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Old 02-01-2013, 10:27 AM   #1
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Sugar in Urine during physical! Need help! Job on line!

Hi, first off, I am 27 years old, 170lbs. I exercise on average 3 days a week consisting of 45 minutes of weight lifting and 30~ minutes of cardio and 30~ sauna each time, I would consider myself to have a decent exercise schedule. I eat 'decently', when I say that I mean no sodas, low carb/sugar diet on most days, 1-2 'cheat days' per week where I do tend to pig out, but I think I eat better than most; very little fast food. I drink alcohol on average 1-2 times a week, but no more than a few drinks each time.

Anyways.....I was recently offered a very good job with the Federal Government, but I am required to get a physical and a clean bill of health first. Yesterday I went to the doctor because I've been fighting a sinus/upper resp. cold the past few weeks. I was prescribed an antibiotic and a 6 day Prednisone taper thing. I had to take 6 pills yesterday, 5 today, 4 tomm, etc. So I took the 6 yesterday and had taken two this morning at breakfast before my physical. I got a urine test done and it came back as having sugar in my urine! The doctor seemed a little alarmed because I told him I have no other symptoms (Extreme hunger/thirst, weight loss/gain, etc). So he recommended that I get a A1C (I think?) done which I did and I will get the results on Monday. One uncle on my Dad's side of the family does have diabetes but he is very overweight and has never taken care of himself (He kinda is a poster child for diabetes IMO). I am very worried about this because I have always lived, what I consider, a very normal lifestyle and have never had any health issues. Can anyone give me to advice or anything concerning this? Could the steroid cause this? Thanks!!!!

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Old 02-01-2013, 07:59 PM   #2
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Re: Sugar in Urine during physical! Need help! Job on line!

Dennis, First of all not all diabetics are overweight. Alot of us were living the "normal life" when we were diagnoised with diabetes. There other rare causes of sugar in your urine however. Since you do not have any other symptoms it is possible you are prediabetic. That means numbers higher then they should be but not high enough to call you a full blown diabetic. You said you have 1 or 2 splurge days a week and drink a couple of drinks a few times a week. Did you do either of these or both the day before the physical? Good luck to you and let us know how the HBA1C turns out.

 
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Old 02-01-2013, 09:13 PM   #3
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Dennis, First of all not all diabetics are overweight. Alot of us were living the "normal life" when we were diagnoised with diabetes. There other rare causes of sugar in your urine however. Since you do not have any other symptoms it is possible you are prediabetic. That means numbers higher then they should be but not high enough to call you a full blown diabetic. You said you have 1 or 2 splurge days a week and drink a couple of drinks a few times a week. Did you do either of these or both the day before the physical? Good luck to you and let us know how the HBA1C turns out.
I haven't had any alcohol for about 5 days and the two days prior I ate pretty conservatively because I knew I had the physical coming up. This whole situation is just alarming to me, I would have been less shocked if I was told I had cancer! Do you all know if the steroid would or could cause this? I have had cotton mouth for the past 2 days, ever since I started taking it but not before. I was explaining this situation to my girlfriends Mom who is a nurse and she almost laughed at all of this. She asked me 20 questions about what I did the prior day and whatnot. I told her that I peed before I went to bed last night, which is when I took 2 of the steroid pills, woke up this morning, took 2 more steroid pills with a protein shake for breakfast, went to the physical and gave my sample. She thought that was probably the cause for the sugar. Not sure though, just alarming to me. Any other advice or suggestions?

 
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Re: Sugar in Urine during physical! Need help! Job on line!

Steroids can raise your blood sugar. I'd wait and see what your A1c is and go from there. You don't have to be overweight to get type 2, despite what the media seems to tell us.

I was one of those who surprised my doctors with my diagnosis because I was "too young and too thin to have type 2". I had GD when I was pregnant and weighed less than 100lbs. I certainly didn't eat any worse than anyone else...if anything, I was always the one getting scolding for not eating enough. Sometimes it just happens and there is nothing you did to cause it!

For now...don't worry too much about it. Wait and see what your A1c is first. It may just be the steroids.
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Old 02-02-2013, 09:54 PM   #5
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So while I wait for my results to come back, I bought a pack of Ketone stripe and have been checking myself all day. All negative or at the most, the color MAY meet the 'trace' color....

 
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Oh, yeah...steroids can make your blood sugar go totally whacky, and the effect can last for several days or longer. I'd wait a couple of weeks if you can and redo the tests.

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Old 02-05-2013, 01:31 PM   #7
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Just got the results. 5.3!!!!!

 
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Way to go, Dennis. I bet that protein was an aberration caused by the steroids. So glad you got a good A1C.

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