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Dear sir/madam I am now 24 th week pregnancy my known diabetic patient. Today my sugar levels fbs 124 and plbs 194. It is any problem for pregnancy mothers and fetus..

Dr. Prabhakar Laxman Jathar 95% (11270 ratings)
MBBS, CCEBDM, Diploma in Diabetology
Endocrinologist, Hubli-Dharwad
Dear sir/madam
I am now 24 th week pregnancy my known diabetic patient. Today my sugar levels fbs 124 and plbs 194.
I...
Hello, Thanks for the query. The blood glucose levels mentioned are high particularly considering you are in 24th week of pregnancy. It is essential to maintain blood glucose levels between 90 to 120 mg through the day in pregnancy. Hence, there is an immediate need to correct the situation, otherwise, it affects the fetal growth and even the pregnancy outcome. First thing is to try a medical nutrition therapy, which means taking correct amount of food, avoiding sweets, refined carbs, potatoes, bananas. Using whole grain flour for roti and chapati, avoiding maida totally. Consuming a good deal of green leafy vegetables and salads and selected fruits. It is good to talk to your obstetrician or consult a local diabetologist. If medical nutrition does not bring down the glucose level then Insulin is needed. Thanks.
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Can a diabetic person take 10 soaked almonds along with 3 walnuts and 3 kaju before going for 50 minutes walk.

Dr. Rajesh G Chaudhari 87% (189 ratings)
Ayurveda, Pune
Can a diabetic person take 10 soaked almonds along with 3 walnuts and 3 kaju before going for 50 minutes walk.
Hi Take 4 soaked almonds, 3 Walnut, on regular basis. But not kaju. Take it very occasionally. For further management consult online.
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7 Skin Conditions That Affect Diabetics!

Dr. H. R. Yogeesh 87% (19 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Dermatology
Dermatologist, Bangalore
7 Skin Conditions That Affect Diabetics!

7 Diabetes Related Skin Problems

Diabetes is a metabolic disorder, chiefly caused by insulin fluctuation in the body. A study shows that, 1 out of 3 people suffering from diabetes are likely to develop a skin condition sooner or later; and in some cases, these skin problems serve as symptoms of diabetes. Although these skin problems can be cured easily if treated early, proper care must be administered at all times. Here are 7 skin conditions that affect diabetics:

1. Bacterial infection

Although anyone can get a bacterial infection, people suffering from diabetes are likelier to contract them. Usual bacterial skin problems that tend to trouble diabetics are boils, lumps near the eyelids, nail infections and carbuncles. Diabetics are also prone to infections deep in the skin and of the underlying tissues. The affected area is usually warm, red and swollen.

2. Fungal infections

People who have diabetes have an increased risk of contracting the fungal infection, especially the one known as candida Albicans. The fungus tends to create a red, itchy rash, which is surrounded by blisters and scales. These are usually found in warm places of the body like the armpits, or between the fingers of the hand or perhaps even the toes. Common fungal infections in diabetic people include athlete's foot, jock itch and ringworm.

3. Tingling and itching

Among the many causes of itching, diabetes is one. Yeast infection, dry skin and poor circulation are the primary causes of itching among patients of diabetes. Usually, the lower part of the leg tends to itch the most, if poor circulation is to be blamed.

4. Skin problems related to neuropathy

Diabetes can be the cause of nerve damage in some cases; and neuropathy is a common symptom of diabetes. This type of damage can cause a loss of sensation in a part of the body. On event of an injury, one may not be able to feel it. As a result, an open sore or wound, if left unattended, can develop into an infection.

5. Digital sclerosis

Digital sclerosis, a condition marked by tight, waxy, thick skin that develops on the back of the hand, is common among people who have type 1 diabetes. In this condition, the joints of the fingers get stiff and, thus, lose their mobility and elasticity. Skin of the toes, forehead and knees may also get affected.

6) Xerosis

Xerosis is another common skin condition that accompanies diabetes. In this condition, the skin becomes very dry and itchy.

7) Acanthosis nigricans

Acanthosis nigricans is the condition where diabetics get darkening of skin leading to skin tags around neck and armpits.

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I underwent angioplasty of RCA with stent in 2002. Have hypertension n diabetes from 2000. Thyroid from 2009. All under control by medication walking n diet. Am 174 cms n weighing 79 lbs. Taking clopilet for 15 years. How long to continue it.

