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Old 12-22-2014, 14:40   #1
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I'm 18 and I'm worried that I have diabetes.
I'm a vegetarian (have been for 2 years) and my diet is actually pretty unhealthy.

For the past few months I have been urinating a lot more than the average person. If i go to bed at 10pm for example, I will feel the need to get up and pee about 4 times before I can fall asleep. I also feel the need to go 4 or 5 times before leaving the house, and multiple times whilst im out, and I'd only be out for like 3 hours.
I crave sweet food and snacks a lot more than i used to, and I was also pretty unwell for over a week, with constantly feeling like i was going to throw up and/or pass out. I couldn't stand up without having to hold onto a wall because I would have collapsed otherwise.
I have also been using the pill for about 6 years, as my period was super infrequent and I had it for so much longer than the healthy time.
I've heard that the pill can increase the risk of having diabetes.
This may be anxiety related because i have been developing that since September, but my heart beats super fast for no reason and my chest often feels tight.

I know I should visit a doctor but I have just moved over an hour away from my usual doctor and I do not like any of my local doctors.
Help?

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Also I'm 47kgs and about 5"2

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Cassie,

My first thought is a urinary tract infection? However, if you want to eliminate diabetes from the equation, the only reliable way is to test your blood sugar. Do you have access to a blood glucose meter? If not, consider investing in one. Have a look in your local pharmacy and get one and a supply of test strips to go with it.

Thing is, one test isn't enough. You need to repeat the tests to see the pattern that emerges. You should test first thing in the morning - before breakfast, to get a fasting figure. Then test before each meal, one hour after the start and again at two hours. These figures will give you an idea of what is happening. But run the tests for a couple of days before jumping to conclusions.

In summary, your before meal figure should be on the lower side of 5.5, at one hour below 7.5 and at two hours 6.5. You can get a bit more information on the topic here Blood Sugar 101 particularly in this bit - What is a Normal Blood Sugar?

On the other hand, perhaps a chat with a doctor, distasteful as it might be, will resolve your concerns.

Do keep us posted.

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I have had frequent urination for a while, but it has just increased over time. When it first began a few months ago I did a urine test and there was no indication of anything being wrong.

The only problem with a blood glucose meter is that I am pretty faint hearted when it comes to blood, if i see blood from a prick or a cut I will pass out

Thank you for your opinion though

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Sorry Cassie but there is no other reliable way particularly if you don't want to involve a doctor at this stage. If you do decide to see a doctor, please ask him to test for antibodies for Type 1 as given your age and weight, type 2 doesn't look to be on the cards. (But that's only my guess - and may mean nothing)

The pin prick needed for a meter test is just that - a tiny drop.

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If you don't want to test, then there IS something you can do for yourself. Whether or not you have diabetes.

Go immediately on a low-carb diet. It can't hurt you and can only help. Take a look at this site LCHF for Beginners - DietDoctor.com

If you have T2 diabetes, the diet should help a lot. If you have T1/LADA (late adult onset of T1 diabetes) then the diet won't work so well, if you don't make much insulin.

Also, If you want to make sure you don't end up in the hospital in a diabetic coma, you can invest in some urine strips that measure ketones. Ketostix If you are not making much insulin and your blood sugar level is going dangerously high, a high measure on the sticks will indicate this. If this happens, get yourself to the ER immediately.

Diabetes is NOT something to put off or ignore. This is SERIOUS!

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Hello!

I used to pass out at the sight of my own blood too. I have worked my way up to where the whole testing thing is not an issue. In fact, I just get annoyed when I poke and don't get enough blood and have to poke again! Pro tip: If you start feeling like you're going to pass out, clench your arm and leg muscles. It helps prevent the drop in blood pressure that precedes the fainting. And also do what I did, test leaning backward or lying down on your bed. Just in case. LOL!

I really do recommend you get bloodwork done and get your A1C, hopefully also testing for what type of diabetes you may have.

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Cassie, I too am a vegetarian, but I was 51 when I developed diabetes. PLEASE see a doctor! I suspected fro a few weeks that I was diabetic, peeing, and craving sugar horribly. The sooner you start treating this -- modifying your diet, and finding out what you can eat, the better!

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I have had frequent urination for a while, but it has just increased over time. When it first began a few months ago I did a urine test and there was no indication of anything being wrong.

The only problem with a blood glucose meter is that I am pretty faint hearted when it comes to blood, if i see blood from a prick or a cut I will pass out

Thank you for your opinion though
I absolutely abhorred needles when I was diagnosed. The meter, used correctly, is less painful than I thought it would be and I adjusted. It no longer really bothers me. You can do it but it will take a bit of courage.
I, too, suggest checking for a urinary track infection. Also, about the pill use and diabetes. I think that later research indicates the pill isn't the cause, but a related effect of conditions already present. Look carefully at the dates of the studies.

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