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Thanks to the way diabetes is dramatized on television and in movies, many associate it with its more dramatic symptoms. Many think of the weakness and confusion that comes with a hypoglycemic episode, or the disabilities, like vision and circulation problems, associated with uncontrolled blood sugar. Some may even associate obesity with Type II diabetes. Not everyone with diabetes knows they have it, however. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than a quarter of people with diabetes are undiagnosed. If you suspect you have diabetes, or are worried that someone in your life may have the illness, you should certainly watch out for symptoms, and if you see persistent signs of diabetes, you should seek a definitive diagnosis. The greatest threat diabetes poses is the damage that high blood sugar does to a person’s health over time, and the best treatment seeks to keep blood sugar at a healthy level. Left undiagnosed, high blood sugar will gradually degrade a person’s health. But once it’s diagnosed, a diabetic can begin to safeguard their lives against the disease. Symptoms of Diabetes How do people know if they have diabetes? Many of them don’t k Continue reading >>

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  1. psue321

    losing weight but not trying to

    Hi. I'm new here and have been looking for info but haven't found anything yet. My hubby is type 2, has been for about 6 years. He looses weight without trying which would be fine if he needed to loose. He's 5'8" and weighs 151. He weighed 153 a month ago. He sees the doc every 6 months, doc says loss is not significant, but I think it is because I know what he eats and he shouldn't be loosing based on that. He has lost 12 lbs. in the last 18 months. He takes metformin (2 500mg once daily) and pravachol (20 mg once daliy) for cholesterol. Sugar is between 90 and 140 most of the time depending on before and after eating, has gone up to 180 range occasionally but was explainable because of something he ate. Does anyone have any ideas what the problem could be? I wonder about the metformin dosage. Is 2 pills at one time a normal dosage? Can too many carbs cause a weight loss? Would appreciate any ideas. Thanks.

  2. Type1Lou

    You might want to check (or have him check) his urine for ketones. Ketones are produced by the body when it uses muscle and fat to supply you with energy rather than properly metabolizing the sugar you eat. This will lead to weight loss no matter how much you eat. Usually, though, this would occur when BG levels are elevated for a good deal of the time…You can get ketone test strips at your pharmacy without a prescription. If he is producing ketones, notify your doctor immediately.

  3. tabby9146

    My type 2 is controlled with diet and exercise, but over a year ago, i went through a scary period of time, where I was losing weight and not trying. People would say, you are STILL losing weight? that was after only 2 or 3 lbs. lost and I did not notice it, they noticed before I did. I lost about 6 lbs. in two months. Not significant, but I was under a lot of stress! When the stress got better, I grdually gained most of it back. The doctor said if I had lost that much in one month, or more than that, she would be concerned. I remember I lessened my exercising, and tried to increase my calories, before going to the doctor and it was working. I hope it is something not serious at all.

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