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Diabetes


Angela Lombard Nursing Practitioner View profile

Dear A

Many thanks for your question.

On condition that you did the pregnancy test (if you used a home pregnancy kit, that is) correctly, there should be no cause for you to be concerned. However, I will add that it is crucial with you being a type one diabetic, that you are under the medical supervision of a medical doctor and a gynaecologist for all forms of pharmaceutical medication. This is just the way that it has to be for you having diabetes. Having a blood pressure check and a glucose check can always be done at a clinic apart from seeing your doctor(s).

I wish you the very best of luck with your baby plans.

Warmest regards

Angela

Yesheen (dr.) Singh Medical Doctor View profile

Dear P



Thank you for your question. How much have you researched cardiometabolic syndrome? I'm going to list some of the conditions that fall under the umbrella diagnosis that is cardiometabolic syndrome:



Cardiovacular disease, dyslipidaemia, hypertension, osteoperosis, PCOS, alzheimer's disease, renal disease, type 2 diabetes, thyroid abnormalities, sleep apnoea and erectile dysfunction.



Yes, erectile dysfunction (ED) is one of the down stream effects of cardiometabolic syndrome rather than a result of it's management. Yes there are some medications that you are using that may have as a minor side effect an association with ED but I wouldn't say that the meds are the cause and leave it as that. Some GP's would even go as far as prescribng an erection enhancer such as viagra for you but it would be just another example of trying to manage the problem superficially but not at the root.



In my opinion the meds are helping you control the symptoms of cardiometabolic syndrome, and making life more comfortable, but they are not addressing the underlying causes contributing to the chronic inflammatory process driving the various disease profiles you have. My suggestion would be to look at focusing more attention to calming this level of inflammation down with appropriate plant botanicals, working through the lifestyle habits that gave rise to this syndrome in the first place and hopefully begin to eventually let go the the various pharmaceuticals that you ave been placed on.



You are welcome to contact me via www.healthnation.co.za to discuss in more detail a plan more tailored to your body and metabolism, or alternatively look for your nearest functional medicine practitioner.



Many thanks and warm regards

Yesheen Singh

Yesheen (dr.) Singh Medical Doctor View profile

Dear A

I would strongly recommend visiting a GP for a proper history and examination if this symptom continues. It is difficult for me to offer an informed opinion with the history you provided in your brief question. Tests I would suggest you ask your GP to run include an "Oral Glucose Tolerance Test", an ophthalmogical exam and perhaps do a set of blood pressures over a couple of days.

Many thanks and warm regards

Yesheen

Sean (dr.) Gomes Medical Doctor View profile

As a diabetic, she should be eating small regular meals to maintain her blood sugar levels. It sounds as though with the recent onset of her diabetes she is unsure as to what to eat and afraid that by eating her blood sugar levels will be too high. She should eat normally in terms of amounts and frequency, but should avoid sugary foods. She should eat foods with complex carbohydrates, high fibre and low fat. To rebuild her strength and weight, she should use a meal replacement supplement in between meals. There are a number of diabetic specific supplements on the market. I would recommend that she sees a dietician for an assessment and advice on what how to eat. You can visit our Natural Medicine Dispensary for general advice. They would also be able to refer her to a dietician in the area. Regards Dr Sean Gomes MD

Sean (dr.) Gomes Medical Doctor View profile

Without doing a proper examination and some diagnostic tests it would be difficult to come to a diagnosis. With your previous medical history and this current stressful period it could be a number of things. Being a type 1 diabetic, I would recommend that you visit your usual doctor immediately to ensure that your blood sugars are controlled and that it is not your diabetes, exacerbated by stress or potentially a respiratory or gastro-intestinal infection, that is making you unwell. Make sure that you keep hydrated with lots of fluids and that your glucose levels are controlled by your insulin. Your doctor may also want to assess you for stress and anxiety disorders that can also present with similar symptoms. Please consult with your doctor as soon as possible. Regards Dr Sean Gomes MD


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