Chief Complaint Of Diabetes Mellitus

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Diabetes Mellitus Signs And Symptoms

There are three main types of diabetes: Type 1 Diabetes: About 5 to 10 percent of those with diabetes have type 1 diabetes. It's an autoimmune disease, meaning the body's own immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. Patients with type 1 diabetes have very little or no insulin, and must take insulin everyday. Although the condition can appear at any age, typically it's diagnosed in children and young adults, which is why it was previously called juvenile diabetes. Type 2 Diabetes: Accounting for 90 to 95 percent of those with diabetes, type 2 is the most common form. Usually, it's diagnosed in adults over age 40 and 80 percent of those with type 2 diabetes are overweight. Because of the increase in obesity, type 2 diabetes is being diagnosed at younger ages, including in children. Initially in type 2 diabetes, insulin is produced, but the insulin doesn't function properly, leading to a condition called insulin resistance. Eventually, most people with type 2 diabetes suffer from decreased insulin production. Gestational Diabetes: Gestational diabetes develops during pregnancy. It occurs more often in African Americans, Native American Continue reading >>

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  1. BearsBearsBears_wooo

    T2 here. Doc started me on invokamet in March, and then added Lantus in April. After getting the Lantus numbers to where they needed to be to get proper results, I kept losing too much weight so we stopped invokamet.
    On Lantus alone, blood sugar numbers were still good, but my feet and ankles have swollen to the point where I can barely wear 4E width shoes when I am normally D width.
    Has anyone else experienced swelling while using Lantus ?
    I have sent my doc a message asking how bad it would be to take no Lantus for 3 days to see if the swelling goes down.
    Of course, I'll listen to my doc, but I'm just wondering if anyone here has an opinion they'd would share.
    Thanks all.

  2. troycheek

    I've never experienced it, but it turns out that "Bloating or swelling of the face, hands, lower legs, or feet" on the list of known side effects. My mother's feet swell often, but she's got a lot of things going on besides diabetes, so it's hard to tell the cause.
    On a side note, be thankful that your doctor saw weight loss as a problem and adjusted your meds. Shortly after my diagnosis, I had a doctor who had the "being overweight is the only cause of diabetes and losing weight is the only way to cure it" attitude and changing meds was completely out of the questions because the faster I lost weight, the sooner I wouldn't be diabetic anymore. I went through several doctors back then.

  3. BearsBearsBears_wooo

    My doc didn't see it as a problem. I told him it was a problem. BMI is bullsh*t.
    Good for you in changing docs though. I've "fired" two podiatrists who kept telling me my footpain was Neuropathy related.

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