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type 1 diabetes and memory loss

A: Diabetes can cause high blood pressure, heart disease and neuropathy that affect the circulation. People with diabetes (especially uncontrolled diabetes) are at higher risk for stroke. Depending on the area of the brain affected by these circulatory problems, memory can definately be affected.

Q: Could I have type 1 diabetes?
I’m 14.

I have been drinking a lot of water and seltzer in the past few months. I’ve also been urinating frequently.

When I was in 8th grade (last year) I weighed around 134 lbs. This past summer I weighted 127 lbs and now I weigh 120 lbs. This has been unintentional weight loss and I am wondering if this is a big enough weight loss to be a sign.

I’ve been quite tired lately. When I get home from school I am exhausted.

I don’t know if this counts but I have been having some short term memory loss lately.

But my real question is, do these signs have to be extreme in order for one to have diabetes? Thanks in advance!
Also, one day when I was running around (playing tennis) and exercising I got an intense headache.
Thank you!!!
Plus, diabetes is in my family. =(

A: Type 1 diabetes usually develops very quickly, within a matter of weeks, not several months.

Weight loss is a symptom of type 1 diabetes, but its more extreme than what you experienced. Losing 14 pounds within a year is nothing (when you’re talking about it being a symptom for type 1. I’m not saying its “no big deal”), but losing 14 pounds within 2-3 weeks….thats a problem…thats what its like when its a symptom for type 1.

How much water is considered “a lot” for you? An undiagnosed type 1 diabetic a lot of times has unquenchable thirst. They can drink, and drink, and drink and still be super thirsty.

How frequent is “frequent urination?” every hour? every few hours? Before I was diagnosed with type 1, I’d sometimes go every half hour and 4-5 times during the night.

FYI: Type 1 diabetes is different than type 2 (in response to the first answer, “Bux”). A lot of times a person can go for months and months being an undiagnosed type 2 diabetic. I’ve never heard of a type 1 diabetic being diagnosed without having any symptoms.

And about the ” perfectly normal fasting blood sugar levels and still be diabetic.” from Bux. No, not for type 1. You won’t have any normal (or low) blood sugars until you’re diagnosed and have the right treatment (insulin).

Q: What happens to someone with coeliac that goes off their diet continually?
I’ve been diagnosed with coeliac for about 10 years now and I still can’t stick to the diet. I get very few side effects (that are noticeable anyway) but I know long term that problems can arise, such as memory loss. I also have type 1 diabetes so it’s hard enough to stick to that diet, let alone cut out gluten as well.

What else can happen to me long term and how long before symptoms start rearing their ugly heads?

A: Hey I didn’t want your question to go unanswered, so here’s a short list of complications relating to non-compliance of gluten intolerance: lymphoma, lupus, rhumetoid arthritis, depression, anxiety, anemia, B-12 deficiency, and other immune disorders (type-1 diabetes and Sjorgen’s come to mind).

Q: Health Majors Please help! Last test on health & i am really stressed.?
These are some of the ones i dont know. I mean there are ones out of this that i do know but yeah, I am really stressed and need help. Please Please help me.

27. Which type of diabetes generally occurs in young adults and children and always requires insulin as part of the treatment plan?

type 1
type 2
type 3
type 4

28. Which of the following is NOT a warning sign of skin cancer?

crushing chest pain
a sore that does not heal
unusual bleeding or discharge
thickening or lumps

29. What is the most fatal form of skin cancer associated with moles?

squamous cell carcinoma
basal cell carcinoma
malignant melanoma
acute cell melanoma

30. What disease is caused by a bacteria and can be sent in a powdery form for bioterrorism and leads to difficulty breathing and even death?

West Nile virus
anthrax
bovine spongiform encephalopathy
stroke

31. What is the general name for all infections that cause diarrhea to occur?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Crohn’s Disease
Colon Cancer
Dysentery

32. Which fat leads to atherosclerosis and can contribute to one’s risk of a heart attack or stroke?

steroids
cholesterol
phospholipids
olive oil

33. What is key to improve cancer’s survival rates?

improve people’s nutrition and lifestyle choices
more research into better chemotherapy drugs
programs that stress early detection and intervention
better surgical techniques to remove all cancer cells

34. What is the disease that involves changes in the nerves and chemicals of the brain leading to memory loss, personality changes, and complete dependency?

