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Dr. Balaji Venkatachalam

MBBS, Post Graduate Diploma in Diabetology (PGDD)

Endocrinologist, Chennai

16 Years Experience  ·  1000 at clinic
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Dr. Balaji Venkatachalam MBBS, Post Graduate Diploma in Diabetology (PGDD) Endocrinologist, Chennai
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Dr. Balaji Venkatachalam is a renowned Endocrinologist in Teynampet, Chennai. Doctor has been a practicing Endocrinologist for 16 years. Doctor has completed MBBS, Post Graduate Diploma in Diabetology (PGDD) . You can visit him/her at Apollo Speciality Cancer Hospital in Teynampet, Chennai. Book an appointment online with Dr. Balaji Venkatachalam and consult privately on Lybrate.com.

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Education
MBBS - The Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University (TNMGRMU), Chennai - 2001
Post Graduate Diploma in Diabetology (PGDD) - The Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University (TNMGRMU), Chennai - 2005
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Indian Medical Association (IMA)

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Sir/mam I am suffering with thyroid and bp main 4-5 month month se tablets le rhe hu mera bp to ab control me hai but mera thyroid (tsh) 4 month phele 9.3 ml tha or ab 13. 2 ml ho gya hai main thyrox 25 tablets le rhe hu but mera thyroid theek nhi hua balke bad gya hai. Mujhe kya karna chahiye ke mera thyroid jalde se jalde theek ho jaye.

DM - Endocrinology, MD Medicine
Endocrinologist, Faridabad
First see that you are regular with medication and was taking it empty stomach keeping 45 minutes gap between thyroxine and breakfast. If everything was correct even then Tsh increased on thyroxine 25 ug, then increase dose to 50 ug daily especially if married and planning pregnancy.
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Am 26 years female, 5 days ago got first abortion. Doctor suggested to have thyroid test and torch test. Thyroid test 4.19 and torch test shows normal expect one cvm igg 288.36 is it normal what's the normal range and what's the reason for high igg. Is the reason for my abortion and what's the medication I should undergo.

MBBS, MD - Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Advanced Infertility
Gynaecologist, Mumbai
Am 26 years female, 5 days ago got first abortion. Doctor suggested to have thyroid test and torch test. Thyroid test...
By abortion do you mean miscarriage?Your TSH level is high and IG g high is a sign of past infection so you need not worry about that .You need to take thyroxine supplements TSH levels have to be maintained at or below 3.5 for conception.Better you take a gap of 3 months to conceive again.
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Hi I ve varicocele in both testes Grade 1 in right and grade to in left. Its decreasing my serum T level If I go for microsurgical treatment then it will solve my low T problem My serum T is 3.4 its base line Diabetic from last 8 years and taking 1 gram metformin daily. Hba1c 5.4 I ve diagnosed 2years ago and continuously effecting on my health.

MBBS
General Physician,
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I ve varicocele in both testes
Grade 1 in right and grade to in left.
Its decreasing my serum T level
If I go for ...
whatever investigations you have done it is all within the normal range .hence you can go for surgical intervention if required. but I have one sought is it verecocele of scrota OK sac or hydrocele or testes.however you consult a surgeon. for assessment and further management.

Sir/ mam, my mom is a sugar patient. Now her sugar is 250. Plzz suggest sugar control diet food for her. Plzz. Control me kaise sugar ko keya jaye. Plzz. Thank you doctor.

MBBS
General Physician, Cuttack
Sir/ mam, my mom is a sugar patient. Now her sugar is 250. Plzz suggest sugar control diet food for her. Plzz. Contro...
1.Do regular aerobic exercise for 1 hour daily (brisk walking, 2.Reduce weight if overweight 3Control diet a) Avoid sweets, sugar/honey, milk, milk product excess calorie and carbohydrate rich diet like white bread, cereal, rice, pasta b) avoid all refined food like maida, pasta, starchy food like rice, potato, bakery item, processed food, c) include more fiber like pulse, green leafy vegetable, cucumber, carrot, tomato, j legume. D) Avoid sweetened fruit like banana, mango,litchi, chickoo, sapota, seethaphal jack fruit, grape etc. Can have fruits like guava, pineapple, papaya, orange, mousambi, strawberry, watermelon, pomegranate, jack fruit, sweet potato, a handful of walnut daily (Akhrot) e) Avoid white/polished rice, take unpolished rice like brown rice/wheat/Jowar/Ragi, moong and chana Dal. F) Avoid ghee/ butter./coconut oil/excess salt intake like papad/pickle. G) Avoid red meat. Take fish/chicken. H) Avoid alcohol and carbonated drinks like soft drink 4.Adhere to a strict diabetic diet by consulting Dietitian 5.Monitor your fasting, PP blood sugar 3 monthly and HbA1c six monthly 6.Consult diabetologist/Endocrinologist for advice and treatment.
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I am 51 years old maie person .I had checked my blood sugar which found fast 128, post meal 163. My Hb1c is 7.please advise.

