes!?
Sorry... I just have to vent.... How many of you deal with this??? I saw an ad today that said "A soda today can cause diabetes tomorrow". Come on. What about type 1 diabetes? Thanks a ...

 My blood sugar count has been high for 3 weeks now. No matter what I do, I can't get it below 320. Any ideas?
I am taking Metformin and Glucophag and it won't go down. Could I be changing the type of diabetes I have to insulen dependant? I just got diagnosed with this in December so it's all new to ...

please i need this ...

 How bad is sugary junk foods for a diabetic?
My father eats chocolate donuts, ice cream and all other sorts of sweets. He has an extremely high blood sugar level as it is. I have warned him about eating right but he ignores my pleas. Is his ...

 Poll: What is the most common reason for leg amputations?
Just lately I have noticed more and more poor, unfortunate folk walking around on crutches, with one leg missing. I read somewhere, that the most common cause for a leg needing to be amputated was ...

 i think I'm diabetic... I want everyone's opinion, what would YOU do? Diabetic or not.?
Ok so here's the thing...

I have a history of diabetes in my family, I'm a few stone overweight and I get shakey, irritable and sick when I don't eat which is usually cured ...

 Diabetes pt has a sugar reading of 619. How bad is this? Thanks, Barbi?

 Would you be in a relationship with a diabetic man?

 I'm diabetic.for past few weeks my sugars been going out of control.they were in control at first.help!!!?

What are the symptoms of diabetes?
I have cousins on my dad's side of the family and my mom says that it would be very easy to get diabetes because of that and I don't really eat very healthy even though I'm a vegetarian

Gary B
Diabetes canNOT be diagnosed from symptoms alone. The symptoms of diabetes are many, and they are the same as many other disease, even the same as puberty.

The ONLY way to tell if you have diabetes is through blood tests from the doctor. The doctor needs to do a test called A1C. Many doctors can do this test in their office with one drop of blood. other doctors need to take a blood sample and send it to a lab.

The tendency to be diabetic is inherited. Because of that, it is MUCH more important that you parents and grandparents have (or do not have) diabetes. Cousins -- its not so important.

In fact, ANYONE of any age can get diabetes. While the TENDENCY to get diabetes is inherited, the CAUSE of the disease is almost 100% poor lifestyle -- a bad diet and lack of exercise, causing you to be overweight.

Diabetes cannot be cured, but it can be PREVENTED. You prevent diabetes by eating a properly balanced diet (including animal products) and getting plenty of exercise (volleyball, soccer, swimming, riding a bike).

Eating too much sugar DOES NOT cause diabetes, but if you have diabetes eating ANY sugar will make it worse. if you are otherwise healthy, feel free to drink a milkshake -- but only one, not three or four a day!

Diabetes can be diagnosed ONLY by blood tests. See your doctor!

Brown eyes
gaining weight eating alot of sweet

Sleeping a lot and eating...

Scot B
they get really tired and sometimes faint their vision gets worse

Frequent urination
Excessive thirst
Extreme hunger
Unusual weight loss
Increased fatigue
Blurry vision


Frequent urination
Excessive thirst
Extreme hunger
Unusual weight loss
Increased fatigue
Blurry vision

staying thirsty a lot, or chewing on ice.

Tin S
Diabetes Type 1: Symtoms of type 2

In type 1, the pancreas stop producing insulin, due to autuimmune response or possibly viral attack on pancreas. In absence of insulin, body cells does not get glucose for producing ATP (Adenosin Triphosphate) units which results into primary symptom in the form of nausea and vomiting. In latter stage which leads to ketoacidosis in which body starts breaking down muscle tissue and fat for energy, there is consequently fast weight loss. Dehydration is also usually observed due to electrolyte disturbance. In advance stages even coma and death, are being witnessed.

Diabetes Type 2:

* Increased fatigue : Due to inefficiency of cell to metabolise glucose, reserve fat of body is metabolised to gain energy. When fat is broken down in the body, it uses more energy as compared to glucose, hence body goes in negative calorie effect, which results in fatigue.
* Polydipsia : As the concentration of glucose increases in the blood, brain receives signal for diluting it and in its counteraction we feel thirsty.
* Polyuria: Increase in urine production is the result seen when excess of glucose is present in body. Body tries to get rid of the extra sugar in the blood by excreting it through the urine. This can also lead to dehydration because excreting the sugar which carries a large amount of water out of the body along with it.
* Polyphegia : The hormone insulin is also responsible for stimulating hunger. In order to cope up with high sugar levels in blood, body produces insulin which leads to increased hunger.
* Weight flactuation : Factors like loss of water (polyuria), glucosuria , metabolism of body fat and protein may lead to loss of weight. Few cases may show weight gain due to increased appetite.
* Blurry vision : Hyperosmolar hyperglycemia nonketotic syndrome is the condition when body fluid is pulled out of tissues including lenses of eye, which affects the ability of lenses to focus resulting in blurry vision.
* Irritability : It is one of the sign of high blood sugar because of the inefficient supply of glucose to brain and other body organs, which makes us feel tired and uneasy.
* Infections : Certain signals from the body is given whenever there is fluctuation of blood sugar (due to suppression of immune system) by frequent infections of fungal or bacterial like skin infection or UTI (urinary tract infection).
* Poor wound healing : High blood sugar resists the flourishing of WBC, (white blood cell) which are responsible for body immune system. When these cells do not function accordingly, wound healing is not at good pace. Secondly, long standing diabetes leads to thickening of blood vessels which may affect proper circulation of blood in different body parts.