Parkinson’s
Alzheimer’s
Paget’s
Grave’s

35. Which of the following is not a disorder related to hypertension?

congestive heart failure
stroke
diabetes mellitus
heart attack

36. How is hepatitis B typically transmitted?

fecal-oral route
bacteria and its spores
contaminated blood or sexual contact
breast-feeding

37. Which STD can cause blindness in a newborn baby if it infects the baby’s eyes during the birth process while producing a greenish yellowish drainage from the reproductive organs of the infected adults?

syphilis
gonorrhea
genital herpes
chlamydia

38. Which STD begins as chancres or open lesions on the reproductive organs and can invade the nerous system causing difficulty speaking, headaches, blurred or diminishing vision, seisures, problems with memory and thinking, and depression?

syphilis
gonorrhea
genital herpes
chlamydia

39. Which organ is affected by hepatitis?

brain
stomach
uterus
liver

40. Which of the following is not a form of anthrax infection?

digestive
circulatory
skin
respiratory

41. The lack of which of the following hormones from the pancreas prevents the body from regulating its own blood sugar?

insulin
adrenaline
testosterone
melanin

42. Which of the following bacterial STDs is the most common in the United States causing the formation of a painless lesion which may result in scarring of the pelvic organs and sterility?

gonorrhea
genital warts
syphilis
chlamydia

43. What is the cause of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy?

bacteria
virus
prion
fungi

44. Which of the following best describes symptoms of BSE (Mad Cow Disease)?

fatty plaque in the arteries leading to chest pain
loss of the ability to sense, move, and think
skin rash, digestive disturbances, and difficulty breathing
severe headache or no symptoms at all

45. Which of the following best describes symptoms of diabetes mellitus?

crushing chest pain, nausea, weakness, and fatigue
excessive urination, thirst, and hunger
flu-like symptoms, headache, and stiff neck
loss of coordination on one side, slurred speech, and difficulty concentrating

46. Which of the following could cause a non-communicable disease?

viruses
bacteria
smoking
fungi

47. Which of the following is an example of a communicable disease?

Alzheimer’s disease
common cold
heart disease
diabetes mellitus

48. Which of the following is NOT a reason it is difficult to cope with a chronic illness?

financial obligations to cover treatment and care that health insurance may not

A: First of all, who made up these questions? I’m not that impressed.
These questions have been around for awhile – you could have just searched Y!A and found identically worded questions.
.
While you may be stressed, if you don’t know the answers to some of these, what are you doing in this class?
Just entering all of the answers takes more time than you spent cutting and pasting them.

27. Type 1 – the body does not produce insulin read this article: http://www.lifescript.com/Health/Conditions/Diabetes/The_Double_Whammy_What_is_Type_3_Diabetes.aspx

28 Crushing chest pain

29. Malignant melanoma

http://www.cancercenter.com/skin-cancer-melanoma.htm

30. Anthrax

https://health.google.com/health/ref/Anthrax

31. Question does not make sense because it is not accurate but the answer has to be dysentery as the other 3 options are not infection related
http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/diarrhea/

32. cholesterol

http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/dci/Diseases/Atherosclerosis/Atherosclerosis_Causes.html

33. all of the above but if you have to chose one go with programs which stress early detection and insurance plans which cover intervention

34. Alzheimer’s followed by Parkinson’s with dementia

35. Diabetes – but there is a relationship

http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=2152

36. Hep B is transmitted through blood and bodily fluids – read and figure out the answer

http://www.hepb.org/hepb/transmission.htm

37. Several can cause eye infection but the answer you want is gonorrhea
http://www.wdxcyber.com/stds_pregnancy.html
38. see: reference above for answer