MBBS, CCEBDM, Diploma in Diabetology
Endocrinologist, Hubli-Dharwad
I am 51 years old maie person .I had checked my blood sugar which found fast 128, post meal 163. My Hb1c is 7.please ...
Mr. Lybrate-user, looking at reported blood glucose levels fasting and hba1c% both show presence of diabetes, where as pp shows pre-diabetes state. Following are the criteria for diagnosis. 1) normal: fbs 70 to 110 mg, pp <140 mg/ 100 ml, hba1c <5.9 2) pre - diabetes: fbs 108 to 125 mg, pp 141 to 199 mg / 100 ml hba1c% 5.9 to 6.4. 3) diabetes: fbs 126 mg and above, pp 200 mg and above, hba1c% 6.5 and above. From above it is clear to you about the diagnostic criteria. To confirm whether you have diabetes or not, get a oral glucose tolerance test done, which considered as gold standard for diagnosis. Thanks.
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I am diabetic and my doctor prescribed istamet 500 tablet daily one. Is there any side effects if I take this tablet for a long time?

M B B S, M. D (Internal Medicine)
General Physician, Nellore
Till now, there is no known deleterious effect of long term intake of sitagliptin. Metformin has been used for decades by billions of people without any long term deleterious effects. These are the two medicines in your tablet.
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Sexual And Urological Problems Of Diabetes

MD
Sexologist, Srinagar
Sexual And Urological Problems Of Diabetes

Diabetes affects you with sexual and urological complications. Individuals with controlled diabetes are less susceptible to these sexual and urologic problems.

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I am 67yrs diabetic for the last 12 years, under medication for 10 years, unable to control sugar within limits. Please advice.

PDDM, MHA, MBBS
General Physician, Nashik
Probably you are not receiving the right therapy. Consult privately for proper management. Dr surbhi agrawal consultant physician and diabetologist
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I have a thyroid problem from 12 now I am fine but I am taking daily a tablet of 25mg and now a Days I am loosing hair frequently please give some solution to get rid of it.

MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy
Dermatologist, Visakhapatnam
I have a thyroid problem from 12 now I am fine but I am taking daily a tablet of 25mg and now a Days I am loosing hai...
It's because of thyroid problem and lack of sufficient iron in the body Is ur thyroid hormone levels normal What is your serum ferritin levels

What is the treatment for Hypothyroid in Ayurveda? Are there effective medicines available for Hypothyroid in Ayurveda which can cure PERMANENTLY?

PG Diploma in Emergency Medicine Services (PGDEMS), Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), MD - Alternate Medicine
Ayurveda, Ghaziabad
What is the treatment for Hypothyroid in Ayurveda? Are there effective medicines available for Hypothyroid in Ayurved...
Herbal tea with ginger is beneficial for thyroid functioning. In fact, beverages including coffee, tea, carbonated drinks and alcohols should be avoided by patients afflicted with thyroid disorders. In its place herbal tea may be an alternative option...Application of watercress's paste on the enlarged neck is also an effective remedy....take punarnavadi mandoor and kanchnar guggul 1-1 tab twice a day...
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I have a yellow teeth what should I do for over come this problem? And my uncle was suffering from sugar. How to over come.