Dr. Sameer Mehrotra 88% (892 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Internal Medicine, DM - Cardiology, Cardiac Device Specialist (CCDS - Physician )
Cardiologist, Delhi
I underwent angioplasty of RCA with stent in 2002. Have hypertension n diabetes from 2000. Thyroid from 2009. All und...
After 1 yr of angioplasty one antiplatelet needs to continue for life to prevent any blockage from happening in the stent. Keep your sugar well controlled and continue to walk and eat well.
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Does diabetes cause headache as I feel dizzy and have dull headache. When I check blood sugar it is normal.

Dr. G.R. Agrawal 96% (17212 ratings)
DHMS (Hons.)
Homeopath, Patna
Does diabetes cause headache as I feel dizzy and have dull headache. When I check blood sugar it is normal.
Hello, usually, not. You might be suffering from gastric disorder to cause headache. Tk, plenty of water. Go for meditation. Your diet be easily digestible. Avoid junkfood, direct sweets, alcohol & nicotine. Tk, care.
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I am a Type 1 diabetics patient. Can I take supplement for muscle build For example: whey protein B4 diabetic my normal weight is 74 After that I admit in hospital for severe weight loss 61 kg Now I'm taking insulin Now my weight is 67 kg Am going Gym also Any suggestions?

Bsc Food & Nutrition, Msc Food & Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Delhi
I am a Type 1 diabetics patient.
Can I take supplement for muscle build
For example: whey protein B4 diabetic my norm...
Yes you can take protein supplements. However please be careful with your sugar readings before and after your exercise. I would suggest take medically approved proteins in your case like Abbott (Ensure, Danone (Protein X, British Biologicals (D Protin, Azzura. Do read the label to check the protein per scoop. You can take it as per your requirements.
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I tasted my blood at your lAB. THE SUGAR IS 240. I USE TO TAKE TEA WITH SUGAR ATLEST 6 TO 7 TIMES PER DAY. NOW I HAVE COMPLETELY STOPPED TAKING TEA. DO I HAVE TO STILL TAKE ANY MEDICINES FOR DIABETICS.

Dr. Arun Kumar Singh 92% (193 ratings)
MD - General Medicine, DM - Endocrinology, MBBS
Endocrinologist, Delhi
I tasted my blood at your lAB. THE SUGAR IS 240. I USE TO TAKE TEA WITH SUGAR ATLEST 6 TO 7 TIMES PER DAY. NOW I HAVE...
It depends on your fasting, post prandial blood sugar levels. Fasting blood glucose should be less than 100 and post prandial less than 140.
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Turkey Tails Mushroom

Dr. A.A Khan 92% (884 ratings)
M.B.B.S,C.C.A,D.C.A,AASECT,FPA,AAD,M.I.M.S
General Physician, Gorakhpur
Turkey Tails Mushroom

Among 720 species of mushrooms, turkey tail mushrooms are known for their therapeutic purposes. Mushrooms are a favorite among many people for their taste. But it is often unknown to common people that mushrooms have great medicinal values as well. In fact, there are many kinds of mushrooms which have been used in asia since a very long time for medicinal purposes. Mushrooms are usually harvested in areas of their natural growth. However, throughout the years it has been possible for mankind to cultivate them and use them for their own purposes for quite a number of years now.

Turkey tail mushrooms

Several kinds of research and experiments have been going on for a number of years now around the globe regarding the benefits and uses of turkey tail mushrooms. It has been an active ingredient of chinese medicinal tea. The benefits of turkey tail mushrooms are far-fetched, recently vigorous research work is going on in many universities like in bastyr university to find out whether the turkey tail mushrooms are effective and efficient for the treatment of the deadly disease of cancer. The research is mainly going on in collaboration with bastyr university with the university of washington and a few other renowned universities of the world. The research is funded by nih (national institutes of health). The mushroom under discussion is found in abundance in forests throughout the world. The numerous health benefits that turkey tail mushrooms can offer have not yet been fathomed by scientific trials across the world.

Turkey tail mushrooms are known for their numerous health benefits. These mushrooms are commonly found in the woodlands of europe and china. They are usually found to grow in large colonies. Turkey tail mushrooms are generally multi-colored and have concentric bands of contrasting shades. They appear in shades of black, brown, gray, red, white or blue. The body is thin and velvety with a fruiting nature. Because of their capability to form wavy rosettes, they have the name of turkey tails.

