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Old 04-27-2017, 18:08   #1
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How did you find out that you have diabetes?

Were you surprised by the diagnosis or were you expecting it?

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Old 04-27-2017, 20:55   #2
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Unfortunately, I found out while I was in the hospital after my daughter called an ambulance when I displayed what appeared to be stoke-like symptoms. (I remember very little of that day.) It turned out my BS was well over 400, even though I had not eaten that day.

Hindsight is indeed 20/20. Looking back, there were a lot of signs, but my brain just didn't connect that I was likely diabetic. I had crazy small cuts that just wouldn't heal, my vision was blurry, and I was insanely thirsty all of the time.

The diagnosis was a total shock - so much so that I told them they must be looking at the wrong file because I definitely was NOT diabetic.

I followed a healthy diet (I thought) and was in the best shape of my life, walking between 5 and 10 miles every day.

I couldn't possibly be diabetic....

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I changed insurance companies and was looking for a primary care (PCP). My eye doctor recommended his PCP, so I made an appointment for a "meet and greet."

Based on my family medical history, my PCP recommended that I do blood work along with having a colonoscopy procedure.

My results came back, and I was shocked to find out that I was diabetic. I did not have the classic symptoms. I had just had an eye appointment, and they say a doctor can tell a lot from your eyes. My eyes are healthy (thank goodness). There was no sign of anything starting. The only thing he found was dry eye, which is a symptom of menopause and also diabetes.

In hindsight, I had subtle symptoms. The dry eye was one, and I started to develop dry mouth and dry lips. I was wearing a lot of lip balm. When I researched these two symptoms, I found that they were symptoms of menopause and of diabetes. I figured it was menopause, since both symptoms started about 2 years after my last cycle.

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I went in for an annual physical and my blood glucose measured 127 (1 toke over the line for diagnosis). My doctor had me come back for a second test, which came in at 123. Presto-chango! I wasn't diabetic, just pre-diabetic! (My A1c was 6.5, which nowadays would get me diagnosed, but this was back in 2008, before they started basing diagnoses on A1cs.)

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I went for a womans check up. Had not had one in a couple of years. This was ten years ago. My fasting was 103. I was shocked. Well maybe not shocked but really surprised. The previous one which had been about three years before was 90. I have always been thin. Been a regular exerciser too and active. Looking back I ate a lot of carbs but thought that was healthy. Its been a struggle ever since. In ten years I've kept it in the 90s for fasting and my A1C was 5.7 but it hasn't been easy. So far no meds. I have been taking berberine which helps a lot. But for how long who knows?

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My mom is diabetic. My brother, nephew and I all took our blood sugar with her meter--we didn't know any better. Mine was very high, but I made excuses. I ignored it for months, until I got so tired and thirsty that I had to admit I had a problem. I made an appointment and got the official diagnosis.

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My brother, nephew and I all took our blood sugar with her meter--we didn't know any better.
I must add that we were smart enough to change the lancet for each of us. My FBS was 347 when I was diagnosed.

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I'm a bit different then the other stories here. I was five when I was admitted into the hospital, I was in there for my sixth birthday. I do remember the night I went in. I was at a friends house a couple of doors down from my own, sleeping over. That night I felt sick so went home and stood outside my apartment calling for my Mom-Mom to come open the door. I know my grandmother has her suspicions that I was diabetic. But I really don't remember much from that time. A bit about the hospital stay and not feeling well. When I found out I couldn't have sugar I remember thinking 'oh no, I can't have iced tea any more.'

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My son was diagnosed as Type 1, three years before I was diagnosed with Type 2. My optician had identified it. I had an eye exam to get new glasses, where it showed my vision got significantly BETTER, which rarely happens in people over 40. We ordered the new prescription, and when they arrived 3 weeks later, I couldn't see with them. She rechecked my vision - and it had returned to my old prescription - and she sent me to directly to my health provider.

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I knew type 2 ran in my mother's side of the family. Women were usually overweight, Mom was and was always on a diet. I had gained a little bit of weight over the years but not much.
2003 summer I had been laid off, looking for another job and spending a lot of time with my mom. Started being so thirsty and going to the bathroom a lot and I knew something was wrong but thought it would pass. Finally got interview for job and got it. Very next day my mom checked my blood sugar because I felt so bad with her meter. 546.
I was 49 years old, FBS of 385 when the doctor I went to said I was type 2 although I was skinny and gave me pills and every 2 weeks either increased the dosage or put me on more pills. Still running in 300s.
Finally got into an endocrinologist who diagnosed me as LADA type 1 and put me on insulin.
Been pumping for a little over 10 years now.

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