BDS
Dentist, Mumbai
I have a yellow teeth what should I do for over come this problem? And my uncle was suffering from sugar. How to over...
Lybrate-user you can get scaling done and after that go for bleaching this will help you to change the shade of your teeth.
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I am suffering from hypothyroidism for last 3 years. Got married November 2015. I am bothering about pregnancy. It's 8 months already passed and I am not getting pregnant. Please suggest some medicine or treatment. Is everything normal with me or I need to bother?

MBBS, MS - Obstetrics & Gynecology, Fellowship in Infertility (IVF Specialist)
Gynaecologist, Aurangabad
I am suffering from hypothyroidism for last 3 years. Got married November 2015. I am bothering about pregnancy. It's ...
Hi lybrate user, first you have to get evaluated to know cause why you are not getting pregnant. Please get following tests done. Tsh, thyroid antibodies, amh, prolactin levels. Blood sugar levels. Husband blood sugar levels, husband semen analysis.
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The usage of thyroid tablet daily morning on empty stomach is that necessary how long can I use?

MBBS, CCEBDM, Diploma in Diabetology
Endocrinologist, Hubli-Dharwad
The usage of thyroid tablet daily morning on empty stomach is that necessary how long can I use?
lybrate-user, Thanks for the query. Treatment for hypothyroidism is for lifetime. The recommended dose needs to be taken on empty stomach as it's absorption is affected if taken after some thing. Plus after taking the tablet nothing should be taken for at least 1 to 1 and half hour. Thanks.
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Diabetes - 4 Types Of Insulin Available!

MBBS, M.MED, DFM, FID, CCEBDM, ACMDC, CCMTD
Diabetologist, Hyderabad
Diabetes - 4 Types Of Insulin Available!

What is insulin therapy?
Insulin is a hormone that is responsible for keeping the level of sugar in the blood under control. It is the primary therapy used for the treatment of any type of diabetes. The dependence on insulin depends on the balance between the actual production of insulin in the body and the resistance of the body cells to the insulin produced. People, who suffer from diabetes type 1, need insulin injections lifelong. The requirement for insulin therapy in people suffering from type 2 diabetes solely depends upon the declining function of the beta-cells over time.

What are the types of insulin available in the market?
The various types of insulin available in the market are:

  1. Rapid acting insulin: The onset of action in this type of insulin is rapid and it lasts for a short duration, about two hours.
  2. Short acting or regular insulin: The onset of action is moderate, and it starts acting within half an hour, and the duration of action ranges from 3 to 6 hours.
  3. Intermediate acting insulin: It takes about 2 to 4 hours for the onset of action of this type of insulin and the effect can remain for about 18 hours.
  4. Long acting insulin:  The duration of action of this type of insulin can last up to about an entire day.

How is it taken?
Insulin injections can be self-injected using a syringe, a needle, a cartridge system, or a pre-filled pen system. Devices for inhaling insulin, quick-acting insulin and insulin pumps are also available at medical stores and pharmacies. Insulin is injected subcutaneously, into your muscles. Try to ensure that you inject around the same area every time, but choose a different spot to ensure less scarring. The best areas to inject insulin are thighs, buttocks, arms and belly. If you take regular insulin, it is advised to take it half an hour before a meal.

What are the possible side effects?

  1. Low blood sugar level
  2. Scars and lumps from extensive usage of insulin injection
  3. Rashes can be found in the area the insulin is injected or sometimes, all over the body
  4. Weight gain when you start using insulin initially

If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can ask a free question.

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I have suffering to drugs addition since 20 days likes post and other dangerous likes that brown sugar now I want to leave this habit I have suffering from diabetes melitus so plg ask me what can I do which medicine I take.

BASM, MD, MS (Counseling & Psychotherapy), MSc - Psychology, Certificate in Clinical psychology of children and Young People, Certificate in Psychological First Aid, Certificate in Positive Psychology
Psychologist, Palakkad
I have suffering to drugs addition since 20 days likes post and other dangerous likes that brown sugar now I want to ...
Dear lybrate-user, Welcome to Lybrate. Drug addiction also comes under abuse and addiction. If you’re ready to stop the substance and willing to get the support you need, you can recover from addiction and abuse —no matter how bad the addiction or how powerless you feel. The first step in treating addiction is accepting that you have a problem. Confronting an addiction and accepting responsibility for your actions isn’t easy. But it’s a necessary step on the road to treatment and recovery. You should then consult a psychiatrist / psychologist who fill follow this treatment. 1. Detoxification using medicines. 2. Behavior modification with the help of therapies. 3. Counseling. 4. Medication to sustain and 5. Long term support. These given steps are essential for any addict to get effectively rid of addiction. Therefore, you need to stick to the treatment plan. Take care.
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I am 37 yrs old lady. My tsh level is 18. 5. Im take 100mcgm of eltroxin every morning. My weight is 95 kgs. What should I do?

