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Diabetes

Type 1 and Type 1.5 (latent autoimmune diabetes of adults) diabetes are chronic autoimmune conditions which require daily management through insulin. Gestational diabetes begins in pregnancy and is diagnosed after a high blood sugar response; it is managed through diet and usually resolves after the baby is born. In this section we will cover managing diabetes through pregnancy, breastfeeding and while raising kids.

Can The Type 1 Diabetes Honeymoon Period Be Extended… Forever?

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Diabetes mellitus (type 1 diabetes) is a condition where a lack of insulin production by the pancreas leads to hyperglycemia (high blood sugar), which can yield serious complications, especially in the long term.  All patients with type 1 diabetes (formerly known as juvenile-onset diabetes) must currently take insulin for the rest of their lives once diagnosed, because the cells of the pancreas can no longer

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Signs and Symptoms of Insulin Resistance

Insulin resistance (often considered one component of a larger constellation known as “metabolic syndrome”) has become well recognized as an important indicator of the potential to develop diabetes (and cardiovascular disease, among others), with some doctors referring to it as “pre-diabetes”.  It occurs when the body’s cells no longer respond to insulin the way they should, and as a result, sugar remains in the bloodstream

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Gestational Diabetes & Autoimmune

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Gestational diabetes mellitus is chronically high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) that starts in or is first diagnosed during pregnancy.  Like other forms of glucose (blood sugar) intolerance, gestational diabetes is characterized by pancreatic β-cell dysfunction, which produces insufficient insulin to meet the body’s needs. Usually there are no signs or symptoms with gestational diabetes, but when present, they are generally mild and include fatigue, increased urination,

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Gestational Diabetes and Pregnancy

Diabetes mellitus (diabetes) has become a major health concern in this country, with diagnoses continuing to skyrocket, and a significant proportion of the population suffering from it.  In fact, according to Medscape, 21 million people, or 7% of the country’s populace, currently carry a diagnosis of some form of diabetes.  This means that obstetricians have become very familiar with treating pregnant women suffering from the

Glycemic Issues and Autoimmunity

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Is hypoglycemia and/or hyperglycemia an autoimmune condition? One of the fascinating features of your immune system is its capacity to recognize and neutralize the millions of foreign antigens that cross your path each day.  If it didn’t have this ability, your immune system couldn’t insulate you from your hostile environment.  Unfortunately, when this process malfunctions, your own tissues—and their metabolic products—become “the enemy.”  This is