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I recently started having blurry vision and went to my eye doctor. I had just had an eye exam in April, and she said that at age 24, such a significant Rx change was uncommon without an underlying health issue. She referred me to a MD for a diabetes test.

My appt isn't until Nov 23, so I've started checking my BS at home and logging it.

Yesterday was my first fasting test, and it was 135, which worried me. But 2 hours post-meal (dinner), it was 101 which I believe is fine. Today's fasting was 120 (better!). Obviously haven't done post-meal yet.

I do have a family history of diabetes, but no close relatives. Great aunts & uncles on both sides, a great-grandpa; my mom has hypoglycemia. However, I'm not having common symptoms such as polyurination or excessive thirst. I've been tired, having headaches, and blurry vision, but the first two aren't necessarily unusual for me.

So what do these numbers mean? I know two days doesn't determine a diagnosis, but should I be worried?

Thanks!
-Steph
 

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Hello Stepth, I have had this ever since I was 10 YO and I am 48 now.
This is a progressive disease as it is run within family's sadly. I see that you have a meter as that's a good guide. Exercise is what missing Stepth and to do that regularly.

The food is another thing as we look at Carbohydrates as the enemy but Carbohydrates and Exercise go hand in hand!! ;) So see the scales with three trays Insulin, Food, Exercise. Ballence that then you will have a good life without the health complications. :)
 

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My appt isn't until Nov 23, so I've started checking my BS at home and logging it.

Yesterday was my first fasting test, and it was 135, which worried me. But 2 hours post-meal (dinner), it was 101 which I believe is fine. Today's fasting was 120 (better!). Obviously haven't done post-meal yet.

However, I'm not having common symptoms such as polyurination or excessive thirst. I've been tired, having headaches, and blurry vision, but the first two aren't necessarily unusual for me.

So what do these numbers mean? I know two days doesn't determine a diagnosis, but should I be worried?

Thanks!
-Steph

Hi Steph,

Worried is the wrong word :) Worry about things you can control. If you have diabetes T1 or T2, you will just have to adapt and learn to control it, so "concern" is a better term. It causes less stress <g>

Many have no symptoms at all, so don't rely on them, or the lack of them, too much. Lots of us just have stuff go wrong that causes all kinds of issues unrelated to diabetes. Only an A1c test and a fasting tolerance test can tell you for sure.

Those are not great numbers, to be honest, but you are right to be proactive, and get to seeing a doctor for testing just like you are set up to do.

I always add a disclaimer, as I am not a doctor, and don't want to mislead, or pretend I know it all. I only know what I read, listen to, and experience. Forgive me if I give advice you already know, or put you off because the suggestions are too obvious or rudimentary?

The best thing you can give your doctor is your morning fasting numbers. When you get up, wash your hands with soap and hot water (wash always before testing) and do the test. The warm water will help bring the blood to the fingers anyway. FWIW, experience has shown me that pinkies and ring fingers seem to handle the daily poking a whole lot better than my other fingers. Your choice, of course <g>

Testing after eating is good if you are inclined, but if you don't test before you eat, you have no baseline, so you won't really know what the meal did to your BS, so I suggest you test first, eat, and wait an hour to test again.

Carbs are the enemy of glucose, so in case you haven't looked it up or read it, or learned it from family, stay off the junk food, fast food, soda, pasta, and other white grains. Some do okay with wheat grain bread, others, not so good. You will have to figure that out.

However, all that said, since you don't know if you are diabetic or not, I think it would be proper to record your fasting numbers, and test pre and post meal for whatever you are doing now, for several days at least, and see what numbers come up.

You can always come here and post the results. We can't diagnose you, but we can offer opinions, and ideas about where you might be.

The ultimate goal is morning numbers sub 100, and two hours later, somewhere back near that number. Going over 140 is cause for concern. Not worry, concern <g> Worry causes stress, an stress only makes blood sugar numbers worse.

Let us know how you are getting along, and your doctor will appreciate a report of your morning fast numbers.

We are here to help and support you if we can.

John
 
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