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 How do you know if your diabetic?
What are the basic symptoms?...

 Can diabetics drink alcohol?
A friend of mine is turning 21 and I am going out with her for her 21st birthday. I know alcohol turns to sugar, so is there any safe way her to drink? I want her to have fun, but at the same time ...

 Does diabetes make you skinny? Where can I get it?
I'm trying to lose weight and I overheard a conversation where someone said diabetes will cause you to lose weight. Can I get it from Target or Walmart?
How much will it cost?...

 Should I seek a second opinion?
Recently I went to see my Dr because I had been suffering from quite a few of the symptoms of type 1 diabetes. Including extreme thirst, unexplained weight loss, extreme hunger, mood swings, frequent ...

 Diabetes Question for those that have it............Doctors inputs too.....?
I know I have diabetes, but I haven't experienced the full blast of it. I'm at work now and just a minute ago, I got the shakes, my heart was pounding and I got hot really quick. Is that ...

 How will you commemorate World Diabetes Day this Sunday, November 14, 2010?

 my 3 year olds fasting sugar was 328 is that normal?

 diet items means cancer true or false?
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 does anyone get cravings for alcohol?

 I need a good sugar substitute without using Aspertame?
Does anyone know a good sugar substitute for a diabetic who wants to get away from using Aspertame? I read a report on using Aspertame and it's side affects. I already have several of these ...

 My mom's boyfriend is,,,?
in the hospitol right now,and he has diabetes and his legs are BAD!,they are purple from the knees down (which I know is due to bad circulation also) but his leg is infected,I don't know much ...

 my sister in law is a diabetic...please help me with this!?
My sister is diabetic but she is not on a strict diet. She eats whatever she wants when she wants and just takes more insuline to make up for it. I dont feel that that is safe. What should I do, is ...

 Where can I throw away my used insulin needles?
I have about 300 used insulin needles that I don't know what to do with and I don't know where to throw them away at. I know I can't just throw them in a trash can, so I've ...

 hi, my doctot told my brother that he is experiencing the fist stages of diabetis....what does thathis mean???
does this mean that he has it or that he will get it soon?...

 i cant believe it omg thank you?
i used to have diabetes and i went to my appointment with the doctor and she said that i was cured can u believe that? i think it was god cause i pray all nights and finally he make the Miracle thank ...

 what does a blood sugar level of 27 mean?
i know its not good but wondered what the treatment ect will ...

 I have history of obesity in my family.?
i have history of obesity in my family...i am 28 years old with 118 kg weight...i have tried to reduce weight several times but nothing helped much...please help me out....

 muslim and diabetic wanting to fast - what advice should be given?

 If you have diabetes how much is alot of sugar?
for example is it safe for some one who has type 1 diabetes to drink something that is labeled in the back that says 16 g of sugar?

what are the numbers to stay away from?...

can insulin have anything to do with this?
my mother is 86 years old and have Diabetes,she's been on insulin for about 60 days.now tonight i took a look at her legs. and there are open sores on the leg, and people with diabetes are at special risk of developing problems, what can i do about the sores untill tomorrow? she dont care to go to the doctor, but i'm taking her anyway i don't think it's been on there for a long period of time but i'm not sure. can i put anything on it untill then?

It is not because of insulin... As we get older the blood circulation gets uneven in some parts of the body, so a wound takes time to heal. More sugar adds to the problem... If she is not in pain then all you need to do is keep it clean till you go to the doctor...


Don't put anything in to the wounds.
It is not from the insulin, but rather from her uncontrolled sugar, and the venous insufficiency.
You should cover the wounds lightly with a dressing that will not stick to them, something that is sterile, and then cover them with gauze.
Go to the drug store to find such sterile dressings, and wear gloves when applying.
Go to the doc.. it's a great thing to push her to go, you'll probably need a wound care specialist.

The important thing is to keep the sores clean, wash with warm water (NOT hot) and mild soap. Moisturize with lotion but don't over do it, it's important to keep the skin soft so the skin doesn't crack and the sore enlarges. Lightly cover with a breathable bandage to keep dirt and other infectious substances out of the wound.

Finally, see a doctor. Sores are serious, especially in diabetes patients.

Rinse them with normal saline and try to keep them clean and dry. Make sure to check with doctor tomorrow, the may prescribe bactroban. If your mother is unable to turn herself you may need to assist her to turn a few times through out the night to eliminate the pressure. If you can not find normal saline... most plain nasal drops are normal saline... just make sure there are no active ingredients that would irritate the skin. Normal saline is a water/salt mixture.

I would definitely get her to a doctor.. That is a must.. No the insulin didn't cause her sores I would not think. Just keep them cleaned and put light gauze over them. I use peroxide when I get an open sore, to keep it cleaned and then I put neosporin on it, or bacitracin.Leaving it open one night is not going to make a difference. But please get her to a doctor.. you are really a good person to be so concerned.. Bravo to you..

Doctor B
Insulin has nothing to do with it. But bring her to a doctor now.

Yes, dress them with gause and antibiotic ointment like Neosporin.
It's not the insulin that's doing it, it's the reduced circulation that causes wounds not to heal properly in diabetics.
My partner and everyone on her father's side of her family are all diabetics. We have a lot of practice in this.

Keep it dry and clean until you can get her to the doctor and she needs to get there ASAP.

If she doesn't go to the doctor and/or start taking care of herself, they will have to start chopping off toes and legs! It's the truth

sara bellum
She's lived a long life, put her out of her misery. We have enough old people breathing our air and using up all the social security.

wounds are very common in diabetics

the reason why is they develop peripheral vascular disease and have much reduced blood flow, especially to extremities. This is because of massive systemic atherosclerosis (calcification of blood vessels), which is progressive. The reduced blood flow makes extremities very prone to infections (hence the wounds), and if untreated, can result in gangrene and amputations.

Do not put anything on the wounds except for lightly wrapped sterile gauze, soaked in sterile saline (get it at the drug store), as they are very susceptible and need medically sterile dressings.
Go see a doctor very soon (like the next 48 hours), and treat them aggresively

it's not from the insulin, it's from the disease

dee a
My dad is a diabetic and he gets open sores all the time. My mom is a nurse so she knows how to treat them, she always has my dad soak his legs in a warm bath for a while until they are nice in clean then dry them thoroughly and he was prescribed a special antibiotic cream by his doctor that puts on them, have her keep her legs propped up and just make her take it easy until they are healed. Also if you have it or can easily run out and get it you can put a little iodine solution in her bath, my mom makes my dad do this when he sores are especially bad and it really helps...Good Luck!

Laura D
Don't put anything on the wounds. Check your phonebook and see if there is a number where you can call a nurse. Here where I live, there is a number we can call for "Ask a Nurse". The nurse may tell you to take her to the E.R.

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