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 isa hba1c blood level of 8.6 ok?

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child mole grow up,
and shawn c why are you even answering if you dont know what it is. its an idication of long term blood glucose ...

 As I was shopping today I became very dizzy, nausea,and had a faint feeling. Is this a sign of diabetes?
I have also gained unexplained weight, frequent urination, and always thirsty....

 My friend recommended this organic food to my husband saying that It can cure my husband's diabetes?
My friend recommended this organic food to my husband saying that It can cure my husband's diabetes . and we don't have to pay him if it doesn't work. But my hubby have to fast for 3 ...

 what happends if i dont get enough protien ?
i'm a vegetarian and i'm afriad i'm not getting enough protien or any of my daily needs. i've been feeling reallly weak , expectually in my ribs. and i'm excessively tired ...

 Does diabetes affect one's ability to drive well?

 i'm scared of needles?
is that ...

 Do I have diabetes???
I am 17, 5'6'' or 5'7'' and weigh about 190 lbs. My mom has this diabetes thing that pokes your finger, then it shows your blood sugar. The doctor gave her to track her ...

 If you're 17 and haven't been diagnosed with Type I diabetes, you're pretty much in the clear, right?
Just wondering.
Don't you get diagnosed with Type I earlier on in life?
I know that you can get Type II when you're like 80, but doesn't juvenille diabetes mean it appears in ...

 Can diabetics be cured ?
If we regularly follow the guidence from the dr take medicenes as per dr instuctions withous miss and follow a perfect diet regime and do excercise will this (diabetic) be cured no issue if takes ...

 whats wrong with me? i'm 15 years old, and been constantly thirsty for about 2 weeks.?
i've had loads to drink, but it never seems to stop me being thirsty. my granda has diabetes is this a sign that i have?
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ADD: it's just water i mainly drink ...

 My Mum Is Refusing To Inject Herself With Insulin, What Should I Do?
She has to take alot of tablets in the morning and night not to mention injecting herself with insulin twice a day. She doesnt do any of them, she thinks that it is gods decision whether she dies or ...

 Is it true if you have diabetes you lose weight/bodymass?

 Who else has Diabetes? If so what Type?

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Type 1 since I was 11!

Never been over weight!

Very annoying!...

 I am fifty and have just been diagnosed with diabetes. I've attended diabetes class and it scared me. If I am
able to get my blood sugar down consistantly through a combination of medication, diet and excercise, will I have a normal life expectancy?...

 How can you tell if your diabetic?

 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 ...

 Im 5'7 285 lbs with diabetes in my family. i am already feeling some of the symptoms of it. what can i do?
every site i go to tells me to eat right or diet and exerise but what if i cant excercise and what is eating right

and how can eating right help when everything you eat rurns to gluclose ...

 ok does this sound like diabetes? i've been to the doc but havent got my results back yet and realy scared.
1)realy bad dizzy spells + bluryness
2) sickness
3) i get ill realy easily (i've been ill every holiday)
4) feel hungary all the time
5) feel tirsty all the time
6) need ...

 has any one else got type 2 diabetes & how do u manage your blood sugar levels ?
im having trouble maintaining mine and i think im doing everything right [diet medication etc ]
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thanks to all who took the trouble to reply . i got some wonderful feed-...

 do i have a sixth toe?
cause i want ed to kno cause idk if i do or ot come and tell me???:)...

can you take insulin and still keep working?
my dad was diagnosed with diabetes several years ago and was doing ok for awhile, now the doctor tells him he needs to quit working and talk to a lawyer to get started on disability because he has to start taking insulin. i thought that you could take insulin and keep working. why would he have to quit working?

Blue Haired Old Lady
He should keep working. He should also lose weight and exercise - it might reverse his diabetes. There is no reason for him to quit work and claim disability, unless he is lazy or has other medical conditions. Tell him to get up off his butt and start walking - he could cure his diabetes with exercise.

diamond girl UK
thats a ridiculous suggestion. I have a blood transfusion, in hospital, every 6 weeks, and i still go to work. Why would the doctor even suggest this. insulin is injected a few times a day at home isnt it? i cant see how this would make him suitable to claim for disability anyway. Get a second opinion.

Deep Stuff
I don't know. I know a number of people with diabetes who have to inject diabetes and they're fine.

IM RICH *****
my co worker is a bartender and he works and takes insulin... i dont know the law very well but the boss cannot tell him to quit because he has a medical issue.. Tell your dad not to quit because his boss told him to. If they boss felt like he was incapable of performing, then he would have gotten laid off. the reason he told him to quit is so they dont have any legal issues for them firing him over medical issues. talk to a lawyer

I don't know the reason for the doctor to quit work. i am taking insulin 20 units daily. i am 71 years and still active and working. you please take the opinion of endocrinologist. he will guide you correctly.

