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Skinny, 20 year old told not to worry. 108 fasting glucose


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Old 03-29-2009, 18:56   #1
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My son has just turned 20. He was tired all the time and I urged him to go see a doctor. We have a strong history of autoimmune disease in our family and it concerned me.
The results of his blood work showed high glucose level and they wanted to retest. The second test done two weeks after the first showed a fasting glucose of 108, better the nurse said than the first one but his long term glucose was still a little higher than it should be. She told him to cut back on sugar. Her example was if he drank pop to cut back to just one a day and he should be fine.
They did not ask him to get rechecked at a future date.
I am very concerned. My son weighs only 116 lb. , exercises and does tai chi. My brother at 39 was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. His doctor told him not to worry when he first had slightly high glucose reading ,all he needed was to lose a little weight. He lost weight and kept losing and kept losing and couldn't stop. By the time he was diagnosed he had neropathy and other problems.
Should my son and I be concerned?

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Yes, I would be concerned. I would go for a second opinion, preferably to an endocinologist.

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Hello and welcome! I agree with Ruby. An endocrinologist is a diabetes specialist and is more likely to give a correct diagnosis. Good luck to you and your son!

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My son has just turned 20. He was tired all the time and I urged him to go see a doctor. We have a strong history of autoimmune disease in our family and it concerned me.
The results of his blood work showed high glucose level and they wanted to retest. The second test done two weeks after the first showed a fasting glucose of 108, better the nurse said than the first one but his long term glucose was still a little higher than it should be. She told him to cut back on sugar. Her example was if he drank pop to cut back to just one a day and he should be fine.
They did not ask him to get rechecked at a future date.
I am very concerned. My son weighs only 116 lb. , exercises and does tai chi. My brother at 39 was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. His doctor told him not to worry when he first had slightly high glucose reading ,all he needed was to lose a little weight. He lost weight and kept losing and kept losing and couldn't stop. By the time he was diagnosed he had neropathy and other problems.
Should my son and I be concerned?
I bought a glucose monitor and gave it to my son to test his blood glucose. He isn't very consistant at taking it but I have encouraged him to try for a few weeks so we can get a good log off what is happening.
The results so far over a week are:
breakfast 186 121 lunch 106 92 supper 107 138
106 96
135 120 228 125 132
102 100 98 93 136
84 143 120 214
138 103
105 140

I know some of his pre -breakfast numbers don't look good but what about the rest?

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Wekcome TeeL Cee, Has he been using the toilet too often, Thirsty, Hungry and lack energy?

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He has been tired which is why I encouraged him to see the doctor. I 'm not sure about the rest.
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He has been tired which is why I encouraged him to see the doctor. I 'm not sure about the rest.
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Hello TeeLCee:

A 20 year old Male only weighing 116 lbs. is suspicious although it can happen without Diabetes being in the picture. (My Hubby at age 25 was about 123 lbs. He took after his mother plus he was into martial arts. He did gain more weight after we were married).

One of the symptoms of Diabetes is weight-loss. So if your Son was more than 116 lbs. at some point(say 120)and started losing weight without trying, that could mean Diabetes. Or if he is not thriving.

Having someone else in the family with Diabetes or other autoimmune diseases is another reason(with other symptoms) to check for Diabetes. Does he get frequent headaches? Say one or twice a week?

Being thirsty often and needing to urinate often are also(although not always)main symptoms of Diabetes, especially Type 1.

As far as being tired, yes that is a symptom of Diabetes but People get tired for other reasons also. There was a study last year that showed that most Teenagers and young Adults go through a phase where they were tired almost everyday, all day but by evening they had more energy. (Both my Kids went through this. They are not Diabetic).

Depression also causes fatigue and sometimes visa versa.

As far as his numbers, you didn't say which were before or after meal numbers or what he had to eat or if he exercised. But truly, I do not like the numbers 186, 228 and 214. I would be concerned. He could have Diabetes but be in the "honey-moon" phase which would help to keep his sugars down along with his exercise.

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The levels didn't post the way I wanted them to. I have asked him to keep track of what he eats in his log and I suppose he should watch what he drinks between meals too. He has had headaches for several years and being skinny could be natural as I am skinny myself but I know for a while he was eating to try and gain weight and drinking a high calorie drink that was suppose to help him. He had no luck at all.
I will try to post his numbers again. He tested before he ate and then 2 hours after( when he remembered).
breakfast, Lunch, Supper
186-121, 106-92, 107-138
106-96,
135-120, 228-125, 132-
102-100, 98-___, 93-136
84-143, 120-214,
Hope this comes out better.
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The levels didn't post the way I wanted them to. I have asked him to keep track of what he eats in his log and I suppose he should watch what he drinks between meals too. He has had headaches for several years and being skinny could be natural as I am skinny myself but I know for a while he was eating to try and gain weight and drinking a high calorie drink that was suppose to help him. He had no luck at all.
I will try to post his numbers again. He tested before he ate and then 2 hours after( when he remembered).
breakfast, Lunch, Supper
186-121, 106-92, 107-138
106-96,
135-120, 228-125, 132-
102-100, 98-___, 93-136
84-143, 120-214,
Hope this comes out better.
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With those numbers, plus the weight loss, plus the family history, I'd say you should put aside any objections from your son or lingering in your mind, and go get a qualified second opinion as soon as you can. Go to an endocrinologist if you have to, but you must know for sure what is or is not going on in your son. Diabetes is nothing to be unsure about.

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