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My 12 year old daughter, who has had diabetes for almost seven years, recently had an abnormal random urine microalbumin so she then did a 24 hour collection, and her excretion rate was 138 micrograms per minute. I have several questions.

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About two months ago, my daughter began having pain and numbness in her fingers and toes, and now she complains of her lips being numb saying that the sensation is spreading — first to her nose and then to her cheeks. Is numbness of the lips, nose and cheeks a symptom of diabetic neuropathy?

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My mother has type 2 diabetes and is quite concerned with liver problems related to her condition. Can you shed some light on this?

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What are the side effects of having diabetes?

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I am a 23 year old male who does not have diabetes and recently was found to have a very high serum triglyceride level. What could be the cause of this?

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I have had type 2 diabetes for less than a year, and I am now on a controlled diet plan, watching sugar levels etc. I developed chronic diarrhoea about a year ago and could not get rid of it. Could this be attributed to diabetes in any way? Can you tell me what else I might expect from this disease in other parts of my body that might act up?

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I have type 2 diabetes and I often find when I wake up the morning my mouth is very dry, and I have a horrible taste in my mouth. I have also noticed an increase of cavities in my teeth. Could this be related to my diabetes?

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I am a 26 year old female who has had type 1 diabetes for 21 years, and I have always maintained good control. Recently, I have started getting sharp, stinging pains in my hands that have gone up to my elbow at times when I wake up. Does this sound more like carpal tunnel syndrome, as opposed to the early signs of neuropathy?

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Several years ago, I was put on an ACE-inhibitor, and now that I am married I would like to start a family, but I have read that I cannot be on an ACE inhibitor if I’m pregnant. Has there been any research on what happens in pregnancy when people stop taking ACE inhibitors?

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I read that men with diabetes have a problem with getting an erection. Does this mean they cannot have offspring?

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