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 Why do some injections with the same type of needle hurt and others do not?
Basically, as a diabetic, I inject insulin daily. I use a 31 gage needle which is only 5/8th of an inch long. Why do they sting sometimes and other times there is no feeling at all?...

 About diabetes and drinking alcohol?
Hello. I am a diabetic taking glucophage twice a day. Now, my prescription bottles always have the warning, "do not take or avoid taking with alcohol." NOW, there are all these new ...

 Is high blood sugar of different substance in the body than table sugar?
If so, what is it made of?...

 What is the highest "acceptable" blood sugar peak?
After you eat a meal, how high should your blood sugar go? Even if it returns to "normal" levels within 2 hours, what is the highest peak that is OK? Is anything OK as long as it returns ...

 I need a list of diabetic foods?

 Is the blood sugar level in a non-diabetic person normal at all times of the day ?

 How did i get diabetes?
ok so i ve had type 1 diabetes for about 3 years know and im 16 and i got it in the 7th grade and my whole life ive been really healthy didnt drink regular soda or eat candy. and then i started to ...

 Tell me if you had diabites(lets say you have diabetes), what u can do 2 prevent it from happening 2 u.?
just tell me what you would do if you had diabetes as a kid
Additional Details
mkae it pretty detailed and give lots of ...

 Is it possible to get diabetes when I'm normal weight and young?
Well, I'm just having some suspicions. I am trying my best to eat as healthy as possible but often I can't because of my eating disorder. I'm exercise bulimic. I binge on sweets, then ...

 Diabetic in look of help?
i am a diabetic and currenyly taking lantus and humolog and i dont like it i used to take NPH and that was worse any suggestions also would you recommend an insulin ...

 What are the best cold cereals for a person with diabetes's to eat?

 My legs are burning sometimes. I am a diabetic patient. I am suffering from diabetic for past 7 years.?
My age is 35. I even consulted a heart doctor. My heart functions quiet normal. But my legs are burning for past one month. I am very much afraid. Please give me remedy. I have two sons at the ...

 Im a diabetic, and i was wondering if this ia an ok blood sugar for me?
my blood sugar is 85, and i have a headache...is my blood sugar too low?...

 What should a nine year old boys blood sugar level be?

 Can anyone make a concept map out of this?
John Rocke is a 45 yr old divorced man with no children. He has a history of diabetes mellitus and poor control of blood glucose levels. Mr. Rocke is unemployed and currently receives unemployment ...

 Diabetes question?
when you Drink alcohol do you loose weight I have notice two close family members who have Diabetes that were once over weight and now are very skinny what could be causing this?...

 What are the diffrences between type1 and type2 diabetes?!?

 Very urgent question about Type 1 Diabetes?
My boyfriend has Type 1 Diabetes and he's having his first diabetic reaction that I've ever seen. I gave him sugar, but I'm afraid that he can overdose on sugar because I don't ...

 How do you bring down high blood sugar levels fast?
I checked it afore breakfast and it was 246. Two hours after I ate it was 326. I am thristy all the time and have to go to the bathroom all the time.

I would like to know if there is ...

 What do they do to test for diabetes, and should I be tested?
My mother and grandfather have diabetes (not the kind where you take insulin). I don't think I have it, but I'm not sure.

I tend to get really sick if I go without eating for a ...

Could diabetes be detected through a urine sample?

Yes, diabetes can be detected through the urine sample. In fact in the far past the urine was tasted if if sweet diabetes (sounds disgusting but urine is sterile).

It is a poor control tool as it is back looking 12 hr or so so of no use for insulin dosages that can be done with blood testing that is instant.

I don't even know if urine testing strips are even available today, I know they were 30 years ago. This is another example of how technology is making medical treatment and chronic disease management more effective though more expensive.

Yes, and then they would do blood work, because it's more accurate and reliable

da d
Absolutely. That is the way that they used to do the screening testing. Blood is better in a number of ways.

Danny !~
If you look at the definition of diabetes, u'll know the sample u need is blood, not urine. (i.e. The diagnosis of diabetes is made through Fasting plasma glucose level, or Oral glucose tolerance test, not anything else i.e. with this definition urine is not helpful in diagnosing diabetes.)

It's however true that diabetic subjects may have high urine glucose level if the condition is not well controlled. Kidney is able to fully reabsorb all the filtered load of glucose if blood glucose is lower than the threshold of around 10mmol/L. Note this threshold is subject to individual variation. :p

Yes. Actually, that's the old way of testing. Dr's used to test the urine for amounts of sugar. This usually indicated diabetes.

Now, Dr's use a blood test instead.

bronte heights
It is not only the sugar in the urine but excess protein that may indicate diabetes. This , or a routine blood test are often the first indications of the disease.


An increase in sugar can be measured in your urine. However, that doesn't necessarily mean that your blood sugar is high enough to be considered diabetes. Blood tests are the best way to determine this disease.

Yes, but only chronically untreated diabetes type 2 would be detectable that way. Type 1 diabetes would always be detectable through urine.

The best and most accurate way to detect diabetes is through blood testing. Two common tests are fasting blood glucose levels, and the glycated hemoglobin (A1c, Hb1c , HbA1c, or HgA1c) test (this measures how often and for how long blood sugars are elevated.

More accurate, but more expensive, tests that may not be covered by insurance include a glucose tolerance test (they test your blood sugar, then give you a glucose challenge (a sugar pill), then test your glucose after an hour or so, and then test it an hour or so after that. This shows how quickly your body reacts to a glucose challenge and normalizes the blood sugar levels. Another suggested, perhaps even more accurate, test, is a combined glucose-insulin challenge, where, under doctor supervision, a glucose challenge is administered, and then insulin. Blood glucose levels are administered and this test best determines how resistant to insulin your body is. Insulin resistance is the hallmark and cause of diabetes type 2. Which in many cases can go untreated for years until serious complications from chronic and constantly elevated blood sugar levels destroying your body's tissues are noticed.

Sunday's Best

Yes, but the test is hardly used any more. The test required the person to urinate on a stick like contraption.

It can give amount of glucose in urine but it is not as accurate as the blood finger stick checks.

It also measures amount of ketones in the urine. A higher than normal amount would indicate a possibility of having Diabetes.

Ketones are byproducts of rapid or excessive fatty acid breakdown. In diabetes because sugar carbs are not being used as fuel the body would use an excess amount of fat and muscles, it starts feeding on itself. Lets say you go an a Carbohydrate free diet your ketones in the urine would increase.


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