• 1 month ago

    Am I diabetic

    I went to the doctor about a month ago because I had symptoms of diabetes. They checked my blood sugar and it was normal. (5.3)
    Now I am still frequently using the bathroom and drinking alot. I am also always tired and I can be very alive and happy at one time and five mins later in exhausted and ready to sleep. I'm wondering if it's possible for me to have developed diabetes since they checked my blood sugar or if I'm in the complete wrong track and have something else.

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  • 30 days ago

    RE: Am I diabetic

    Fasting blood sugars are often the last to go. Have you had an A1C test done or was it just blood sugar? If you really want to know, get a cheap meter (Relion at Walmart is good) and a few strips and test a few times 2 hours after the start of a meal. If it's above 140 (give or take a little - meters read about 15% +-) you've got some glucose impairment. Don't rely on one test only, do a few and see what you see.
      • 25 days ago
        A. 6 out of 10 Type 2 Diabetics have elevated blood pressure (130 or higher)

        B. 6 out of 10 T2D's, also, commonly Cholesterol issues (too low HDL, too high LDL or too high triglyceride)

        C. Finally, almost 9 out of 10 Type 2 Diabetics are overweight.

        D. Family History Type 2 Diabetes tends to "run" in families (Does other members have T2D?)


        So, if I was normal weight, did not have high blood pressure or high cholesterol and none of my other family members had Type 2 Diabetes...I'd wait for my next check up and request both a (1.) fasting blood sugar test (fast for a minimum of 10 hrs before blood draw), (2.)
        Hemoglobin A1C test.

        But, if I had A, B, C, or, especially, D (strong family history), I'd start "acting as if (I had Type 2 Diabetes)".



        You see, Type 2 Diabetes is simply a condition of very poor health. Healthy, fit, active people who watch their diet, carefully, and refrain from dosing excessive amounts of salt, sugar, processed ("white) carbs, alcohol, cigarettes.......you'll seldom see these folks with high blood pressure, high cholesterol or Type 2 Diabetes.

        A, B, C and high blood sugar (diabetes) are, all, STRONGLY correlated to deteriorating health. This is why all of these conditions tend to begin showing up in middle age and beyond. It takes a long time (decades) when your body begins developing "metabolic" issues. And, the older you get the worse these conditions become, unless, you take "intervention" measures to improve your health.

        Bottomline: This is basically how doctors "diagnose" Type 2 Diabetes in patients. Besides showing signs of elevated blood sugar levels, "Is the patient overweight/obese?" "Do they have high blood pressure?" "Do they have high Cholesterol?" Does the patient show a family history of Type 2 Diabetes?"
        "Do they have sleep apnea?
        "Do they have gastrointestinal problems like IBS or Chrohn's?"
        "Do they have insomnia?"
        "Do they do little to no exercise?"
        "Do they eat crap on a frequent basis?"
        "Are they stressed out, have marital problems or are they unemployed?"...

        The doctor asks the patients all these questions and, then, he adds up the "checkmarks". If he suspects you have Type 2 Diabetes, he'll say, "Lets run some more tests..."

        Do you still need a doctor?
  • 21 days ago

    RE: Am I diabetic

    During you bloodwork did you have your iron levels checked?