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Does Diabetes Affect The Liver

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When The Liver Gets Fatty

As Americans have gotten fatter, so have their livers, and some hearts may suffer as a result. There's a fair amount of guesswork to the estimates, but perhaps as many as 20% of American adults have some degree of fatty liver disease, a condition that used to occur almost exclusively in people who drink excessively. The epidemics of obesity and diabetes are to blame. Fatty liver affects between 70% and 90% of people with those conditions, so as obesity and diabetes have become more common, so has fatty liver disease. Fatty liver disease isn't confined to any one group, and there doesn't seem to be pronounced gender differences, but studies suggest that Latinos are disproportionately affected. It's primarily a condition of middle age, although children may get it, too. Fatty liver disease is rapidly becoming more common in Asia, and some research suggests that men in India may be especially susceptible. Plumped-up liver cells The prevailing theory is that the condition gets started because of insulin resistance, which is, in turn, frequently a consequence of obesity and excess fat tissue in the abdomen. When people are insulin resistant, their muscle, fat, and liver cells don't resp Continue reading >>

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  1. Maltmom

    Dr. gave me meds for 6.3 A1c

    and I'm thrilled! This was a new endo that prescribed it; two other Dr's told me they would not prescribe meds until my numbers were 7.0 or higher. This Dr. told me his goal is to have his patients under 6.0. Woo-hoo! I don't understand why other Dr.'s don't understand that if my numbers are lower long term, I will be healthier longer.
    The bad news is that he prescribed Metformin ER. I was taking this med about a year ago but stopped it when I started losing large amounts of hair. I told the new endo this, he disagreed it was the cause of hair loss, but thought it was fair if I stopped taking the med again if I had the same problem.
    I was told to take 1000 mg. in the morning before any food. Does that seem right? I know it's the ER version, but that's different than what I did last time.

  2. smorgan

    Personally, I wouldn't touch any med with an A1C of 6.3 until I tried other things. I guess I agree more with your first doctor depending on what else he told you to do. Mine was 10.7 just over two years ago and I got to 5.1 in the first years without any medication. Are you already taking other steps to control BG or just meds?

  3. Maltmom

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    Originally Posted by smorgan
    Personally, I wouldn't touch any med with an A1C of 6.3 until I tried other things. I guess I agree more with your first doctor depending on what else he told you to do. Mine was 10.7 just over two years ago and I got to 5.1 in the first years without any medication. Are you already taking other steps to control BG or just meds? I've been taking oral steroids for almost 2 years for another health issue and it really plays havoc with my BG. I have to eat an almost no carb diet for my numbers to look good. I'm glad for any help I can get to reduce my numbers, at least as long as I'm on steroids.

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