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Old 11-24-2012, 09:38   #1
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I have been doing research on diabetes trying to figure out if this could be the cause as to why I've been feeling so crappy for the last week and a half. But one question in particular, I can't find the answer to for the life of me. So I figured I'd ask on here and see if anyone who has diabetes can answer my question

My question is: is it possible to have symptoms of diabetes weeks before your blood sugar is actually high, for type 1 or type 2?
Let me explain my question a bit more.

I have been having the classic symptoms for diabetes: frequent urination and constant thirst, fatigue, hunger, etc. But I've had my blood tested 3 separate times which were 105 (after not eating for 6 hours, at about 8pm) 87 (after not eating for 5 hours at about 7pm) and 133 (after a glass of juice 3 hours prior, at about 10 am) Although I know my numbers may show pre-diabetes. But I've read diagnosis stories where people have similar symptoms and their numbers are like 600-800. I know that I may even be on the wrong road for a diagnosis entirely, but I thought for sure diabetes was the culprit. Now that my numbers really aren't showing any abnormalities I'm starting to second guess my original hunch.

I thought it would be kind of cool to read your diagnosis stories :
How long were you having symptoms before you were diagnosed with diabetes, 1 or 2? What was your number at the time of diagnosis?

Thank you in advance for taking the time to read my post, any and all replies are very much appreciated!

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Old 11-24-2012, 09:54   #2
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To get an idea of whether you are diabetic you need to test AFTER eating, at one hour you should be under 140/7.8 (at the most) and at two hours you should be under 120/6.7. It might help to know what you start from too,taking a reading before the meal also will give you the snapshot of your reaction ti the meal. However, if you have these concerns you should go to a doctor for proper tests,such as hba1c, as they may be symptoms of something else.

I was diagnosed by chance, they were looking for the reason for my rising blood pressure... it came as quite a shock.. I was 153 lbs at the time, had an hba1c of 8.3. Now I weigh 129lbs and have an hba1c of 5.6. All thanks to the advice I got from here and increased exercise.

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Wow that's quite a change!! Nice work

I am going for a 2 hour glucose test sometime next week. My dr didn't write a script for a meter though, Those readings were from an urgent care visit, hospital visit and a dr visit. I also have to collect urine to rule out my dr's other suspicion of diabetes insipidus. So after I get the results for that I should have a better idea as to what this is. Although my hunch has been diabetes since a few days after showing symptoms. I'm just kinda blown away that I feel like complete crap and yet my numbers are pretty close to normal range. Just makes me feel horrible for the people with 600+ readings, I can't imagine how awful they felt!

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I had similar syptoms before being diagnosed. Frequent visits to the b/room, fatigue, thirsty all the time, dizzyness was a problem which I went to the dr for and discovered it was D.

As Clea says, keep testing you numbers before and after the meal as well as before breakfast for a fasting blood sugar number.

You're are right in getting it properly checked with your dr.

Good luck with the tests

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Thank you! I will definitely ask my dr next week about getting a script for a meter, it probably wouldn't hurt to have one around anyways.

And that's what's driving me crazy, I have diabetes symptoms and yet my numbers are okay. So does it take a while for your numbers spike or drop enough to be classified as diabetic even though you've had the symptoms for over a week? Or am I just crazy? lol

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Since you're in US you don't need a scrip for a meter and strips. Just head over to Walmart or local pharmacy and pick up cheapest meter and compatible strips. They're all about the same for accuracy just different bells and whistles. You can start doing testing and logging at home and you'll know more before going to doc.

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Thank you! I will definitely ask my dr next week about getting a script for a meter, it probably wouldn't hurt to have one around anyways.

And that's what's driving me crazy, I have diabetes symptoms and yet my numbers are okay. So does it take a while for your numbers spike or drop enough to be classified as diabetic even though you've had the symptoms for over a week? Or am I just crazy? lol
This is just a theory of mine, but I think many have symptoms for years before DX. Looking back I'm sure I did. Moodiness when going too long without a carb heavy meal, no energy, etc. so if you've got it within weeks you're way ahead of the curve.

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As David said head over to Walmart and pick up a Prime meter and strips. I have to use the Freestyle strips and my husband has to use One Touch. We both have Prime meters as back up, and use them if we want to special test around a meal or check our numbers against our other meters.

Lots of times if you go to the meter websites they will send you a meter along with 10 free strips to try out as well

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I have diabetes symptoms and yet my numbers are okay.
Your fasting numbers are okay so far, but your docs aren't doing the right test. I suggest you not wait on your doctors, but go get the Walmart meter as suggested already, and start testing postprandial levels. Diabetes is a metbolic disorder, the essence of which is a malfunction in processing carbohydrate properly. Unless the tests are done soon after you've consumed carbohydrate, they won't give any useable information and you & your docs will go merrily on thinking you aren't diabetic. Doctors are notoriously lacking in knowledge about diabetes, and their dietitians/nutritionists are just as bad. You've made a good decision in coming to this forum, because we're the ones who live with the condition and are finding the solutions that actually work to keep diabetes under firm control.




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This is just a theory of mine, but I think many have symptoms for years before DX. Looking back I'm sure I did. Moodiness when going too long without a carb heavy meal, no energy, etc. so if you've got it within weeks you're way ahead of the curve.

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I think you are right, David. I know I did. Of course I went for a long time after I suspected D before I asked for a test at an office visit. I am of the opinion (or WAS) that if you ignore something it will go away. I know that isn't good, but I was raised by a hypochondriac and pretty much gave up on going to the doctor after I was old enough to take myself instead of being taken.

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