Weeing all the time, constantly thirsty, tired, dry mouth

Only Mama Knows
Some diabetes symptoms include:

Frequent urination
Excessive thirst
Extreme hunger
Unusual weight loss
Increased fatigue
Blurry vision

I included a link to the American Diabetes Association for you. Best wishes to you and your family. And your mom is right. Start to take care of yourself now.

Bitter B
Google 'symptoms of diabetes' to find the answer.

Xrili A
Depending on what kind your pee can smell sweet or you can smell sweet.

follow the link below and read up on it.

Becky K

fatigue, super thirsty, frequent urination

fatigue, thirst, sleep and lack of vision


* Frequent urination
* Excessive thirst
* Extreme hunger
* Unusual weight loss
* Increased fatigue
* Irritability
* Blurry vision

Jon E
Frequent urination
Excessive thirst
Extreme hunger
Unusual weight loss
Increased fatigue
Blurry vision

These are the symptoms of diabetes;

Frequent urination
Excessive thirst
Extreme hunger
Unusual weight loss
Increased fatigue
Blurry vision

lots of people i know have diabetes, the best thing to prevent it is to reduce amount of sugar or glucose intake.

Diabetes type 2

Type 2 diabetes is sometimes described as a ‘lifestyle disease’ because it is more common in people who do insufficient physical activity and are overweight or obese. It is strongly associated with high blood pressure, high cholesterol and an ‘apple’ body shape, where excess weight is carried around the waist.

In diabetes there is too much glucose, a type of sugar, in the blood. The two main types of diabetes are type 1 and type 2.

Type 2 diabetes is by far the most common form of diabetes. It affects 85 to 90 per cent of all people with diabetes. While it usually affects mature adults, younger people are also now being diagnosed in greater numbers as rates of overweight and obesity increase. Type 2 diabetes used to be called non-insulin dependent diabetes or mature onset diabetes.

The cause of type 1 diabetes is unknown, but research suggests it occurs when something in the environment such as a viral infection triggers the immune system to destroy the insulin-making cells in the pancreas. There is presently no preventative measure or cure for type 1 diabetes.

The causes of type 2 diabetes are known and in some cases it can be prevented. However there is no cure for type 2 diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes often has no symptoms. About half of those who have type 2 diabetes have not yet been diagnosed. Even if symptoms are present, they are often not recognised or are attributed to other reasons such as being busy or ‘getting older’.

In many cases blood glucose levels can be very high by the time symptoms are noticed and medical treatment is sought. Common symptoms include:

Being more thirsty than usual
Passing more urine
Feeling tired and lethargic
Slow-healing wounds
Itching and skin infections
Blurred vision
Mood swings.
Glucose metabolism explained
The body uses glucose as its main source of energy. Glucose comes from foods that contain carbohydrates such as potatoes, bread, pasta and rice, fruit and milk. After food is digested, the glucose is released and absorbed into the bloodstream.

The glucose in the bloodstream needs to move into body tissues so that cells can use it for energy. Excess glucose is also stored in the liver or converted to fat and stored in other body tissues.

Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas, which is a gland located just below the stomach. Insulin opens the doors (the glucose channels) that let glucose move from the blood into the body cells. This is part of a process known as glucose metabolism.

In diabetes, one of two things occurs.
The pancreas can’t make insulin (type 1 diabetes) or;
The cells don’t respond to the insulin properly (insulin resistance) and the pancreas produces inadequate insulin for the body’s increased needs (type 2 diabetes).

If the insulin can’t do its job, the glucose channels can’t open properly and glucose builds up in the blood. High blood glucose levels cause the health problems linked to diabetes, often referred to as complications.

Risk factors for type 2 diabetes
While there is no single cause of type 2 diabetes, there are well-known risk factors.

Those most at risk of developing type 2 diabetes include:
People with pre-diabetes.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 35 and over.
People aged 35 and over who are Pacific Islanders, from the Indian subcontinent or of Chinese origin.
People aged 45 and over who are obese or overweight, have high blood pressure or have a first-degree relative with type 2 diabetes.
People with cardiovascular disease such as heart attack, angina, stroke, or narrowed blood vessels.
Women with polycystic ovarian syndrome who are overweight.
Women who have had gestational diabetes.
People aged 55 or over.
Lifestyle factors that increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes include:
Being overweight or obese, especially around the waist.
Low levels of physical activity.
Unhealthy eating habits, such as regularly choosing high fat, high sugar, high salt or low fibre foods.
High blood pressure.
High blood cholesterol.
Cigarette smoking.
People at risk need to have a laboratory blood glucose test (not using a portable blood glucose meter) performed by their doctor to check if they have diabetes. This test is preferably done after fasting.

Pre-diabetes is a condition in which the blood glucose level is higher than normal but not high enough to be called diabetes. Pre-diabetic conditions include impaired fasting glucose and impaired glucose tolerance. It is important that people with these conditions reduce their risk of developing diabetes by increasing their physical activity and seeing a dietitian to develop a healthy eating plan and assist them to lose weight.

Gestational diabetes
Gestational diabetes is diabetes that occurs in, and is diagnosed during, pregnancy. It usually goes away after the baby is born, but the mother and child are at increased risk of typ

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