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Old 04-11-2013, 20:14   #1
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Dear all,

Freaking out! Type 2 all of a sudden. Skinny, never been overweight. (5’7” was 132 3 weeks ago, dropped to 122 since going VLC)
Now what to do?? Found this myself on a couple home tests over a three week period b/c my husband was testing himself. Verified it. Went very low carb 3 week ago, manageable, but still post prandial even with 6 g carbs in a meal I get over 110 instead of being rock solid and fasting is ~ 94. (total carbs per day <40) I know not bad numbers but considering I’m skinny, minimal carbs, it should be in the 80’s!
Should I tell my doctor? Should I get tested for pancreatic cancer? LADA, MODY…I’ll have to tell him If I want insulin right? Been reading so much but so confused. Worried about losing insurance and wondering what to do. Can’t think straight.
Help.


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Old 04-11-2013, 20:33   #2
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Take a deep breath, try to relax, and then instruct your doctor that he needs to order tests for GAD antibodies as well as c-peptide . . . and don't take 'no' for an answer.

Welcome aboard, Donna; you sound like you need a hug.



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Definitely tell your doc. *hugs* if that's ok.

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Contrary to popular believe you don't need to be obese to have diabetes. Most diabetics in Asia have very low BMI. One can be also skinny and have fat on organs and fatty liver and have diabetes.

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Thanks so much for the hugs.

Ok out of freaking out mode now. Just when I read the cancer possibility today the thought of my little kids being without a mom got to me. Could you tell?

Anyway, proper intro now.
Came upon this diabetes finding by chance.
Kept seeing paleo dishes on pinterest and looked up what this paleo thing was. So that got me thinking. Meanwhile happened to see a book at the library, “sugar nation” so read that. It made me think of some symptoms my husband had been having last year (he’s overweight but not too bad, ~ 210 lb 5’11”, lots of family history though of diabetes) and asked him what his FBS was at his last check-up last July. He said 108. What?! Didn’t your doctor say you were pre-diabetic? No doc just said to cut back on carbs, which he did but not to the lc diet level. Anyway that book mobilized us. I switched from the “natural and organic” meal plan to “Paleo meal plan” on a meal plan I subscribe to. I figured I’d eat the same way in support and because it made sense healthwise to me. Also read the Bernstein book.
Anyway whenever he tested his BG I would too. Numbers seemed fine to me, until the Bernstein book said he controls his patients’ sugar to a normal 80-85. Huh? My fasting was 90’s so “normal”, and 2 h after meals ~110, so nothing bad, but if I were non-diabetic then shouldn’t I be around 85? Esp. eating low carb? So I looked some more. Found blood sugar 101, read about the glucose tolerance test with a bagel. Then one night meal plans went awry, gave my husband what LCHF leftovers we had and I ate a small pot pie, 50 g carbs. BS was 180 at 1h, 140at 2h, in the danger zone. Did the bagel test next day, BS 270 1 h post and slowly came down at 3h to ~ 140. OK so it’s official. I couldn’t believe it. My doctor would send me home every year saying my numbers looked great. Skipped my physical last 2 years (besides he always tells me to come back in 3 years because all looked so good so I didn’t worry too much about it). Then just this morning I read on bloodsugar 101 that if you are thin and on a LC diet, it should bring your numbers to the 80’s easily and if not you could have these other conditions like Mody etc. that can require insulin and anyway even though I’d been hoping I could keep my doctor out of this now it seems I must go.
Well I had already made an appointment for a physical a month ago. It’s not till mid-May. Takes a bit to see the doc nowadays!

Ok so here is my novel!
I’m impressed if you stuck around!
It was a fortuitous series of events that’s for sure. And in part my goal oriented, research nature. Some would say obsessive. Eh what do they know!

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'Obsessive' my foot! You're a researcher par excellence!

You already subscribe to a meal plan, but I'll show you a coupla other good sites if that's okay . . . and you've already found our diabetes 'bible' - BloodSugar101.

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You're obviously past the denial stage and well into the research stage... all of which is good. You're reading the right material and have a take charge attitude which leads to success in meeting your goals! I had let mine slip but I'm now back on track... wish corrections would happen overnight!

Oh, well. Welcome to the Forum, where great helpful people reside! Where there are no silly questions (but an occasional silly comment!), so ask anything for which you want answers, and it looks like you have read enough to be helpful to others! We're really nosy people so come be nosy with us!
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Welcome Donna.

You're leaps ahead of most new members. Come often, and join in the discussions. And be sure to let us know how your doctor appointment goes and if you're able to get him to run those tests.

BTW - Bernstin's "normal" is rather restricted, IMO. And, remember, he is on insulin and those of us not on it may not be able to get numbers down that low. Your BG while on low-carb look just fine. (But stay away from those bagels!!!)

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Thanks so much everyone, for the support and for the info.
Yep a born researcher here! I'll let everyone know how the exam goes.

Cheers!

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It looks like you're off to a great start, and you've already found a wealth of information. I noticed you mentioned the glucose tolerance test with the bagel. I just wanted to caution you, I've repeated Jenny's test from Blood Sugar 101 with the bagel and also have had a glucose tolerance test in a lab. The results were absolutely nothing similar. Use the bagel test as another piece of information that you can let your doctor know about, but don't expect the results of an OGTT to match the bagel test.

Welcome to the forum!
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