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Sorry to bother anyone as I know you get tons of questions like this. I just got my fasting glucose serum levels back and it was 119. I seem to be the only one worried about this. I have never had probelms with my blood sugar but have been told a couple of times its on the higher end of normal. Also I had surgery in Jan for endo and adhesions and since then I have lost a total of 26 pounds. My non fasting glucose serum level was 106 a little over a year ago, 82 last week, 104 tonight (I used a meter to test) I have a follow-up appt next Wednesday, are there any tests I need to ask for? My doctor seems convinced this is all caused from IBS but I don't feel that it is. I am 5'7 and currently weigh 126, down from right over 150 in January. I have many family members with diabetes and I know what can happen when left untreated. Should I be worried or am I stressing to much? Thanks so much for you time!
 

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Boy I wished I had an answer for you but I don't. But IBS caught my attention along with my diabetes. I have had more than just IBS but build up of scar tissue from a previous surgery that every so often end up in the hospital for a week as my system totally shuts down due to restrictions. The last time I went in was when I was told I was type II. Since being out and dieting/exercising I am controlling my Blood sugar by diet and exercise alone. Is my IBS related like your Doctor is thinking?

Please tell me your results when done with your doctor I really would like to know.
 

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ask for an A1c test it tells you your average blood sugar level for the past 3 months it will be a better indicator of big D than a single snapshot. good luck!
 

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Now you have me thinking. I have had too many surgeries to count due to scar tissue. My last one in January. They have removed everything they can take out trying to at least slow down the reaccurances. I feel like IBS is simply a name they use to make the insurance happy. :) I wonder if all of my adhesion issues are related to the other issues....hmmm?
Thanks so much for the test information. I will be sure to ask about it.
 

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I am going to have the A1c done Monday morning. I dread another night of fasting, it makes me so sick. Anyway, I will post when I get the results.
 

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I am going to have the A1c done Monday morning. I dread another night of fasting, it makes me so sick. Anyway, I will post when I get the results.
Don't think the A1c requires fasting - it's measuring roughly 90 days' worth of glucose riding around on your hemoglobin cells . . . but of course they may be taking other tests along with the A1c. Lipids panel would require fasting, but they already HAVE a fasting glucose for you, so they shouldn't need that again. You could call the lab & see if fasting is necessary for what tests has been ordered & tell them why you need to know! Ah well . . . keep us posted.

And welcome to the forum! :)
 

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Thank you for the heads up! I will be sure to call today. When I was fasting for this last test, I got really sick. We all thought my sugar had dropped. Thanks again. I will let you know.
 
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Hopefully you can get an answer from your doc or specialist about what's going on. IBS is a chronic disorder that they still don't understand fully. I was just diagnosed with functional dyspepsia in March this year and they don't understand the exact cause of that either. But from what I've been advised, both chronic disorders they believe are likely to be the same disorder as in they are both motility problems. Your nerves control your muscles that move your stomach and bowel... the common medical theory mainly is that your motility is out of whack when you have either functional dyspepsia or IBS (your stomach is not in sync with your bowel, it moves too fast, too slow, or both... your bowel is moving too fast, too slow, or both). My gastroenterologist mentioned that they think it could be nerve damage which is the cause, but also they're not sure if it's a neurological problem... they haven't figure it out as yet so there are no drugs created for it because they don't understand the cause in the first place. For instance if it's neurological, does this impact on other hormones such as insulin in your body? I also got told that having functional dyspepsia can interfere with bowel movement too... technically giving you IBS, but main cause being the stomach. So what I'm saying here is that it is very possible in my view that it could impact on our BGLs because it affects how our body digests food. I've noticed myself that I can't get my BGLs stable 100% of the time and I have unexplained spikes and crashes. I'm sure this is all stuff that medical science is yet to figure out.... but I certainly notice a difference. Also if you have adhesions, that possibly is interferring with digestion of food too? Just something to consider and perhaps discuss with your doc further.
 

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Thank you all for the wealth of information. I call Friday to see if I would have to fast again, and I do. He has some other blood test scheduled (sorry I was so disappointed I forgot to ask what.) So fasting tomorrow night, while at work, and hopefully I won't get sick this time. Thanks again and I will be sure to update once the results come in.
 

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Just got the call my result was 5.9. Dr said looks good see you in three months. Should I be worried about pre-diabetes? I think numbers are too high to brush off. Am I being a drama queen?
 
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Just got the call my result was 5.9. Dr said looks good see you in three months. Should I be worried about pre-diabetes? I think numbers are too high to brush off. Am I being a drama queen?
If I had that number I'd be excited! Although I understand you are still concerned... just keep monitoring your diet and exercise to keep BGLs under control really. :D
 

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Just got the call my result was 5.9. Dr said looks good see you in three months. Should I be worried about pre-diabetes? I think numbers are too high to brush off. Am I being a drama queen?
That's a good number to keep an eye on, but to not get too dramatic over . . . how's that for equivocation?! ;)

By my calculations (using the formula eAG(mg/dl) = (28.7 X HbA1c) – 46.7), your A1c converts to average blood glucose of 122.63 which is a little high. There are conversion tools & other charts online which give lower numbers, but this is apparently a worst case scenario. Mep's advice is good: continue monitoring your diet & exercise. I would add that you continue using your meter to check postprandial levels . . . keep it under 140 one hour after meals & under 120 at two hours after meals.

Here is a website with scads of good accurate information: Blood Sugar 101
 

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I would definitely use a meter to keep an eye on your bgs. As Shanny said, it is an average of 123 or thereabouts. A normal non diabetic is probably closer to 100 or under because they have a strong insulin response which prevents them from spiking too high. We all have different goals. I am determined to avoid complications so I try not to spike above 110 but we are all different.
 

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Just got the call my result was 5.9. Dr said looks good see you in three months. Should I be worried about pre-diabetes? I think numbers are too high to brush off. Am I being a drama queen?
I don't know how you're doing now, but I hope things are better.

My A1c was 110 and one doctor said that I didn't have diabetes (no, I didn't --but he didn't say anything else about the number either!) When I showed the test results to a second doctor, he told me to "cut down on desserts," and that was it. I thought my numbers were too high to only "cut down on desserts" and I have not brushed them off. I do not believe that I am being a drama queen; I'm being real and proactive. If you think your numbers are too high, then by all means, take control of your health. Even if you aren't in trouble (according to your doctor), eating healthy and exercising are good, and your whole body will benefit, not only the potential risk of diabetes.
 

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My A1c was 110 and one doctor said that I didn't have diabetes (no, I didn't --but he didn't say anything else about the number either!)
The A1C is a measure of your glucose over the last 2-3 months. The number you gave is of a moment in time. Was it a morning fasting or during the day or ...?
 
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