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What causes weakness due to uncontrolled blood sugar levels? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 08-Jan-2014
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User:is this doctor
User:Hello Doctor
User:Good Evening
User:I have a question
User:my father in law who is aged 63
Doctor:Good evening
User:he has sugar
Doctor:Please go ahead
User:and my wife was telling me that he is having some issues
User:she said that whenever he is urinating, he is becoming very weak
User:he is draining out all his energy itseems
User:is that suppose to happen like that
Doctor:It seems that his blood sugar is not controlled
Doctor:What is his HBA1C levels
User:what is he supposed to do
Doctor:another reason can be infection of urine
User:does he need a check up
Doctor:We need to get his blood tests done like fasting blood glucose and HBA1C
Doctor:Also urine examination, culture and sensitivity
Doctor:Yes he needs a check up
Doctor:weakness should not be ignored
User:so he is complaining that vitamins and minerals might be draining out through urine
User:and that is the reason for weakness
Doctor:If other tests have not been done in past 1 year then go for complete evaluation
User:ok sure
User:alrighty doctor
Doctor:Electrolytes and vitamins do get excreted in urine but only if they are excess
User:so thats not the reason for his weakness
Doctor:Usually sugar in urine is the culprit
User:ooh ok
Doctor:Sugar gets excreted in urine if it is not controlled well
Doctor:weakness may just be a symptom of increased sugar
Doctor:But the diagnosis will be made by his examining doctor
User:ok great
Doctor:till then he needs to take high protein and nutritious diet devoid of sugar
User:i would inform about that
User:6 months back he had 6.4 it seems for HBA1c
Doctor:that is within limits
User:alrighty Mam
User:he is going for a check up tomorrow
User:he is relieved now
User:i have another question also
Doctor:Hope it helps
User:its regarding me
User:before i got married for almost 5/6 years i used to eat outside
User:i used to lot of gastric problems
User:like burping and rest
User:not stomach ache as such
User:but i used to be fine
User:but ever since i got married, if i ever eat anything apart my rice, my stomach is not able to digest it well
User:i mean anything i eat from outside, i have issues digesting it
User:is that normal
User:or am i having any issues with my digestive system
Doctor:It seems that you are having some issue with liver
User:is that something i should be worrying
Doctor:burping happens because you were taking unhygienic food
Doctor:Now you are taking hygienic food
Doctor:that is why you are unable to digest outside food
User:so whats with the liver
Doctor:Take your precautions to prevent stomach infections
Doctor:Liver may be affected because of some infection of the gut and may result in bloating
Doctor:you can get liver function test including SGOT, SGPT, Sr bilirubin and serum protein-albumin and globulin
Doctor:Drink water from reverse osmosis technique
User:is there any other symptons that i might have due to this
User:i recently have some hair loss
Doctor:Mostly its just bloating
User:i dont feel bloating anymore
Doctor:If the food was not getting digested you would have loss of weight
User:its very rare
User:i increased weight though
User:ok one more question mam regarding the same
User:my stools would be also be semi solid when i have something from outside
User:or whenever i dont eat rice
User:somehow only rice is something that i can get digested
Doctor:Is it related to wheat intake?
User:i didnt understand
Doctor:If you take wheat, you feel that you have loose motions
User:well sometimes yes
User:i mean if i take roti i have loose motions
User:is wheat supposed to cause loose motions
Doctor:Not normally
Doctor:But it may be wheat intolerance
User:and one more thing, how i do know if i'm not passsing blood in stools
User:does is appear like blood in color
Doctor:Blood in stools is confirmed with a test of stools
Doctor:it is called as becal occult blood test
User:but when should i go to get that test done
User:i XXXXXXX what should i be looking for
Doctor:If there is lots of blood then the colour of stools may change
User:change to
User:which color
Doctor:Usually elderly people go for this test for screening of colon cancer
Doctor:the colour may be blood red,maroon , greenish or tarry black
User:so mam, the color of the stool changes according to the diet we have right
Doctor:depending on the source of bleeding
Doctor:yes it does change with diet
User:so if the above colors should be continues, you should be worried
User:or if it comes for a day and goes off,
User:thats not a cause to worry is it
Doctor:then it maybe because of diet
User:i read somewhere this one too mam
User:alchohol also gives you loose stools
User:is that true
User:because, whenever i drink beer, i have this problem
User:my stools would be loose for that day and again normal the next
Doctor:yes it can cause problems with digestion
User:so is that normal or is that something related to liver
Doctor:alcohol can also affect liver
Doctor:loose stool cannot be considered normal
Doctor:thus the cause should be found and taken care of
Doctor:Do you have any question?
User:none mam
User:so what do you suggest
User:what tests should i be taking
User:you can get liver function test including SGOT, SGPT, Sr bilirubin and serum protein-albumin and globulin
Doctor:also anti-tissue transglutiminase IgA antibodies
Doctor:along with FOBT
User:is this blood test
Doctor:The antibodies test is for celiac disease -wheat protein intolerance
Doctor:FOBT is a stool test
User:alrighty mam
User:thank you Doctor
User:nothing else
User:you been helpful
Doctor:Thanks for consulting
Doctor:Take care
User:you too
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