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A friend of mine has had diabetes for almost 18 years. She was having problems with her stomach — terrible stomach aches that would prevent her from eating or getting sick when she did eat. Her doctor said that she has nerve damage to her stomach as a direct result from complications from diabetes. Is it possible to get nerve damage to your stomach as a result of diabetes?

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I have had type 1 diabetes for 20 years and my microalbumin in my urine has risen from 17 to 25. Does alcohol consumption contribute to microalbumin, as I consume an after work martini daily? Is there anything I can do to reverse or stop its progress?

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Both my four year old son and I have type 1 diabetes in tight control, and I work so hard to do everything I can to keep good glucose control without the lows, but both my grandmothers had type 2 and developed complications. What role does family history play in developing complications?

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What is the incidence of neuropathy in children? What tests would you carry out as part of a foot screen on children? What is the best advice on foot care for children?

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My LDL is high (111 mg/dl). How can I decrease it, when everything else is great?

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I keep reading of the regular tests and checks that people with diabetes should have at diagnosis and at regular intervals. My four year old child has regular height and weight checks along with A1c tests, but other tests are apparently not needed yet because relevant damage does not occur in young children.

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I am a 23 years old, have had diabetes for 17 years, and I have always been under good control. I am very nervous about developing complications and tend to be extremely cautious when it comes to my health. After talking with several nephrologists and doing some research, I am become increasingly convinced that taking a low dose ACE inhibitor might help reduce my chances of developing kidney problems in the future.

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My 78 year mother has diabetes and takes insulin. Her condition has gradually deteriorated to the point where, in the last few days, she has “caught herself” about to fall from standing position and sat down abruptly. Can you enlighten us as to how her diabetes may or may not be related to her latest deterioration?

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I have type 2 diabetes, and, on an irregular basis I get very hot feet, and I’m very uncomfortable. It doesn’t occur when I am exercising, but would occur after a heavier meal or after drinking wine (two glasses). I think it is diet related. Is there something that I can do to prevent or alleviate the problem?

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My relative has severe neuropathy, but she has tremendous pride and tries to hide the severity of the debilitating effects. I am concerned though about her ability to drive since she occasionally drives with my children. Should I have cause for concern?

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