39. see: reference in question #36 or just think about it

40. see: question #30 reference

41. see: question #27 reference

42. see: question #37 reference

43. Mad Cow Disease – caused by watching too much Boston Legal in reruns – ok, it is thought to be a prion disease http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bovine_spongiform_encephalopathy

44. see: reference in #43

45. excessive urination, thirst and hunger

46. this one’s on you to think about

47. You don’t know this one? That’s nothing to sneeze at

48. You should be aware of the fact that you can add the rest of the answer by simply returning and adding it.

Q: Please help me! I’m trying to solve these questions! 10 points*?
I’m taking my health class online and I have no clue what these questions mean!
PLEASEPLEASEPLEASEPLEASE
HELPP MEE!!!

26. How does HIV affect the body?

It infects red blood cells, decreasing the amount of oxygen the blood can carry.
It infects certain white blood cells, destroying the immune system and making the body susceptible to infection.
It infects the alveoli of the lungs, reducing lung capacity and the effectiveness of the respiratory system.
It infects blood-forming cells in the bone marrow, producing anemia and destroying the immune system.

27. Which type of diabetes generally occurs in young adults and children and always requires insulin as part of the treatment plan?

type 1
type 2
type 3
type 4

28. Which of the following is NOT a warning sign of skin cancer?

crushing chest pain
a sore that does not heal
unusual bleeding or discharge
thickening or lumps

29. What is the most fatal form of skin cancer associated with moles?

squamous cell carcinoma
basal cell carcinoma
malignant melanoma
acute cell melanoma

30. What disease is caused by a bacteria and can be sent in a powdery form for bioterrorism and leads to difficulty breathing and even death?

West Nile virus
anthrax
bovine spongiform encephalopathy
stroke

31. What is the general name for all infections that cause diarrhea to occur?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Crohn’s Disease
Colon Cancer
Dysentery

32. Which fat leads to atherosclerosis and can contribute to one’s risk of a heart attack or stroke?

steroids
cholesterol
phospholipids
olive oil

33. What is key to improve cancer’s survival rates?

improve people’s nutrition and lifestyle choices
more research into better chemotherapy drugs
programs that stress early detection and intervention
better surgical techniques to remove all cancer cells

34. What is the disease that involves changes in the nerves and chemicals of the brain leading to memory loss, personality changes, and complete dependency?

Parkinson’s
Alzheimer’s
Paget’s
Grave’s

35. Which of the following is not a disorder related to hypertension?

congestive heart failure
stroke
diabetes mellitus
heart attack

A: If you are taking a health class online, you should have been provided reading material.
I can’t give you the answers as that would be cheating but I can provide sites where by reading 2 or 3 paragraphs, you can find the answers rapidly.

26) HIV
http://www.epigee.org/health/hiv_symptoms.html

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hiv-aids/DS00005/DSECTION=symptoms

27) Diabetes in young adults and children
http://mayoclinic.com/health/type-1-diabetes-in-children/DS00931
The next one is a must read if you are taking a health class – longer but it provides some very interesting information
http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/23/3/381.full.pdf
Here’s an easy one:
http://www.battlediabetes.com/double-diabetes-placing-your-kids-at-even-more-risk/
Now THINK when you read this next one:

http://doctor.website2go.com/p6.html

28) Not a warning sign of skin cancer
You should be able to get this one easily

http://ezinearticles.com/?Skin-Cancer-Warning-Signs—Five-Signs-and-How-to-Prevent-Skin-Cancer&id=2254326

29) Most dangerous form of skin cancer
You’re going to have to do some reading here:

http://ezinearticles.com/?Melanoma—Surviving-the-Least-Common-But-Most-Dangerous-Form-of-Skin-Cancer&id=1597441

30) This one is on you – think back to after 9/11 and remember the scares at various places. You can already eliminate 2 choices: stroke and bovine spongiform encephalopathy. How is West Nile transmitted? Not through the mail.