PDDM, MHA, MBBS
General Physician, Nashik
Please mention your t3 and t4 levels also and revert back to me for dose adjustment, diet chart and further assistance. Dr surbhi agrawal consultant physician and diabetologist
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My wife is suffering from pain in sole in legs, checked uric acid level found ok, is any natural exercise or medicine to support.

Orthopedist, Solapur
My wife is suffering from pain in sole in legs, checked uric acid level found ok, is any natural exercise or medicine...
She is most probably having condition named plantar fascitis. Treatment involves footwear with soft soles or silicon soles (can get them at any surgical store) along with combination of diclofenac with seratiopeptidase for 10 days twice daily after food.
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What would be the best way to strictly control diabetes and what food should be followed for the diet? please advise.

AUTLS, CCEDM, MD - Internal Medicine, MBBS
General Physician, Faridabad
What would  be the best way to strictly control diabetes and what food should be followed for the diet? please advise.
Following are the tips to prevent onset/or control diabetes 1-Losing Extra Weight:-is the most significant thing which can make a big difference to your health . It helps lower your blood pressure and cholesterol too. waist of more than 80 cm in women & 90 cm in man are at risk 2- Constant and regular food timings :- it will improve your metabolic activity and helps reducing your weight. 3- Split your meals and eating in moderate amount:-Splitting your meals into 3-4 times per day (including snacks)and eating in fair amount, improves your metabolic rate as the food u take is not concentrated at one time. 4- No long Gaps and skipping of meals:-Never miss out breakfast. 5- No overeating:-Never eat in a bulk on one time Remember to eat your food slowly, chew well. 6- Proper Exercise and work outs:-Exercise is a fast way to trim down calories, extra weight and controlling glucose level. Brisk walking for 30 min. atleast five times a week is the best . You can also try Cycling, swimming, dancing. Timings for exercise should be fixed and regular.Do not eat right away after a workout . 7-constant and regular timings for medication 8-Avoid fried foods ,meat,fats and sweets.  9- Take high-fibre and complex carbohydrates:-like oats .Add whole grain foods in your diet. Avoid white bread, pasta, pizza , candies, and snacks .Instead include high-fiber carbohydrates like wheat bran, flaxseed and methi seeds to your wheat flour. This will increase fibre in your diet. 10-Drink enough fluids:-Keep your body well hydrated.  11.Fresh vegetables and fruits:- these contain a lot of minerals as well as nutrients .Include sprouts in the diet as they are easily digestible
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Sir, I am suffering from thyroid hypothyroidism for 8 years taking thyronorm 150 mg but now I have problem in my both legs and joint. I use tablet dexona and cetrizine as I have some problem of asthma and itching since 8 years. I also have high BP taking AGENAL AT 1 daily .I also feel problem in nerves. TSH level also increased sussagest some medicines. Thanks.

MBBS, CCEBDM, Diploma in Diabetology
Endocrinologist, Hubli-Dharwad
Sir, I am suffering from thyroid hypothyroidism for 8 years taking thyronorm 150 mg but now I have problem in my both...
lybrate-user, Thanks for the query. When on treatment with thyroxine tablets taking adequate dose, TSH should be maintained between 3 to 4 mU/L, then only all the symptoms are in check. High TSH level means hypothyroidism is not in control. Secondly if you are on Dexona (for what reason is not clear), that can also upset the control. For asthma there are inhalers which offer better relief. Joint and muscle pains can be due to uncontrolled hypothyroidism. Plus your weight also is much higher with a BMI of 29.16 kgs showing obesity. This could be due to uncontrolled hypothyroidism. You have not mentioned the BP readings. From the info given it looks like a re - look has to be given to the total treatment, diet, exercise and various medications being taken. Thanks.
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