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Old 07-19-2014, 21:43   #1
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Please, forgive me if this is a repetitive question, but I'm very new at this (the last 2 weeks) and could not find what I was looking for via the search bar.

At a routine physical, full blood work was done and I was told my blood sugar was slightly high at 111. This was done in the morning & in my rush to get to my appointment I realized I hadn't eaten anything in about 10+ hours so despite not meaning to do so, I had fasted before the test.

I took a second test a week later after 9 hours of fasting and my level was 125. I was told this was not worrisome!! I do not accept this as if this is a problem, I want to make modifications now, not when I hit 200.

I would like a second opinion on what tests I should request to get a complete picture of what is happening, especially to test for Type 1. I'm not a child, but also not overweight in the slightest so I would like to double check just in case.

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The morning test is a fasting one, so you didn't do anything wrong. Both your numbers are creeping into the territory, where none of us wanted to be. But we are.

If you read through this forum and some of the sites recommended here, you will realize that it is the dietary nutrient imbalance which is the cause of all these metabolic disorders, starting from obesity onwards. We have been eating a lot more carbohydrate in our diets than we were designed to do. Change that and your body will begin to heal itself. Voila !! your numbers will begin to go back into the range that will make your doctor & you happy.

The other tests if you are very keen on them would be
An OGTT (Oral Glucose Tolerance Test) to determine glucose/insulin response.
GAD65 antibodies test to determine if auto immune issues are involved & better type classification
c-peptide to determine insulin amount being secreted by the pancreas.

Good Luck.

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Kate,

I just want to add that you should research, research, research! You are your best advocate!

I had even a lower FBG and I immediately started researching. The site Blood Sugar 101, is excellent and a good place to start. I am controlling my prediabetes, (really diabetes) with the LCHF diet. I need no meds yet. My doc will test my antibodies during my next visit as I already have autoimmune disorders strongly linked to type 1. In the meantime, treatment is the same for either type (in my case), eating LCHF.

Good luck to you!

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Thank you for your replies. I have been doing a lot of research lately, though I have a long way to go. I know I need to make some serious changes with the amount of bad carbs for diabetics I eat. My next steps are to take a look at those tests and find a good nutritionist.

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Welcome Kate!

Good on you for wanting a second opinion. The highest fasting BG I've ever seen for myself was 115 on a blood test from a lab. Lower than yours, and I too came here to change my health for the better through personal management.

I've done a ton of research and have found out I am glucose challenged as I like to call it. I am actually diabetic, or Pre as some refer to being in the early stages of having the disease. If your fasting numbers are 100 or more you have a problem. Some Docs are now using low to mid 90s as having a problem.

Anyway, there is more than enough info here to help you correct your BG problems without the need of medical intervention. Be very aware that those in the medical field, nutritionists, general practice MDs, endocrinologists and most all others will use the same approach that the ADA recommends.

This is one that is sponsored by drug companies that ultimately want you for a lifelong customer of their products. The Docs will want to put you on a "low carb" diet, which will be very high by our standards, and assure you that your BG levels will never get close to normal. This will ultimately necessitate you start on a drug regimen to keep BG in balance, as diabetes is progressive.

We, on the other hand, like to manage of BG levels by drastically lowering our carbs to maybe 20-40g per day, or 5-10% of our total nutritional intake. We also significantly increase our fat and eat moderate protein. Many here exercise regularly as well. We all have proven that this works very well and can back it up with lipid and blood tests. Finally, you note that you are not overweight. You will find this has little to do with whether you are diabetic or not. Many overweight people may be but many diabetics are actually underweight.

Stick around here and read the forums. You will be amazed what you find. To answer your question, have an A1c test. It will reveal your average BG over a 3-4 month period and give you a better understanding of your overall level.

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And don't be surprised, as I was, if your doctor refuses to take any more tests than the A1c. He flatly told me that that the A1c is the only test they use to diagnose diabetes and every other doctor in town would tell me the same thing. He would not look at my meter print-out which showed that even on a LCHF diet for over a year, I have had fasting BS of over 125 and once or twice when I had to eat away from home, my after dinner highs went to 200. Since my A1c was now lowered to 5.6, I no longer had anything to worry about, that my constant testing was raising my stress level and causing my high blood sugar.

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Sounds like he's one for the books, eh? What a lunkhead!




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And don't be surprised, as I was, if your doctor refuses to take any more tests than the A1c. He flatly told me that that the A1c is the only test they use to diagnose diabetes and every other doctor in town would tell me the same thing. He would not look at my meter print-out which showed that even on a LCHF diet for over a year, I have had fasting BS of over 125 and once or twice when I had to eat away from home, my after dinner highs went to 200. Since my A1c was now lowered to 5.6, I no longer had anything to worry about, that my constant testing was raising my stress level and causing my high blood sugar.
Medical Community wants to keep you sick, so you have a dependence on drugs from the drug company.

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