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Old 01-30-2013, 10:48 AM   #1
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About 6 weeks ago, I noticed that I felt really crummy after eating sweet and carbs - super tired. Then, a couple of weeks later, I started getting very thirsty & dehydrated, going to the bathroom a lot and I am very tired. Also, I have some blurry vision. Went to see my GP and had the H1AC, which came back 5.7. I also have a strong family history of diabetes (father, grandfather, all 3 uncles). I already follow a very low-carb diet, exercise regularly and am thin. So, not sure what else I can do to control it, if in fact, it is diabetes.

My regular dr referred me to an endrocronologist who was rather dismissive of my symptoms and said my H1AC and fasting blood sugar (97 when he took it in his office) wasn't diabetes and told me to come back in three months for another H1AC. In the meantime, I feel pretty crummy. Not sure what to do next. He said if I was really concerned, I could have the fasting glucose tolerance test, which I'll do. When I've tested my own blood sugar, I've gotten some moderately high #'s, 100 to 120 fasting.

Is it normal to have not super high/pre diabetic blood sugar levels with these symptoms??

 
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Old 01-30-2013, 10:59 PM   #2
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What are your numbers like after eating? I would try testing 1hr and 2hrs after meals. Your fasting numbers are a bit elevated. I was diagnosed with an OGTT. At that time my fasting numbers were normal (80-90) range and my A1c was 5.6. The OGTT showed the whole picture...my 1 and 2 hour numbers were over 200. I've heard that fasting numbers are often the last to go and that usually after meal numbers are affected first.

I was diagnosed a few years ago and still haven't had a fasting bg over 100.
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Old 01-31-2013, 10:55 AM   #3
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Thanks for you reply. It sounds like we have a very similar situation.

Yes, I think the glucose tolerance test will be very telling....whenever I eat sugar, my numbers jump up really high & I feel terrible. I'm sort of dreading the test, though...how was the experience for you? Also, if I can ask, how are you treating your diabetes? Are you on medication?

 
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How was the test? Well the techs had trouble finding my vein and I passed out after the first blood draw. They did a fasting draw, then had me drink the glucose drink, then did draws at 1/2hr, 1hr, and 2hrs later. I started feeling pretty crappy around the hour mark, but my bg was pretty high. It's not a fun test, but it's worth it for the information it gives you.

Currently I'm on 500mg of Metformin 2 to 3x/day and have to limit carbs. I use my meter to find out what foods do to my blood sugar and adjust until I see numbers I like (under 140mg/dl by 2 hours generally). Foods like bread, pasta, rice, cereal, and even fruits need to be limited or cut out. Even the so called healthy whole grains are bad for blood sugar so I only have them once in awhile and in small amounts.
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Thanks so much for the info - I really appreciate it and it was very insightful. We'll see how the glucose tolerance test goes!

 
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