Nutritional value of turkey tail mushrooms

Turkey tail mushrooms are rich in vitamins and minerals and thus improve the health and add greatly to the nutritional content of the diet. They are great sources of potassium as well as riboflavin. The content of niacin in this type of mushroom is also very high. Turkey tail mushrooms also contain pantothenic acid, phosphorus, and even copper.

The turkey tail mushrooms are devoid of fat and caffeine. The content of sodium in this mushroom is also reasonably low. This kind of mushroom is also free from cholesterol and gluten and are low in calories. Turkey tail mushrooms contain 18 types of amino acids, ergo sterol and beta glucans of 1/3 and 1/6. Ergo sterol gets converted to vitamin d on exposure to the sun.

Health benefits of turkey tail mushrooms:

There are many health benefits of turkey tail mushrooms, these include the prevention of cold, support during chemotherapy, control of diabetes, reducing inflammation, lowering cholesterol, and more. Let us discuss them in detail below:

1. Prevent and treat cold

Because of the strong anti-viral and anti-microbial properties of turkey tail mushrooms, they can fight away various infections caused by these microbes, including common cold and flu. They greatly improve the immunity of the system and thus make them stronger to fight against disease causing germs. It is a good idea to include turkey tail in the diet when the season of flu draws nearer. The turkey tail mushroom modulates the immune system to act in a stronger way in fighting infections and germs.

2. Provide support during chemotherapy

The role of turkey tail mushroom in providing support to cancer patients has been under research for a long time now by the most renowned universities in the world. Several patients who are now undertaking chemotherapy have been adding turkey tail mushroom to their diet. The results have started showing up in cases of prostate and breast cancer already. It is known that the immune system of the body gets suppressed under chemotherapy. But turkey tail mushrooms build up the immune system and thus help in making up for the weakness caused by chemotherapy. The stronger immune system also helps in fighting strongly against the deadly cancer cells, thereby turkey tail mushroom is a potent cancer-fighting food.

3. Control diabetes

Turkey tail mushroom helps in reducing diabetes by lowering the level of glucose in the body.

4. Reduce inflammations

Turkey tail mushrooms are known for their anti-inflammatory properties. The inclusion of turkey tail mushrooms in the diet help in reduction of inflammations both internal and external.

5. Rich in antioxidants

Being rich in antioxidants, it helps in protection of the body from the harmful uv radiations of the sun. They also block the free radicals that result in aging. Thus, it slows down the process of aging. Being rich in vitamin e, it also acts towards making the skin better and cleansing it naturally.

6. Lower cholesterol

High cholesterol leads to various kind of heart diseases. Turkey tail mushrooms help in reducing the levels of cholesterol by adding it in the daily diet.

7. Aid digestion

The mycelium is that part of the mushroom which enables a person to have a smooth process of digestion. The microbiome gets assisted by the prebiotic content of the turkey tail mushrooms. This implies that the growth of the good and beneficial bacteria in the body is enhanced which includes acidophilus as well as bifidobacterium. It also helps in the treatment of the leaky gut syndrome. The process might also help in losing weight.

8. Help in aids

Kaposi’s sarcoma is a kind of skin cancer which affects the patients who suffer from hiv/aids. Researchers from around the world have revealed that consumption of turkey tail mushroom along with east african wild mushrooms with medicinal uses help in treating this situation. It is also beneficial for patients suffering from hiv/aids without the skin cancer.

9. Reduce hypertension

Hypertension or increase in blood pressure occurs due to the rise in pressure in the arteries carrying blood. Turkey tail mushrooms help in reducing the pressure, and thus hypertension.

10. Treat breast cancer

Among the various other kinds of cancers for which turkey tail mushrooms are assumed to be effective, breast cancer is one in which results from real life have already been presented. An old woman of 83 years has been known to be living a disease-free life after she added turkey tail mushroom capsules to her daily regime along with chemotherapy. The explanation that is presented is that the immune system of the patient got boosted up by recognition of the cancerous tumor, which in turn greatly increased the efficiency of the chemotherapy.

11. Improve bone health

Another health benefit of turkey tail mushrooms is that they are good for bone health. Not just this, but studies have shown that they can also help in regenerating bone marrow.

12. Treat human papilloma virus

Human papillomavirus (hpv) is an infection which is known to be treated by turkey tail mushrooms within a reasonably short time of consumption, approximately two months.

