I'm going to continue with a series of questions and answers about diabetes topics that I started last month. Last time I answered six questions; here are six more...
7.) My son consistently has high blood glucose levels. They range in the high 100’s to 200 [mg/dL; 11.1 mmol/L], and even in the 300 [mg/dL; 16.7 mmol/L] range. I have tested his blood glucose first thing in the morning and consistently get readings in the 150+ range. His pediatrician checked his A1C and it was in the normal range at 5.5. She stated that he is okay and that there is nothing further to be done. I am wondering if there is anything else I should do or if I should take the pediatrician’s word for it and not be concerned?
As you suspect, blood glucose levels that are elevated in the range that you report that your son has, just don't fit with a normal A1C level. Yes, there are things to be done. First, recheck the A1C -- it might have been a fluke lab error; it should have been elevated if...
Measuring stiffness in arthritic knees is not easy. Most often, doctors rely on the patient's report of stiffness. The most common way to measure stiffness is through the use of a self-report tool called the WOMAC . The WOMAC is a survey including 24 questions about pain, function, and stiffness in patients with knee osteoarthritis (KOA). In this study, physical therapists use a three-camera computerized video system to measure stiffness of the knee. Two groups of adults were tested. The first group had X-ray diagnosis of KOA and reported pain in the last month. The second (control) group were healthy adults matched by age and sex. One test was performed on each person in both groups. The test was repeated a second time within two weeks of the first test. For each trial, the person sat on an exam table in a relaxed position. The thigh was supported by the table. The knee was bent with the lower leg dangling off the table. With the person relaxed, the tester straightened the leg and then re...
Generic Name: EMOLLIENTS - TOPICAL Pretty Feet Hands Top Uses
This medication has 2 types of ingredients (emollient,
keratolytic) that work together to treat or prevent dry, rough, scaly, itchy
skin (e.g., eczema, keratosis, xerosis). Dry skin is caused by a loss of water
in the upper layer of the skin. Emollients are substances that soften and
moisturize the skin and decrease itching and flaking. Emollients/moisturizers
work by forming an oily layer on the top of the skin that traps water in the
skin. Petrolatum, lanolin, mineral oil, and dimethicone are common
Lactic acid, salicylic acid, and urea are keratolytics.
They increase moisture in the skin by softening/dissolving the horny substance
(keratin) holding the top layer of skin cells together. This helps the dead
skin cells fall off and helps the skin keep more water in. Higher strengths of
urea are used to treat corns, callous, and some nail problems (e.g., ingrown...
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