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Open Q & A - Dr. Rajamani, April 8, 2014

Dr. Rajamani @ Unity:
Welcome to the Unity Diabetes Online Community! I’m Dr. Rajamani, an endocrinologist at the Unity Diabetes Center, and I’ll be hosting today’s chat. We’re glad you could join us today. I’m excited to answer all of your diabetes-related questions. Before we get started, let me just tell you how we’ll address your questions and comments today. I answer questions one at a time, in the order that they are posted to the site, and there might be a slight delay as I respond to each question.
Dr. Rajamani @ Unity:
It may take a few minutes for me to type answers to your questions, so please stay logged-in to the chat to see my response, even if it takes a few minutes. And you might need to refresh every few minutes to keep up with the latest posts in the chat if you switch to another application on your computer.
Dr. Rajamani @ Unity:
Hi Jane!
Jane@Unity:
Hi Dr. Rajamani!
A pt. asks, what if you have higher blood sugars (about 200 mg/dl) consistently? Are you exempt from complications?
Jane@Unity:
Another pt. asks, how does high potassium impact your blood sugars?
Dr. Rajamani @ Unity:
Jane, That BG of 200 on average is equal to a HbA1c of 8.6 approximately increasing the risk of complications
Dr. Rajamani @ Unity:
I don't know if high potassium can affect blood sugars, but high blood sugars can affect the serum potassium level (raising the potassium level)
Jane@Unity:
Is eye damage reversible?
Dr. Rajamani @ Unity:
The formula I use for HbA1c and estimated average glucose is (HbA1c x 30 )-60 =Estimated average glucose for the last 2 months.
Jane@Unity:
If you are taking medication for kidney disease, will that help the kidneys?
Dr. Rajamani @ Unity:
Eye damage is reversible (especially with the intraocular injections of medication for diabetic retinopathy)
Dr. Rajamani @ Unity:
The medications can slow the development of renal failure
Jane@Unity:
Thank you Dr. Rajamani!!
Dr. Rajamani @ Unity:
That’s all the time we have for today. I’ve really enjoyed our conversation and hope that I was able to provide some insight for you. If we didn’t get to your question today or if you think of another question later on – feel free to jump into the conversation in the forum, or submit a question using our “Ask an expert” feature. Be sure to join us for our next chat Tuesday, April 22 at 8 p.m. Marilyn Konezney, C.D.E. will be hosting an open Q&A with Dr. Toufic Rizk, Medical Director of the Unity.
Dr. Rajamani @ Unity:
Thanks!
 
 
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