Turkey tail mushrooms are well known for their medicinal purposes because of which they are a sought-after product among the leading pharmaceutical companies. Researches are going on throughout the world to dig out more treasures this mushroom has to offer.

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Sir I have gone through certain tests by myself and the results are as under In march 2017 1. Glucose, Random (R)- 110 mg/dL, Creatinine,Serum - 1.13 mg/dl, Uric Acid, Serum - 5.70 mg/dL, then In 19th Aug 2017 1. Glucose, Random (F)- 83 mg/dL, Creatinine,Serum - 1.12 mg/dl, Uric Acid, Serum - 10.10 mg/dL and blood sugar (R)- 96 mh/dL, then I started tablet Feustate-40 for uric acid and taken 20 days and started jogging and more exercise. Again tests on 30/09/2017 1. Glucose, Random (F)- 112 mg/dL, Creatinine,Serum - 1.19 mg/dl, Uric Acid, Serum - 9.70 mg/dL and blood sugar -95 mg/Dl. I surprised to see that just after one month my sugar fasting is more than random. I tested random sugar after taking some cold drink and tea and after 45 minutes. My questions are 1) whether I am diabetic 2) I do lot of exercise whether my creatinine level is out of range and I should take any medication at this stage and why my uric acid increases and controls with medicine. Is there any other method to control it. I do lot of exercise etc. Kindly advise.

Dr. Prabhakar Laxman Jathar 95% (11270 ratings)
MBBS, CCEBDM, Diploma in Diabetology
Endocrinologist, Hubli-Dharwad
Sir I have gone through certain tests by myself and the results are as under
In march 2017 1. Glucose, Random (R)- 11...
Mr. lybrate-user Kumar, Thanks for the query. It appears you have high uric acid, if that is associated with pain in joints (gout) then you need to get it treated, otherwise pain will increase and there may be more deposits of uric acid around the smaller joints. The blood glucose levels mentioned show that there is no high glucose. Hence no diabetes. If you want to get a confirmation get a proper fasting (10 hours after dinner) then a after food (2 hrs after) glucose level and HbA1c%, that will give a clear indication. Creatinine is normal. Thanks.
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Gestational Diabetes - Ayurvedic Treatment For It!

Dr. Vinitha Viyyath 92% (280 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Kottayam
Gestational Diabetes - Ayurvedic Treatment For It!

Diabetes during pregnancy is known as gestational diabetes. It is interesting to note that the chances of getting gestational diabetes, is one of the most common complication of pregnancy. It has increased by almost 40%. Also, gestational diabetes not only affects the health of the mother, but also the health of the baby. What usually happens with gestational diabetes is that the blood sugar level, of both the mother and the baby go above the normal level.

Ayurveda can help treat this disease. Here are the most common Ayurveda remedies for gestational diabetes.

  1. Gurmaar: Gurmaar, called "The Sugar Killer" is also known as Gymnema sylvestre in medical jargon. Gurmaar also contains gymnemic acid molecules, which are crucial because they have an anti-diabetic effect. They work by combining with glucose molecules, which are in the blood stream. These stop the glucose from entering the bloodstream. 
  2. Karela: Karela is commonly known as bitter gourd and its biological name is Momordica charantia. It has anti-diabetic properties and also contains many other micronutrients, which are crucial in preventing the complications which arise from gestational diabetes.
  3. Vizaysaar: Vizaysaar comes from the bark of a tree whose biological name is Pterocarpus marsupium. It is very useful for diabetes. If you immerse the wood of Vizaysaar in water overnight and then drink it, your blood sugar levels are expected to fall.
  4. Saptrangi: Saptrangi is biologically known as Salacia oblonga. Just like Vizaysaar, it is a tree whose bark is immersed in water and then drunk by the patient suffering from diabetes. You will know that the water is ready for drinking when it turns brown, which usually happens overnight. It is also being studied in Western herbal schools in addition to Ayurveda nowadays.
  5. Tulsi: Tulsi is a holy plant in Hindu mythology and is known as Ocimum sanctum in biological terms. It is worshiped as a holy plant because it has tremendous medicinal properties including treating many types of cancers, cough, cold, sore throat as well as reducing blood sugar.
  6. Ashwagandha: The medical name for ashwagandha is Withania somnifera. It is another great remedy for diabetes.
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