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Hi everyone! I'm here in hopes of getting some information and making good decisions about my health. I'm 36 years old and not necessarily in good health. I have had fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis since I was 16 years old. I was very active until I started having babies at 24yrs old and then everything just kind of went downhill healthwise. I started feeling like the doctors were just throwing more and more medications at me and not actually trying to figure out what was wrong so I am now taking matters into my own hands and investigating my symptoms.

I have NOT been diagnosed but feel like I probably fall into the "pre-diabetic" category.

I bought a ReliOn meter from Wal-Mart and started testing since there is a family history of diabetes. I'm hoping that I can find some useful information here.
 

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Hi and welcome to the forum

Whether you have diabetes or not, it's good you've decided to focus on your health. That's the most important thing you can do for yourself.

How are your numbers howing up the the meter you have ?

I hope you are testing fasting and post meal numbers...

Sorry to know about your other health issues. Someone in my family had a extreme case of rheumatoid arthritis but she's much better now. After years of medication and some minor deformities things have become ok for her.

Welcome again. Hope you will start feeling great very soon.

Share your thoughts with us

Tony
 

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Usually fasting is around 119 and 2 hours post meal I am between 138-158 depending on carbs. I've had several fasting readings at 129-131. My A1C was 5.4% but was thru a home test kit and not at the doctor's office.
 

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Usually fasting is around 119 and 2 hours post meal I am between 138-158 depending on carbs. I've had several fasting readings at 129-131. My A1C was 5.4% but was thru a home test kit and not at the doctor's office.
Have you discussed these numbers with your doctor ? Some people would classify these numbers as pre diabetes and some as diabetes. Because over 126 fasting is one of the guidelines for diagnosis. Having said that please do visit your doc for a real medical opinion

Even if you dont have diabetes it wont be a bad idea to start immediately on a diabetic diet which is a low carb diet and exercise till as much as your other conditions permit

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Welcome to DF. Many doctors will ignore you if you HbA1c is normal. Your fasting bgs are very close to full blown diabetes (126). Your after meal numbers are definitely in the full blown diabetic range. The recomended bg readings for diabetics are 100 or under for fasting and 120-140 or less for after meal numbers. So definitely demand extra testing, even if he tells you that you are normal. Also since you are young and also have several auto immune diseases you might want to consider the GAD 65 antibody test. If your body is producing antibodies they could be attacking your pancreatic beta cells. If so you are LADA ( slow onset type 1 ). If you are you may need aggresive treatment to preserve any beta cell you do have. Also many of us have found in addition to medication/insulin diet and exercise are important. Even healthy carbs like wheat bread, wheat pasta, brown rice, oatmeal,fruit and potatoes don't treat our bgs kindly. So many of us avoid those foods.
 
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Thank you so much for the info. I also wondered about the autoimmune disorder affects. I have read that plaquenil that I take can sometimes lower blood glucose so I am afraid my numbers might be even higher if I were not on that med. I will most definitely speak to my doctor about the test you mentioned!
 

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Welcome! It will be a very good idea to chat with your doctor. I'd say you are on the slippery slope if not fully diabetic, but sounds like you are a wise lady, so I feel you can get things under control!

Keep coming back,
 

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Your doctor would also be able to give you the number guidelines that are specific to YOU. They do vary. My target is 70-130, with no fixed number for "fasting." I'm supposed to stay in this range on a 24 hour basis. So, if nothing else, you Doctor will be able to give you your target numbers.
 

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Thank you all so much. I was beginning to feel like I was losing my mind a bit. When you bring up the topic of possibly being diabetic with some people and/or doctors they seem to think you couldn't possibly have been the one to figure it out.....but why not? It's our body and we know when something is wrong with it. I was the same way when I insisted having labs done for arthritis. At 16 years old everyone just tried to laugh it off, but it was there, and the doctor couldn't explain away the lab results.
 

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When you bring up the topic of possibly being diabetic with some people and/or doctors they seem to think you couldn't possibly have been the one to figure it out.....but why not? It's our body and we know when something is wrong with it.
TOTALLY agree!!! We DO know when something is wrong.
I was the one who diagnosed my Thyroid Cancer. My Doc at that time told me to,"Go home and stop obsessing about your Thyroid." :eek:
If I had listened to her, I would probably be dead by now.

So, you are WISE to listen to yourself and what your body is telling you. CONGRATS on learning this so early in your life. Wish I could have done that.

Glad you are here. :)
 

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Dr appt 10/20/11 to discuss my concerns and show her my journal I have kept of all my readings. Planning on fasting so we can do the OGTT if needed. I am ready for some answers!
 

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*Update* My family doc acted like I was crazy when I went back and demanded further testing so I got myself into an endocrinologist who drew his own labs and looked at my BG reading history. He began treating me for prediabetes within a week of when my family doc ignored me. Lesson learned: when you don't agree with something get a 2nd or 3rd opinion, even if it means calling the specialist yourself and doing a little sweet talking to get an appt w/o a referral!
 

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Way to go IWORK -- good job finding an endocrinologist. And I am so glad he took you seriously.

Gretchen
 
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