You can, my mom had diabetes and used to take insulin, she doesn't have to take it anymore, but my mom has been a teacher for over 25 years without a break. So he could, unless its something else along with the diabetes. You may wanna ask that...good luck to you and your dad.

you can take insulin and keep working my dad has taken insulin for his diabetes for over 30yrs and he's still working! and just b/c someone is diabetic doesn't mean they are over weight my dad is underweight and is diabetic

I'm not sure. Your right though. I cant think of a reason why. Diabetes can make you a bit more tired but if you take enough insulin and moniter your food (your dad will get told how to count carbs etc) you can lead a normal life- well that's what they told me!. Make sure either you or your da asks the doctor why. If he/she doesn't give you a proper reason then ask your dad what he wants to do.
Good luck!

there is no reason he would have to stop working due to beginning on insulin. are there any other factors involved? talk to the doctor again to make sure that your dad has all the facts. or else go to another doctor!!!!

oh, i see....
i would say that he could work as long as it does not interfere with his work requirements. but, i am not a medical doctor

My grandmother takes insulin for her diabetes. She's 57 and she's still working just as good as she did 20 years ago. Sounds like a scam.

if your working and take to much that could led to a coma, in a working enviroment they are rushed alot. taking to less insulin could resulting in heart faliure or passing out. if hes working with machinery, that could be even more deadly to him

Talk to another doctor. Diabetes is not work related which is the only cause I can dream a lawyer would be needed. I to insulin two year ago, I still work.

Get the doctor to explain this case.

Charles S
tell your dad to get a second opinion. that doesn't sound right.

There are certain professions that prohibit people on insulin from working. These include pilots, air traffic controllers, the military, truck drivers, and a variety of others where low blood sugar could result in loss of life for the person or people affected by their jobs. He might not have to go on disability, though. He should visit the local Department of Economic Security (unemployment office) to look into retraining programs to get him trained in another line of work where you can be insulin-dependent.

It seems like this is bad advice or maybe your dad misunderstood my brother is a diabetic on insulin and he still manages to work. Tell your dad to get a second opinion.

A diabetic can still work and take insulin. But that depends on what type of work they do and the state laws. In my state a insulin dependent diabetic can not get a CDL license, or if they become insulin dependent they lose their CDL license. It would also depend on any other health issues that he may have going on. As far as a comment posted on here that he can diet and exercise his lazy butt and he may reverse his diabetes, obviously PJ you are not a diabetic and even if you are then you need to do some research because I know plenty of people with diabetes that take insulin and plenty of them are in tip top shape and they will always take insulin and yes some of them are type 1 and others are type 2. Have a good day.

Jumby wants to be born now
it just depends on where you work. if you work somewhere where your blood sugar might screw up then you should but most places wouldnt cause that so you could just go on with your daily life.

Sara G
you can still work but it is hard because you can get lows and highs if you dont check your blood sugar once and a while. i had to quit my job because my boss wouldnt let me check my blood sugar every two hours. its all up to what he thinks is right and how he is managing his diabetes. it is a very rough road ive had it for 7 years now and i still hate every minute of it.

Gary B
You dad needs to see another doctor. This doctor needs to be an ENDOCRINOLOGIST.

Taking insulin does NOT automatically put you on disability. In fact, it will probably be a long and difficult fight to get disability based on insulin use alone. That's why the doctor recommended a lawyer -- and that means EXPENSIVE.

I'm a Type 2 Diabetic, and have been taking insulin for over 10 years. I have worked a full 40-hours week all during that time, AND occasionally worked part times jobs in addition.

Either your Dad is much more seriously ill than you know, or the doctor is way behind the times in his training. Being a diabetic and taking insulin is NOT necessarily a disability.

I don't understand that either. I know many, many people on insulin and they work full time jobs.

It may not just be because he has to take insulin. I know plenty of people who take insulin and still work. He should ask his doctor to tell him exactly why he should quit working, and if it is because he is taking insulin, then get the doctor to explain how that will affect his work.

I know a number of people with diabetes who need insulin and work a normal day just like any body else. My son has diabetes and I have met lots of people at Diabetes Walks and at diabetes support groups and online that take insulin and continue to work. So unless your dad has some kind of complications or really out of control blood sugar, he should be able to work if he wants to.

If your dad is a truck driver, or drives for a living he may have to give up that type of job. Also, a job like law enforcement or a fireman or something like that, he'd have to do some other work. Also, pilots may lose their pilot license. So, he may not have a choice depending on his line of work.

There are some jobs that you are legally unable to do if you are diabetic and taking insulin. This may be the case here.

PJ, there is no cure for diabetes. If exercise and keeping active could cure my type 1 diabetes, I would have never been diagnosed. Your logic is sadly flawed and it is because of ignorance like yours that people are so misinformed and uneducated.

To the question asker: I'm a nurse and work in a stressful, tumultuous environment. I can manage my type 1 diabetes with insulin perfectly well. Surely there are more factors into your dad's doctor wanting him to go on disability. If not, he shouldn't have to quit working. If I, and all the other insulin dependents on this board quit working just because we needed insulin, this world would be in a sorry state.

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