31) Diarrhea
This is just a matter of looking up each word and doing some simple reasoning – you are looking for a general answer. Do all people with diarrhea have cancer? Isn’t Crohn’s a specialized disease? Look up dysentry – how do people get it? Is it specific or general. Lastly look up IBS or irritable bowel syndrome. Does that feel like the logical answer?

32) Start by looking up atherosclerosis. Ok the answer should be there but if it isn’t…think.
Are steroids a fat? yes/No
Does everyone who has athrosclerosis use olive oil? What diets is olive oil good for?
Now look up cholesterol and then phospholipids. Or to save time just go to Wikipedia and look up Atherosclerosis – your answer is in the first paragraph.

33) What is key to starting cancer treatment?

http://www.canceradvice.co.uk/cancer-news/may-2007/cancer-survival-rates-114/

34) This one is more difficult because it describes the end stages of PD with dementia and it describes completely AD. Think it through. You should also at least know what Grave’s disease is and how it requires early intervention. Did you know that Marty Feldman of Young Frankenstein had Graves? That’s what caused the bulging eyes although it is certainly not the most common symptom.
And most certainly read about the very painful Paget’s disease.

35) First you should figure out what hypertension is – the rest is easy.
Just make a selection from the drop down – keep returning and reading. Or just be logical because you already know that diabetes is pancreatic.

http://www.webmd.com/hypertension-high-blood-pressure/default.htm

If you don’t know how to conduct a search, this should help – the search parameters were dictated by the questions.

I can be reached through Yahoo Answers

Q: Can you PLEASE help me solve these!? 10 extra points*?
I’m taking my health class online and I have no clue what these questions mean!
PLEASEPLEASEPLEASEPLEASE
HELPP MEE!!!

26. How does HIV affect the body?

It infects red blood cells, decreasing the amount of oxygen the blood can carry.
It infects certain white blood cells, destroying the immune system and making the body susceptible to infection.
It infects the alveoli of the lungs, reducing lung capacity and the effectiveness of the respiratory system.
It infects blood-forming cells in the bone marrow, producing anemia and destroying the immune system.

27. Which type of diabetes generally occurs in young adults and children and always requires insulin as part of the treatment plan?

type 1
type 2
type 3
type 4

28. Which of the following is NOT a warning sign of skin cancer?

crushing chest pain
a sore that does not heal
unusual bleeding or discharge
thickening or lumps

29. What is the most fatal form of skin cancer associated with moles?

squamous cell carcinoma
basal cell carcinoma
malignant melanoma
acute cell melanoma

30. What disease is caused by a bacteria and can be sent in a powdery form for bioterrorism and leads to difficulty breathing and even death?

West Nile virus
anthrax
bovine spongiform encephalopathy
stroke

31. What is the general name for all infections that cause diarrhea to occur?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Crohn’s Disease
Colon Cancer
Dysentery

32. Which fat leads to atherosclerosis and can contribute to one’s risk of a heart attack or stroke?

steroids
cholesterol
phospholipids
olive oil

33. What is key to improve cancer’s survival rates?

improve people’s nutrition and lifestyle choices
more research into better chemotherapy drugs
programs that stress early detection and intervention
better surgical techniques to remove all cancer cells

34. What is the disease that involves changes in the nerves and chemicals of the brain leading to memory loss, personality changes, and complete dependency?

Parkinson’s
Alzheimer’s
Paget’s
Grave’s

35. Which of the following is not a disorder related to hypertension?

congestive heart failure
stroke
diabetes mellitus
heart attack

A: I provided as many of the search areas as Yahoo Answers permits (10) at the other area where you placed your question:

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AiF.VHHg301RYLVdIslr1twjzKIX;_ylv=3?qid=20090806211605AALgfYl

I do want to mention that if you are taking this course because it is a requirement for a field other than Health, it is still important to learn how to research for a quick answer.

The whole idea of taking a course is to learn something…not just to get unearned credit.

Here are some of the best and easiest sites to use:
http://health.nih.gov/
Just type in the keyword – disease in the box and you will be given a selection. Try the first and second ones.

