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A Wealthier India Sees Alarming Rise In Adolescent Diabetes

Rohin Sarin is midway through his 9th grade geography class when he starts feeling light-headed and dizzy, a sign that his blood sugar levels are dipping. He quietly removes his insulin pen from his school bag, gives himself one of four daily jabs and takes a bite of an energy bar. The 15-year-old's classmates in New Delhi have seen the ritual so often they are no longer curious. Rohin is one of a growing number of Indians with diabetes, the disease increasingly afflicting children and adolescents in the fast-growing South Asian country. More than two decades of rapid economic growth has changed Indians' lifestyles. People eat out more often, and prefer Western-style junk food such as burgers and pizza over traditional lentil and vegetable meals. They are also more sedentary, using cars and public transportation instead of walking or riding bicycles, and entertaining themselves with television. The changes have brought a sharp rise in obesity, along with lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, even as India still has some of the world's worst levels of malnourishment and stunted childhood growth due to a paucity of food. "Over the last 20 years, we are seeing a huge explosion ... main Continue reading >>

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  1. ANGELSSUNRISE

    I see that a lot of you have seen an endo doctor. Can you tell me what to expect and if there are any questions that I should ask when I see her on November 30th?
    Since having my uterus taken out (which was 3 times larger than it should have been)I am still experiencing a lack of interest in sex. Facial and leg hair growth have excellerated greatly. I was diagnosed with diabetes and it DOES NOT run in my family. My hormone levels are normal however my DHEA was 59. Both my gyno's refused to look at my numbers and dismiss my other symptoms with a solution of one it is your colon, and the other one's answer was bc for 2 months if still in pain let's take the ovaries. Which by the way looked good when I did the hysterectomy. My gp put me on met 500mg at night when my bg test came back as diabetes. Numbers were 148, and my vitamin D was down still so now take 50,000mg a week. So far the met does not seem to be helping with my weight. However it does seem as if my midsection is less swollen then it ever has been.
    So basically any help that anyone can offer is greatly appreciated.


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  2. GROWINGINGRACE

    YRLITTLECHAMP- well, I'm glad to know it's not just me...I hate missing a day of met. it's like starting the aclimation process all over again.
    any problems with your spiro while taking met? I would really like it to decrease facial hair, but my GYN thinks progesterone is a safer route.
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  3. YRLITTLECHAMP

    I started Metformin 6 years ago and it did take time for me to get used to it. I was nauseated a lot, and would actually get sick often times. If I "forgot" or was honestly lazy and didn't take a dose of my medicine, it would all come back to me. Once I was on the medicine and my body got used to it, it was better. I take it mainly for diabetes prevention, as I am prediabetic. It has helped me lose weight because it controls my sugar/carb cravings. It has taken time for me to get on the right dosage. I went from immediate release 500 mg a day to 2000 mg a day, and I also now take the ER/extended release version. The change to the current 2000 mg ER was last year.
    I also take Spironolactone for water retention, and Aviane for estrogen/hormone balance. I also take Levothyroxin for Hypothyroidism. I will probably stop taking the Spiro here soon because it basically does the same thing Aviane does, with the addition of water retention control.
    I was diagnosed with PCOS 6 years ago. I was 185 lbs and now I am 160 lbs. My goal is 130 at least!
    Metformin works well, but I'm nervous to stop taking it because of the sugars I crave as soon as I even miss a dose! I hope it truly aids in diabetic prevention, as "they" say. :)

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