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Old 10-16-2013, 18:55   #1
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Please help. After having had no insurance for two years we finally got insurance through my husband's job. So I go to see an endocrinologist and she wants to do a glucose test. I HATE those things. First off I have to drink a sugar drink without anything else. This will send my blood glucose sky high, as it always does. I'll feel hot, fatigued, sleepy and like I'm going to pass out. I tend to get naseous and throw up when I drink pure sugar (like a fruit drink) anyway So I'll probably throw up after drinking the drink, not to mention the fact that it shoots me up and then drops me low and I feel crappy for hours after I drink any kind of juice. Especially juice with no protein or fat. WHY do they have to do this. I understand that she wants to measure sugar and insulin and yadda, yadda, but I already know I'm diabetic. I tried arguing with her and she wouldn't do it. She needs data. She said she thinks that as I eat my glucose goes up and so does my insulin production, but that my pancreas produces more insulin than I need which causes crashes--and she needs to do the test to measure my b.g. and my insulin. She says they have a drug that can help with the extra insulin if that's the case and it works better than metformin. I understand that it's only a test--but I hate how sugar makes me feel. I avoid it like the plague. Should I take the test or not?

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I'd sure as heck find out what her magical new better-than-metformin drug is before I went much further. Some of these docs just want their own set of results - don't wanna take another doc's word for it - and if insurance will pay for it, why not?

If you've had the OGTT before & it confirmed your diagnosis, I'm not sure why you need it again.




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I understand that if one has been eating low-carb for a while, that this will skew the results of a OGTT. So usually one has to go back to eating carbs before taking the test.

Do you have a record of your BG over the last month - on your meter, for instance. I would think that your history would be sufficient.

It's not sounding good for a long-term relationship with this endo if she's not going to listen to you at the first hurdle.

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Thank you guys for your reply's. One other thing that aggravates me about this endo doc is that she's young, just out of med school, and if she weighs a pound she probably weighs only like 100 lbs or something. It kind of aggravates me that they have endo docs that are bouncy young things with nothing to worry about themselves. I don't think they can really "empathize" with this disease. I want an Endo doc that actually HAS diabetes and understands. Lol

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I'm curious why you need an endo. You're T2 and diagnosed as pre-diabetes which doesn't take much intervention other than LC/HF and possibly metformin. (You didn't mention any health issues so something else may be the reason.)

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I would ask this woman what the drug is she's considering other than Metformin.

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If they're measuring insulin and glucose, I'd deal with the discomfort and take it, especially if you haven't had the dual one before. That's some really interesting and important data.

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She said she thinks that as I eat my glucose goes up and so does my insulin production, but that my pancreas produces more insulin than I need which causes crashes--and she needs to do the test to measure my b.g. and my insulin.
It looks like she wants to do the tests because you are having crashes. I'm sure you test your bg during these crashes, we will be better able to advise you if we know how low your bg goes during these crashes.

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