Childhood Diabetes Type 2

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Type 2 Diabetes In Children

There is an increase in the number of cases of type 2 diabetes in children and teens. The rise may be due to obesity and decreased physical activity among children. The risk for type 2 diabetes increases with age. What is type 2 diabetes? Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disorder resulting from the body's inability to produce enough, or to properly use, insulin. It has previously been called non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM). Without enough insulin, the body cannot move blood sugar into the cells. It is a chronic disease with no known cure. What is prediabetes? In prediabetes, blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be defined as diabetes. However, many people with prediabetes develop type 2 diabetes within 10 years, states the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Prediabetes also increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. With modest weight loss and moderate physical activity, people with prediabetes can delay or prevent type 2 diabetes. What causes type 2 diabetes? The exact cause of type 2 diabetes is unknown. However, there is an inherited susceptibility which causes it to run in families. Although a perso Continue reading >>

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  1. dolby

    This is exactly what I experienced! I was very worried about this and began questioning the whole medical basis of low carb dieting for a while! Later, I began to feel that this was due to my blood sugar normalization -- i.e., false hypoglycemia. But this lasted well into my diet and, even now, I feel this way occasionally. Happens when I'm shopping, and stoop to check out item in lower shelves. When I stand back up, I get dizzy.
    I have tentatively identified the culprit as magnesium deficiency. I've read that metformin may raid your body's supply of magnesium (along with Vitamin B-12). Also, taking Vitamin D supplements (which I do, 10k IU per day) may interfere with magnesium absorption.
    I have tested my hypothesis by taking 500g of magnesium daily and not taking them on some days. I have found that when I get off of magnesium, I get dizzy spells more frequently. This is my working hypothesis. Since there is no reliable test to measure magnesium, you might want to take magnesium supplements (start w/250mg and increase to 500mg).
    I've also read (not verified) that if your calcium level is high (as mine is), this might suggest that your magnesium is low. Again, could all be hearsay: verify these information with your research. I've traveled the extra mile trying to get to the bottom of this "dizziness" and so far, it's magnesium.

    Originally Posted by datty
    I've noticed a slight 'fuzzy head' and pressure behind my ears when I stand up after sitting for a while. I can't say for sure that the two things are connected and maybe it's a coincidence but I'm wondering if anyone else had had a similar experience? I haven't had any gastro problems whatsoever, in fact I don't have much appetite at all which is great for weightloss but maybe I'm having "mini hypos" and need to pay more attention to when and what I eat. I'm just feeling a bit "off" all the time,

  2. fecieanne

    I don't know if Metformin causes dizziness. I know that may be one side effect, I can tell you that ever since i was dxd and put on meds for diabetes and blood pressure I have been having awful problems with vertigo and now when that is actually staring to get better I"m getting dizzy. My doctor and I have changed meds around and dosages and nothing seems to make it better. Went to an ENT he said it was vestibular neuritos and prescirbed therapy which didn't help. Going to a chiropractor who says it's muscle spasms causing pressure on my nerves. He is helping with the symptoms but it's not gone., Going to Vanderbilt hopefully soon where they a ballance center to get an eval there.
    But I'm so many meds and so many of them cause dizziness as a possible side effect I think it's a loosing battle.
    Good luck.

  3. datty

    Thank you both! The magnesium theory is interesting so I'll give it a go. I'm nowhere near 'vertigo' type symptoms, in fact since I originally posted about this I'm feeling much better! My BG has come down rapidly in the last week or so (5.9 today, yay!) so perhaps it was my body adjusting to a lower and healthier BG. I'm seeing my doc on Wed anyway but armed with the info I've obtained here - gee, you guys are good - I'll probably be able to tell her what's going on

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