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Hi everyone
I'm glad I found this site.

I have a family history of diabetes and have been careful with food/exercise as have always been told that I'm at high risk. Was immobile for a few months following an accident and complications thereafter. While doing a rash test, the doctor says I'm diabetic!! My bloodfasting sugar level ranges from 7-9. But by mid-morning its 5-6 and stays that way even 2 hours after dinner. I try my best to have a light dinner and am not in the habit of having after dinner snacks. But I don't understand why the blood sugar level shoots up when I'm sleeping? I don't experience the symptoms of diabetics - constant thirst and hunger, frequent urination, etc. I'm trying not to see my company doctor as I don't want this on record, for insurance purposes.

Appreciate any advice you can give me. Thanks!
 

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Hello Van, welcome to Diabetes Forum! I think you should see an endocrinologist (diabetes specialist) so your diagnosis will be accurate. The testing prescribed will be more appropriate than what has been done so far. Good luck!

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Welcome, Van . . . we're glad you found us too. Always good to meet new friends, and I hope you'll find answers to many of your questions here.

The high fasting levels are common enough that there's a name for it: "dawn phenomenon". Several of us experience it and it's a real aggravation.

I agree with Richard that it would be good for you to see an endocrinologist. Your company doctor is prob'ly not the best resource for you anyhow - there are so many variables with diabetes, and it's important to get it figured out as soon as possible. The earlier you catch it & the earlier you treat it, the lower the risk of complications.

Try to overcome your fright - this is not a death sentence. It isn't even a catastrophic illness. But it can be life-changing, and often for the better.

Thank you for joining us and do stick around. There is so much to be learned and the best resources are the folks who are already living with diabetes and managing it carefully.

take care & hurry back,

 

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Hi everyone
I'm glad I found this site.

I have a family history of diabetes and have been careful with food/exercise as have always been told that I'm at high risk. Was immobile for a few months following an accident and complications thereafter. While doing a rash test, the doctor says I'm diabetic!! My bloodfasting sugar level ranges from 7-9. But by mid-morning its 5-6 and stays that way even 2 hours after dinner. I try my best to have a light dinner and am not in the habit of having after dinner snacks. But I don't understand why the blood sugar level shoots up when I'm sleeping? I don't experience the symptoms of diabetics - constant thirst and hunger, frequent urination, etc. I'm trying not to see my company doctor as I don't want this on record, for insurance purposes.

Appreciate any advice you can give me. Thanks!
Welcome! I had no signs of having diabetes when I was dx. My fasting blood sugar was 126. Enough to make the diabetes dx. Use another doctor if using the company doctor is uncomfortable. Come back and visit often.
 

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Thanks for your warm welcome and reassurances. I guess, misery really loves company as I felt consoled knowing there's even a term for it "dawn phenomenon". I've made an appointment with an endocrinologist. I've spent the last couple of days reading all the posts and am not feeling so afraid now. Thanks, heaps.
 

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Thanks for your warm welcome and reassurances. I guess, misery really loves company as I felt consoled knowing there's even a term for it "dawn phenomenon". I've made an appointment with an endocrinologist. I've spent the last couple of days reading all the posts and am not feeling so afraid now. Thanks, heaps.
Van, I think at one time or another that everyone with diabetes has some fear. Diabetes that is not controlled is really something that you need to fear. I am happy to hear that you have found some comfort after reading the posts on the forum. Let us know how your appointment goes!
 

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Good to see you back, Van, and good that you already have an appointment with an endo! Sounds like you're ready to take this bull by the horns.

We look forward to seeing you around here . . . hope we can be of more help in the times to come. So glad you've been reassured by reading the forums.

take care & hurry back.
 

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Hi Guys
Sorry for the delay in keeping you posted. I had my medical with the endocrinologist and have good and bad news. The good news is that I don't have diabetes. Yet. But he says my risk factor has gone up and its almost a certainty that I will get diabetes sooner or later. But thank goodness for this forum, the news didn't freak me so much.

I guess I have stopped thinking of diabetes as a death sentence. It also made me remember my Grandfather who I've not thought of in years. He was diabetic and had lost 80% of his vision. When he received news that he might lose his leg, he went into a deep depression. I remember all the adults whispering and keeping a suicide watch over him. I too kept my own watch. I would take breaks from playing with my friends in the playground, run home and put my ear to his chest to make sure he was breathing. If he layed still for too long, I would force open his eyes or pull his nose. He used to complain to my parents that I was trying to kill him! HAHA. Well, my Grandfather didn't lose his leg and the grumpy old curmudgeon lived to be a ripe (or "overripe" as my Dad would say) 98!

I am really grateful to all of you in this forum with your well-wishes and good advice. I will keep checking this forum and hope that I can contribute in some way to help others as you have helped me. I've been given a reprieve and have to be even more diligent in my battle against diabetes.
 

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That is the best story about you & your grandpa! Thanks for sharing it - I love it! And it sounds like you loved that ornery old pup very much.

Very good to hear the results of your doctor visit, and you certainly HAVE gotten a reprieve! This is the wakeup call you needed and if you begin treating this as though it were full-blown diabetes, you may be able to postpone the onset of the "real" thing for a lot longer time. Continue watching your diet & getting your exercise, and by all means stay in touch with us. If you have any more grandpa stories, I wanna hear 'em! :D
 
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