Another easy site is the Mayo Clinic using the same procedure as above::

http://www.mayoclinic.com/

That said here are the best keywords and other info to use for each question:

26) I provided website information in my previous answer – this is one where you should really read – I’d avoid Wikipedia on this one as it will just confuse you.

27) The answers are in the other answer I provided
Type in “Diabetes Type 4″ to begin with – you’ll find a shorter selection which will lead you to a discussion of all types and therefore your answer.

28) Warning signs of skin cancer or just think logically and then double check.

29) Fatal form of skin cancer
“Most dangerous form of skin cancer”
or just enter each term provided in the multiple choice

30) Begin at the top of your list and stop when you think you have the answer – If you’re not sure, continue to the last 2.

31) Begin at the top of your list and check each term.

32) The search is “atherosclerosis” – very basic

33) Cancer – survival
You could also type in “American Cancer Society”

http://www.cancer.org/docroot/home/index.asp

34) Begin with Alzheimer’s disease
move on to Parkinson’s disease
Paget’s Disease
Graves disease

35) “Hypertension”
and then each of the choices

You can do this and you need to do it. Would you want a doctor or nurse who made it through med school by getting the answers at Yahoo Answers?

Q: More questions about aspartame, diet soda, etc.?
I am 15 years old and I was diagnosed with type one diabetes on X-mas day, 2006. Since then, I have drank (very) roughly 1/2 of a liter of diet soda a day. Everywhere I go on the internet it seems someone has a different opinion on aspartame. I realize most of you aren’t doctors or dietitians, however I’m just looking for some more opinion. Some people say they suffered migraines and memory loss, and after stopping the consumption of diet soda, their symptoms stopped. I, for one, have never felt any different now then I felt before I started drinking diet soda. Others say that the whole deal with aspartame being a poison is all a hoax.

I guess what I want to know is, what do you think of aspartame? Have you or friends/family suffered any sort of symptom which ceased after the exclusion of diet soda from the diet? Will I suffer long term effects (such as cancer, brain tumors) if I continue to drink as much diet soda as I do?

Thanks in advance.

A: Here’s the thing…I’ve had Type 1 for 24 years, and I’ve been drinking Diet Coke constantly since then. I used to have as many as 6-8 cans’ worth a day, now I’m down to 1 or 2 because I’m avoiding caffeine. If there was anything wrong with aspartame, I would be so dead by now. I have never heard of a documented case of someone getting ill from it, or a credible link to it’s use. So I think it’s as safe as anything else. There are a lot of paranoid statements out there like “Aspartame is also an ingredient in antifreeze” and stuff like that. Well, so is water! Lots of things have common ingredients, so that’s a bunch of nonsense.

Also, one answerer said that diet soda has very high sodium – it’s actually very low, 1 can only has 2% of your recommended daily intake. But it does have a lot of acid, which can damage tooth enamel and can cause stomach problems if you have an existing ulcer.

Q: I’m sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. Can someone give me an idea of what is wrong?
I’ve been feeling sick for quite awhile. I have type 1 diabetes and I had a full thyroid removal about 2 months ago. I have not medically gotten any better, just WORSE!

Symptoms:
Fatigue, tiredness, brain fog, poor memory, dizziness, depression, irritability, anxiety, nausea, loss of appetite, stomach pain & cramping, tremors, itchiness, yellow skin, insomnia, difficulty concentrating, panic attacks, loose stools / diarrhea, breathlessness, aching muscles / body ache, joint pain, back pain, dry skin, numbness & tingling, weakness, waking panic attack, severe mood swings, feeling of antisocial, no sex drive.

My husband is tired of my “attitude” but I don’t have one it’s just the way that I feel. MISERABLE. Any ideas?
Also, I see the doctor tomorrow, but they just keep acting like I am insane and do nothing to help improve me, just wait. I am tired of waiting!
Self-harming? Okay some people with real ideas please. Thanks <3

A: you might see if they can check your hormone levels.
Im no doc but it might help.
Good luck

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