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Diabetes And Water Retention: How Are They Related?

By pH health care professionals If you have diabetes, or if someone close to you does, perhaps you’ve noticed some swelling in the ankles where fluid has built up, causing a puffy appearance. This is typically water retention, also called edema, and is relatively common among diabetics. Let’s take a look at how diabetes and water retention are related. What is water retention? Water retention is a buildup of fluid in an area of the body, causing swelling, often in the ankles, feet, wrists and/or arms. So, how are diabetes and water retention related? The most common type of water retention is in the legs and feet (peripheral edema). Sometimes, water retention occurs as a side effect of insulin therapy or diabetes drugs. Peripheral edema is sometimes a symptom of kidney problems or heart failure related to diabetes. However, water retention can occur as a result of an injury, surgery, long plane rides, pregnancy, hormone changes and certain medications. But if you have diabetes, you need to be extra cautious as water retention can make it more difficult for wounds to heal. Read here for other causes of water retention. So, how can you be more proactive? Work with a doctor. While Continue reading >>

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    If a person has a glycated (the more common 'glycosylated' is biochemically incorrect) hemoglobin A1C of 7.5% with normal premeal glucose readings the A1C should be repeated. If the 2nd A1C is above 6.0% then you do have diabetes. Early on some diabetics will only demonstrate elevated postprandial (after meal) glucose readings with normal readings at other times of the day. So-called atypical anti-depressants may increase blood glucose. You should ask your physician if you are on that type of medication and you should ask your physician to repeat your A1C. If I may be of further assistance please let me know. I wish you the very best of health and in all things may God bless.

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