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Is Diabetes An Endocrine Disorder

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You And Your Endocrinologist

Endocrinology is the study of medicine that relates to the endocrine system, which is the system that controls hormones. Endocrinologists are specially trained physicians who diagnose diseases related to the glands. Because these doctors specialize in these conditions, which can be complex and have hard-to-spot symptoms, an endocrinologist is your best advocate when dealing with hormonal issues. Most patients begin their journey to the endocrinologist with a trip to their primary care provider or family doctor. This doctor will run a series of tests to see what could be the potential problem the patient is facing. If a problem with the hormones is suspected, the primary care doctor will provide a referral. The endocrinologist's goal is to restore hormonal balance in the body. What Does an Endocrinologist Do? The glands in a person's body release hormones. Endocrinologists treat people who suffer from hormonal imbalances, typically from glands in the endocrine system or certain types of cancers. The overall goal of treatment is to restore the normal balance of hormones found in a patient's body. Some of the more common conditions treated by endocrinologists include: Endocrine disord Continue reading >>

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  1. Arjun Panesar

    Thanks for the A2A. Just want to clarify a few things - a tag on this question is Reactive Hypoglycemia - that's the general term for having a hypo after eating, which is when blood glucose levels become dangerously low following a meal.
    That is distinct from hyperglycemia, which refers to high blood glucose levels.
    Hyperglycemia has been defined by the World Health Organisation as:
    Blood glucose levels greater than 7.0 mmol/L or 126 mg/dl when fasting

    Blood glucose levels greater than 11.0 mmol/L or 200 mg/dl 2 hours after meals
    The most common symptoms of high blood glucose levels are:
    Feeling very thirsty
    Needing to go the toilet often
    Having a dry mouth
    Feeling tired/lethargic

    Feeling uncomfortable and irritable
    Before you treat hyperglycemia, you may want to check that your blood sugar are indeed running high with a blood glucose meter (if possible). Some people get the symptoms of high blood glucose before their blood glucose enters 'hyper' territory.
    If you have type 1 diabetes, hyperglycemia would typically be treated with insulin.
    However, if you're not on medication, walking and drinking more water are advisable.
    Exercise can help to lower blood sugar and walking is a good way of achieving this. It may make sense that intense exercise would reduce blood sugar quicker, but strenuous exercise can produce a stress response which causes the body to raise blood glucose levels so hence why walking/light exercise may be better (unless you can test your blood glucose levels).
    Secondly, when your blood sugar levels are running high, your body will try to flush excess sugar out of your blood through your urine. As a result, your body will need more fluids to rehydrate itself, so drinking water can help the body with flushing out some of the glucose in the blood.

    Finally, to avoid hyperglycemia, you may wish to look at the benefits of lowering your carb intake. Carbs turn into glucose when metabolised, which obviously raises your blood glucose levels. Reducing carb intake can reduce the 'spikes' of high blood glucose levels - and that makes for better blood glucose control.

  2. Steve Rapaport

    Diabetic journalist Jenny Ruhl has put together all the best research on this topic and made it freely available, with references, at this excellent site. To answer your question, start here: How to Lower Your Blood Sugar
    Her technique includes doing frequent glucometer readings on yourself after eating, to see exactly how your diet affects your blood sugar, then making careful changes to modify that effect.
    Her introduction begins:
    Over the past decade thousands of people with Type 2 diabetes have dramatically lowered their blood sugar using this very simple technique. Unlike most other strategies you may have encountered, this one does not tell you what to eat. Instead it teaches you how the meals you are currently eating affect your blood sugar and then guides you through the process of adapting those meals so that they will be more blood sugar friendly. Try it for a week and you'll see how well it works.

  3. Phitany Kochi

    The best thing you should do instead of taking risk is to consult a good diabetologist in Cochin. They provide the most comprehensive care for patients with diabetes, thyroid and endocrine disorders.

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