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Old 02-07-2012, 09:53   #1
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How do you know you have diabetes?

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Old 02-07-2012, 10:05   #2
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If I suspected diabetes (which I didn't, though I should have), I'd request a glucose tolerance test (OGTT) from my doctor.

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Have to wait a week to see him, but what where your symptoms? Did you have to go to the washroom way more, where you tired all the time?

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as a type 1 i can give you my symptoms which are fairly universal:
*peeing all the time!
*dropped like 5 kgs in a week and a half
*hungry all the time
*excessive thirst
*blurred vision
*muscle cramps during exercise
*general fatigue/tired

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K well I don't have muscle cramps and I can still see a little, but I'm not hungary just thirsty and going to the washroom alot. Also do you have to be over weight to get diabetes or can you be in shape?

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How do you know you have diabetes?
I had none of the standard symptoms, although I was (and still am) overweight. It turns out that my annual blood tests were showing an increase in blood sugar, but it was only the last one that was flagged by the lab that resulted in a diagnosis of diabetes T2.

 
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K well I don't have muscle cramps and I can still see a little, but I'm not hungary just thirsty and going to the washroom alot. Also do you have to be over weight to get diabetes or can you be in shape?
I never got muscle cramps until i exercised hard, but it happened everytime i did which wasnt the norm.
What do you mean 'see a little'? Are you blurred at distances?
I noticed the thirst most myself. Have you dropped any weight?
You dont have to be overweight to be diabetic. Type 2 is often linked with this and a sedentary lifestyle, however im not informed enough to know if that is ALWAYS the case. Type 1 can happen to anyone. Many athletes are type 1. Jay Cutler (bears quarterback) is type 1. Type 1 is more (bad) luck of the draw.

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With T2 diabetes typicall symptoms in not particular order.

* excessive thirst
* peeing more than usual
* blurred vision
* tired

As T2 typically comes on very slowly you might not notice any symptoms at all or you may notice only some. For me I was dx in the middle of our hot summers down under so I was drinking alot of water so I assumed that's why I was peeing more than normal. I did get a little bit of blurred vision on occassion but I just put it down to tirdness or a busy day at work. My symptoms were quite mild (but basically I had and excuss/reason for them all) and to be honest I didnt recongnise them as symptoms at the time. As its quite slow coming on your body adapts and gets use to things some what. Unlike T1 for example most of the time symptoms come on much stronger & far quicker. Once I was dx as soon as I normalised my BG's all my symptoms dissappeared that I recongised after I clued up on D - I learnt so much so quickly.

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Ok,

I'm type 2 - diagnosed in August 2010.

Symptoms:
  • Sleepy all the time after meals.
  • Slightly overweight - BMI 27%.
  • Vision slightly uncomfortable focus when reading.
  • Concentration - gone!
Diagnosis - when I went DKA with a blood glucose of 400. Like Shalynne, with hindsight, I was diabetic for months (at least) before "diagnosis". So her advice is sound - an Oral Glucose Tolerance Test should be done.

Your trips to the wash room might merely be down to a kidney or urinary tract infection, which might in itself also point to diabetes - or it might be completely unrelated. In either case, you want it treated.

Don't guess - see a doctor - soon.

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I had very few symptoms except the frequent urination but since I was exercising a lot I was drinking lots of water. Many people walk around with Pre diabetes for many years and don't know it. The symptoms are so small sometimes that you can brush them off as something else. Just wait for your doctor to run tests. The official definition is 2 bg fasting tests above 125 or an HbA1c above 6.5. On an OGTT test I think 200 is the definition of full diabetes.

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