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Old 07-07-2013, 23:10   #1
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Hello, I am a 20 year old male whom recently started looking into diabetes. I am 5 8 and my weight varies from 156-165. My peak weight was 185 (definitely chubby) a year out of high school, but I was always in decent shape and am in probably the best shape of my life thus far right now. I don't smoke, I don't have high blood pressure, I don't know anyone in my family with diagnosed diabetes. I don't really belong in the risk factor criteria.

Ok so on to it. I sometimes struggle with anxiety and slight depression despite being a handsome (I think haha) individual with many friends and a supportive family. I have a problem with being tired in class or at work but never actually tired enough to fall asleep (could be due to anxiety.) I often have a dry mouth and find myself drinking a ton of water all throughout the day to try and keep on top of it. On an average day I pee about 7-10 times, and always drink 5L+ of water, and have had days where I drink 7L+ without any physical activity or heat. I feel like this could be contributed to anxiety though. I perspirate much more than average for my weight and body type. I often get light headed after stranding up too quick, I struglled with athletes foot since I was 13, up until I cut grains and most gluten from my diet about 8 months ago. My hands and feet are either sweaty or extremely cold a lot of the time, not much in between. I have to wake up and pee once a night almost every night.

I odon't feel like going on for more right now so I will cut to the chase. I bought a blood glucose thing the other day and took my level right after waking up at 6 am (7.5hrs of sleep with my last meal at 5:30 pm the day before.) My level was 7.1 I ate a meal at 6 15 (eggs n apple) and my bg was 6.1 at 7 30 and 5.5 at 9 15

Is something up? I feel like I have no risk factors but exhibit some symptoms but it could be more related to anxiety then diabetes. I eat extremely well and have for the past year (no grains, usually have eggs/veggies/fruit/yogurt for breakfast, homecooked lunch often leftovers or veggies, nuts, and fruit, or a salad. Dinner is rarely something canned. Often eat fish, chicken, different red meats, salad, cheese, veggies, rarely fruit. I exercise a decent amount (ski every weekend, recently (2 months) started going to the gym about 3 times a week, sometimes go for 15 minute walks/runs/bikes to try and clear some mental fog, doesn't always work.)

Anyways, my risk factors seem so low but I feel like I exhibit some of the symptoms, but I go to the doctor and the doctor basically cleared me to go to a therapist for depression becvause my health looked fine (no thyroid problems, blood tests passed, everything good from his perspective) and I refused offered medication. I didnt like going or the therapist so I stopped going a while back. the possibility of diabetes then rolled through my head though, but I;m not sure if I'm trying to scapegoat my symptoms away from depression/anxiety and put them on another block (diabetes) instead of dealing with them, or if I actually have something here and might need to treat diabetes. My only real risk factor I can think of is the occasional excessive binge drink with friends on a weekend. But even then my mind often feels more clear when slightly hungoiver than during the work week.


Anyways, that all seems a bit scrambled, I apologize for the lack of structure as I was basically just rambling, but I am prettty tired right now so I hope its understandab;le. If not I will look at it again when I am feeling less shabby.

Thanks a lot guys, hope you look at it from an open perspective and don't pinpoint anything just because I want to here it as an answer

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Summation of Symptoms
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Sluggish (dragging feet) feeling when hungry
  • Lack of focus
  • Tiredness but inability to sleep well
  • Urge to urinate once a night
  • Cold feet/Hands
  • Excessive sweating
  • Recurring athletes foot (gone away without gluten/grains)
  • Recurring bleeding noses and sickness often (has gone away without grain/gluten)
  • chronic stuffy nose (also went away with diet change)
  • Flushed cheeks often
  • dizziness when standing up quickly

Previous medical issues
  • Appendicitis (got pneumonia during recover, blood in lungs, etc.)
  • Often got sick/booming bronchidis like cough
  • Childhood asmtha
  • Bleeding noses

Probably missing some stuff but I think this covers the major things.

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Let's back up a step here. When you woke up, before you ate or drank anything at all, your blood sugar was 7.1, is that correct?

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Correct with the last meal at 5 30 pm the day before and only drinking water after that and possibly drinking some water once or twice through the night

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I should also add I felt quite decent that morning compared to some groggy mornings.

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Your 7.1 converts to about 127.8 in the U.S. This is called your fasting blood sugar, or your FBS. For a non-diabetic, we would not expect to see a FBS this high. Generally, it would be under or around 100. I would definitely suggest that you test your FBS tomorrow morning. If you receive another reading over 100, you need to call your doctor pronto and let him or her know. One reading may be a fluke and could be due to a number of factors.

In fact, if a doctor uses the ADA for diagnosis when using a FBS, the doctor must use two readings >126, to do so. If I were you, I'd also test a few more meals after you eat. Ideally, you want to test 1 hour after you eat, and then again at 2 hours. This would be 1 hour and then 2 hours from the moment you take your first bite of food.

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Is the ADA American? I am Canadian, would it be different?

I was planning on testing tomorrow morning, so I will follow through with that and maybe eat a more sugary breakfast (yogurt with berries and an apple) and see the effects.

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The ADA is the American Diabetes Association. We have a ton of Canadian members, and I'm sure some will be along shortly, to talk about differences in diagnosis between the countries.

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I was planning on testing tomorrow morning, so I will follow through with that and maybe eat a more sugary breakfast (yogurt with berries and an apple) and see the effects.
Let us know how it goes. Test when you wake up, and then at 1 hour and 2 hours after your breakfast.

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As I understand it, the CDA and Australian one and European - all conspire with pretty much the same bad info...

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