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Old 04-28-2013, 01:59   #1
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Here is my situation: I am a physically active 22 year old male concerned that I have type 2 diabetes. I am tall and a little heavier than an average build: some muscle, but i definitely have extra body fat too. My problem is I love sweets, am probably some what addicted. The thing is I will go 2-3 days without many sweets at all then all of the sudden I will crave them so much I go for days, maybe 4 up to a week of eating way too many sweets. I can feel the way my body reacts to them, like the craving to continue eating comes from my arms and hands, not my stomach (does that make sense... I don't know how to explain this weird sensation). I have never felt a craving come from such a weird place until the last two years or so that I've been overdoing sweets. I can be full in my stomach but other parts of my body just crave more. It doesn't feel normal.

I also drink SO MUCH water. I am very tall and physically active so I am not surprised that I would need to drink often, but I feel I am always, always wanting water. I do avoid most sugary drinks, which is good (but not pasteries or candy!)

So, do I just have a bad case of lack of self-control and overeating, or could it be diabetes?

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Old 04-28-2013, 02:05   #2
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Also, I always hit a really bad afternoon low in which I have no energy. I feel so irritable, angry and unable to focus. I find it hard to stay awake past like 10:00 at and night unless I've had sugary food or alcohol (oddly, probably more to do with the social aspect).

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Hi concerned and welcome.

First good job on being proactive, whatever the results

Second: do you have a doc you can go see? A few tests would alleviate your fears, or at least help you with what's going on.

Third: since you're worried about being diabetic, have you got a meter yet? You don't need a prescription and you can find good ones at Walmart, Relion prime is the cheapest for strips, for under 20 bucks and under 10 bucks for a box of strips. You can test yourself around meal times to see what is going on. You can use the results with your doc to come up with ideas.

Fourth: check out bloodsugar101.com. You'll find some good info there and more information on how to test.

One last thing. Because of your age, When you see your doc, make sure to request a GAD-65 antibody test. This will help with proper diagnosis.

Now, since I don't want to overwhelm you (too late I know) go read up and take some time to absorb everything.

Glad you came here looking for help. You'll find the best info here.

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What David said!

Buy a meter, test your blood sugar 1h and 2 h after meals and see what you get.
Look at blood sugar 101, "am I diabetic?" to see what normal numbers are and what your numbers can mean.

Good luck!

Let us know what you find out!

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dunno but, it sounds like low blood sugar caused by an excess of insulin being released. This is the beginning stage of Metabolic Syndrome that leads to Type 2 Diabetes a few years latter. The only remedy is to avoid large amounts of carbohydrates like candy, bread, potatoes, etc.

American advertizing has trained people to associate sweet with satisfaction which is false. The only times one gets satisfaction from carbohydrate is when one eats enough carbohydrate to cause the body to convert it to fat. Satisfaction comes from sensing fats. You might break your addition to sweets somewhat by eating cheese with your sweets giving you the sweetness with the satisfaction that only comes from fats. But fructose can short circuit the brain so one can not achieve any satisfaction so that the animal will gorge itself on fruits so as to distribute the seeds. Remember that plants may be slow to learn but they were well developed when our ancestors were still rodents.

Hope this long winded post will be of some help.

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Thanks everyone, this was very helpful! I think I will head to WalMart to get a meter asap.

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So what was the outcome? Were you able to test your blood sugar? What did you find out?

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To test for the beginings of metabolic syndrome, your doc could do an insulin test together with a BG test at 1h and 2 h of an OGTT (oral glucose tolerance test). For more info see Atkins diabetes revolution, 2004, pg 63-66

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