Patient discussion about elderly

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Q. Here is a challenging question for you. Do you look young or old for your age?

Hi,Here is a challenging question for you. Do you look young or old for your age?
A1Unfortunately I look older than my age, people say that I look 22-25. However I'm just 20. I'm not a smoker, I don't drink alcohol every week, so I have no idea. :)
A2LOL... funny question...
I look younger than my age... I am turnig 30 in a few days and still get carded at the liquour store every time I go... People say I look like I am in my early 20's... But I smoke so that will change...:0)
A3just today someone said i look like i was in my 30s, but i am not.

Q. I have a 16 month old, I was just wondering what is a good age to indroduce soda?

I have a friend who already indroduced soda to her 2 year old. At the time her child was only 13 months.
A1Why give her that? Even as adults, there's no special benefit from soda (or other carbonated beverages), and as a child the nutritionally-poor soda may make your child feel full so he or she may not want to eat more important food such as vegetables or protein.
A2 Toddlers that age should drink milk or water. There is no nutritional value and kids do not need all that extra sugar in their diet. Soda contains phosphorous which can interfere with calcium absorption which toddlers need for their developing bones. I don't think that an occassinal soda would be bad, just long as they don't have 24/7 access to soda. Hope this helps.

Q. My elder sister is 29 years old, 150 cm tall, into her ninth month of pregnancy. she had a sugar test

My elder sister is 29 years old, 150 cm tall, into her ninth month of pregnancy. she had a sugar test done during her first trimester, which revealed her blood sugar to be 95 mg/dl. My doctor asked her to go for a 75 g GTT at 6 months and the readings were: fasting sugar - 90 mg/dl, 1hour: 144 mg/dl and 2 hour: 114 mg/dl. At the beginning of pregnancy, her weight was 62 Kg and now she weigh 72Kg. A random sugar test at 32 weeks reported blood sugar to be 105 mg/dl. she continued with her normal food cravings, which were a little high on sugar levels since she mostly enjoyed eating sweets. She wants to know whether or not she suffering from gestational diabetes?
A1Gestational diabetes is also diagnosed based on plasma glucose values measured during the OGTT. Blood glucose levels are checked four times during the test. If your blood glucose levels are above normal at least twice during the test, you have gestational diabetes. Below shows the results for the OGTT for gestational diabetes.

Fasting: 95 mg/dL or higher
At 1 hour: 180 mg/dL or higher
At 2 hours: 155 mg/dL or higher
At 3 hours: 140 mg/dL or higher

So your sister does not have Gestational diabetes.

If you want to know details about gestational diabetes, Visit:
http://healthy-ojas.com/html/diabetes_mellitus.html
A2according to this:
http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/gestational/#5
it's not so sure she is diabetic. but i would ask a Dr. about it.
A3Hi davisbk, one of my friend who is a doctor said that You do not have gestational diabetes till now as per all test reports. There are very little chances of developing it in the last 4 week, however, you should continue to have your sugar levels monitoring during this period. Gaining 10 kg is on the higher side and because of this, you must limit the intake of saturated fats as well as free sugars such as fruit juices and sugar added to tea and coffee. Taking a whole fruit with the roughage would be a better option.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzTRekyzc_I

Q. my child is 10 years old ... and like many other in his age range , he suffer form a little problem of over

weight .. now i am carious , in cases like that is it common to start a diet or other nutrition , because there is the complication where in this period of his life he needs to grow up and and his metabolism is very fast .. so what diet will fit his needs ?
Ai understand your concern but if you will conduct a healthy diet- it will help him develop and not the other way around. obesity in children has a tremendous effect on life because of the fact you mentioned. think of it- his whole body adapting itself for obesity. it's hart lungs GI system will develop differently. this is the time to inflict your child healthy habits. sport, good and balanced nutrition and avoiding unhealthy diets.

http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=4575

Q. As a senior citizen, I am having trouble finding a "good" doctor, kind and considerate. How do I find one?

I have asked friends, but their doctors are not taking new clients. The hospital gave me the name of a tyrant, who will not follow DoD's orders for prescriptions to be filled. She treats me like an imbecile. I am struggling to find a new doctor, kind and understanding, who listens to their patients. There don't seem to be any in Reno anymore.
Afinding a good doctor is not an easy task. taking tips from friends is the best system. but as you said- you tried that. i myself don't know any good doctor in Nevada. but i can give you a link to an article that gives you tips about how to find a good doc. it's a good one:

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2000/05/04/48hours/main192042.shtml

Q. What to expect from a Parkinson's patient?

My 70 year old father has been diagnosed with Parkinson's. What will he be like from now on, what to expect?
A1Some of the symptoms of Parkinson's disease are:
• Trembling of hands, arms, legs, jaw and face
• Stiffness of the arms, legs and trunk
• Slowness of movement
• Poor balance and coordination
The symptoms usually get worse with time and then people with the disease may have trouble walking, talking or doing simple tasks.
A2 Parkinson's is both chronic, meaning it persists over a long period of time, and progressive, meaning its symptoms grow worse over time. There are differences in its effects on patients; some people become severely disabled, while others experience only minor motor disruptions. Tremor is the major symptom for some patients, while for others tremor is only a minor complaint and other symptoms are more troublesome. Also the intensity of the symptoms varies from person to person.
A3Parkinson's disease (PD) is a progressive disorder of the nervous system. PD is characterized by four main features: rigidity or stiffness of the arms, legs or neck; tremor, usually of the hands; bradykinesia or slowness and reduction of movement; and postural instability (loss of balance). Other symptoms may accompany the main features, including depression, dementia or confusion, postural deformity, speech and swallowing difficulty, drooling, dizziness on standing, impotence, urinary frequency and constipation.
For the complete article:
http://www.pdcaregiver.org/WhatIsParkinsons.html

Common Symptoms:
http://www.pdf.org/AboutPD/symptoms.cfm

Hope this helps.
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