Pertaining to the Illness: Diabetes First

By Latest Reply 2008-12-05 07:49:32 -0600
Started 2008-11-25 06:26:58 -0600

I need to know more about diabetes. What to do to keep the bs down. Do You ever get off the medication once you are on it. How important is it to keep your feet covered? What other complications can come from this illness? and What to look for? Can these illness be passed on to children, and if it can, how can you avoid it, if possible? There are so many truly important questions. I don't see anyone asking them anymore. Why are the morning numbers sometimes high, and sometimes low? Will they or should they be the same throughout the day? I don't know all the questions and certainly all the answers so it would help if people would start posting pertitent information. I don't even know if we should have a diabetes specialist or if there is such a thing; so far, our family doctors handle all this. What about cardiac problems and diabetes? Is there a connection there? We need new discussion topics to discuss these issues, because they are not being discussed. I really hate to complain, but we need to get back to the reason we are here. Even I got caught up in all the emotions of the site, but, that should be secondary; unless, like mood swings people have or some other problems are related to the illness. It is too confusing. I know people have mood swings and other relate problems, as do I, but lately I have been spending most of my time on this site trying to make people feel better, by answering the recent posts, and not enough information gathering. So please help me better to understand this disease, There are so many more questions and unanswered important related subjects. Lets go for Diabetes First.

10 replies

Goddess 2008-12-04 06:37:08 -0600 Report

You should talk to your doctor about some of your questions. We are just diabetics not doctors.

2008-12-04 19:24:18 -0600 Report

Well, I don't mean to show my stupidity but I always thought you could post about anything you need and get advice; and yes, there are some nurses as well as doctors on this website more recently. But more important, some people may have already gone through something you are questioning and have something to offer. Sorry I am being such an obvious; axx

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-12-04 20:54:45 -0600 Report

Most of the questions I bring up on this site, I have already taken to my MD. I come here to mainly see if someone has been through the situation I am enduring at that time and maybe can offer me some advice. I know we are all diabetic and I for one am not a MD, but if I went or called my MD for every queation I guess I wouldn't need this site. I thought this site was for diabetics to ask question to get others input. Maybe I'm wrong, let me know somebody…Debe

Goddess 2008-12-04 23:20:28 -0600 Report

Get off my back before I report you for your nasty remarks you have been making towards me for no reason lilmarm52 and as far as you go Debe you call yourself my friend I don't want friends who stab me in the back. I have had enough!!!!!!!!!!

2008-12-05 05:44:29 -0600 Report

That is enough, I have had it, Diane, as I am sure others' have, too. Can't you speak to people on a one to one email if you feel like this. You are forever giving negative posts and causing everyone else to follow suit. Makes the original posts worthless. Is that your intent. I have tried more times than I CAN count to be your friend, I have tried to send your personal emails to work things out. I am not hiding behind anonymous picture; I want you to know, if you can't stop this don't reply to discussion at all. It is not for John and Amy to play referee, that is not why they are here, either. It is to give us a site where we can come together and discuss our illness, and yes, make some friends. Not a priority, but always nice. But to make the best use out of this site that we can. without being nasty or mean. sincerly;Claudia
I will continue to answer, publicly the way I have, because you have hurt and embarassed enough people. So I will answer you in whatever way you post. If it is nice;check it out.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-12-05 07:07:00 -0600 Report

I am not stabbing you in the back. Why are you trying to start trouble with me. You said if we have questions to ask our MD's. I always take my questions to my MD. I come here to see what others have to offer to any of my questions, I thought this is what this site is for. Obvious I am wrong and I apologize. I for one do not want you to get hostile to me. I am to nice of a person to get the statement you just left me. I will let John know what you said and I will patiently bow out, but only because I don't need this stress and I must of got came to this site for the wrong reasons. I also will be watching the discussions but will not participate at this time. Thank you Goddess for being so friendly to me…Debe

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Sparrow - 16557 2008-12-04 01:03:08 -0600 Report

There are many complications that can arise from uncontrolled diabetes. That is why it is VERY important to stay on your medication and follow your doctor's advice.

Neuropathy is a "deadening" of the nerves in the extremities. Usually in the feet and legs, but can effect any of the extremities. It causes numbness, tingling, and pain. It also decreases the circulation of blood to the extremities.

Retinopathy is when out of control diabetes causes the small blood vessles in the eyes to rupture. It can eventually lead to total blindness.

Out of control blood sugars also effect ALL the major organs in the body, but usually hits the kdneys hardest, leading to kidney disease and ultimately kidney failure. This will require a person to be on dialysis or recieve a transplant or both.

Infections heal much slower when your diabetes is out of control. This has been known to lead to gangreen and eventually, amputation of the affected area.

If you are not seeing an endocrinologist or diabetologist for your diabetes, I would strongly recommend you do. They secialize in treating diabetes (the pancreas is a part of the endocrine system of the body).

Keeping your blood sugar under control helps to avert all the detrimental complications diabetes can cause.

2008-12-04 05:54:25 -0600 Report

I really did not know anything about the specialists, and how harmful this disease can be. I appreciate the input of your knowledge of this subject. It will not only help me, but a lot of others here as well. Thanks:->)Claudia

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-12-04 06:31:44 -0600 Report

I go to a branch of Joslin Diabetes Center in Pittsburgh. My endocrinolodist does specialize in Diabetes. At the office they also have endocrinolgist that specialize in kidney diease, etc. I feel I have been with a great group of MD's and never had any problems if I had questions. When I call their office, I always seem to be satified with the answer to give me and the reasoning behind them…Debe