Feeling very scared this evening, thinking I may have diabetes

davidb012
By davidb012 Latest Reply 2014-10-02 17:08:07 -0500
Started 2014-09-27 19:18:19 -0500

Waiting for blood test results to be sent to doctor, but I seem to have all the symptoms.
Frequent peeing, hot flushes and tingling arms 30 mins after eating evening meal.
I'm 55 and I knew I was over weight and drink a bit too much.
Seems though that the symptoms just came from one week to the next. Two weeks ago I would never have contemplated this. Is that normal that it comes so quickly?
I'm feeling very down, obviously hoping its something else…but
Any words of support appreciated.


15 replies

davidb012
davidb012 2014-10-02 06:15:04 -0500 Report

Thank you again everyone for supportive comments.
The blood tests came back, and everything was normal. :)
Probably some infection the doctor reckons.
Still, it's been a sufficient enough scare that I've already changed my diet, stopped alcohol during the week completely, decaf coffee now, lots of veg etc. and running 5k every morning.
Lost 6lbs in a week and feeling quite a bit better already. Clearer head for one thing.
It was as they say, 'a wake up call' to be more careful.
Thank you everyone again and all the best in managing your health.
As someone else once said: "live long and prosper".

Glucerna
Glucerna 2014-10-02 17:08:07 -0500 Report

Thanks for updating us, and I'm so glad to hear that you're feeling better, don't have diabetes, and are actively making healthy changes. Wow! ~Lynn @Glucerna

MaxieFo
MaxieFo 2014-10-01 17:01:32 -0500 Report

Hi davidb012,
That is how I felt two weeks ago, and then Friday my doctor got my test results back and confirmed that I have type 2 diabetes.

Trust me it is better to know than not to know. I have been suffering with chronic pain for 3 1/2 years now, so for me finding out that I am diabetic is a great start for me. Now I am praying that my pain is probably being caused by the diabetes and not something more serious.

Having diabetes does not have to be the end of the world. It simply requires making some changes in your life which I am sure you will handle well if you have to do it.

Blessings & Prayers
Maxie

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-10-01 08:34:03 -0500 Report

Hi David,

Nice to see you here! I am glad you found your way to us.

What I encourage you to do is to take it one step at a time. I am assuming you are in touch with your doctor so that whatever is going on with you can be evaluated and diagnosed. If it is indeed diabetes, you and your doctor can work together to formulate a treatment plan.

Two really important components of your self-care plan: education and support. Learn everything you can about diabetes and what you can do to stay as healthy as possible. And get lots of emotional support, especially from people who are the same path.

You have come to the right place! I hope you will stay in touch with us. You are not alone.

And take good care of yourself!

Gary

Emma246
Emma246 2014-09-30 18:05:48 -0500 Report

I'm praying you its not diabetes, but I'm type 1 diabetes. I've noticed over the years and can be hard but it's not impossible and just think this is better than anything bad such as cancer or any type of disease. Good luck to you(:

davidb012
davidb012 2014-09-29 10:22:03 -0500 Report

Thank you everyone for your kind thoughts. Appreciate it. Waiting on result still, but spending time reading up on a subject that I'd never really given much thought to, diabetes.
I can't believe how much contradictory information there is on what is a good diet for diabetes! Grains/no grains, low fat/full fat, vegan/paleo, low carb/don't worry about carbs. Totally confusing information. Even coffee/caffeine there is opposing reaseach saying it's good - no, it's bad.

haoleboy
haoleboy 2014-09-29 13:33:41 -0500 Report

Type 2 diabetes … a disease that no one is sure as to it's cause(s) and with no known cure. That there is no agreement on an effective "diet" can't be considered surprising. Ask ten T2's (in good control) h what there diet is and you will get ten different answers.
The mantra here is certainly YMMV (Your Mileage May Vary).
You need to figure out what works for you. I try and do that by learning everything I can about nutrition in general and Type 2 in specific. Then taking the things I've learned (that seem reasonable) and applying them, … monitoring the effects with a blood glucose meter and keeping or adapting those things that keep my blood glucose levels within my targeted goals.
All that said … I think you will find that there are a couple "universal truths" for healthy diabetic diets:
reduce/eliminate processed foods and sugars
eat fewer carbohydrates … making the ones you do eat complex as opposed to simple

namaste
-Steve

jayabee52
jayabee52 2014-09-29 05:05:14 -0500 Report

Howdy David
I am praying that it is not Diabetes however what Steve and Pam said are wise and valuable words to you.

God's best to you
James

Glucerna
Glucerna 2014-09-28 18:45:39 -0500 Report

I really like Steve and Pam's suggestions, and Pam's wise words: " I can't change what I did or didn't do in the past I can only move forward." This is your opportunity to take charge of your health and you have lots of support from folks here along the journey. ~Lynn @Glucerna

ReaderReader12
ReaderReader12 2014-09-28 06:07:43 -0500 Report

Try not to beat your self up…just get busy and do what Steve suggested you do. I eat low-carb also and it is not that hard to do. Yeah…I wish I had not waited so long to get busy. I can't change what I did or didn't do in the past I can only move forward. I have much better control over what I eat now and that makes me feel very good. Hang in there and whatever your results are start being good to yourself and you will see your health improve.

Good luck,
Pam

haoleboy
haoleboy 2014-09-27 22:42:07 -0500 Report

Hoping that it is not diabetes … no one needs this.
Perhaps Dave … look at this as a wake up call … whether or not you are diabetic wouldn't this be a great time to get healthy? Lose that weight you've been meaning to … cut back on, or better yet stop drinking.
A low carb, heart healthy diet and regular exercise certainly can't hurt.
Besides being a type 2 diabetic I am also a stroke survivor (at age 58) … wishing I had gotten healthy at 55 … perhaps things would be different now.

namaste
-Steve

medfly3
medfly3 2014-09-27 19:40:05 -0500 Report

I Thought The Same Thing Myself. It Probably Has Been There For Awhile And You Didn't Know The Signs And Symptoms. If You Drink More Than Normal That Can Mask Symptoms Like Peeing A Lot, Feeling Hot And Irritable. I Was Just Diagnosed On August 4th, 2014. I'm New To This And I Have Greatly Curbed My Whole Lifestyle So I Can Manage This! It's Not That Hard But It Takes Some Determination To Start Managing This Disease. You Are Not Alone. I'm 47 and I Would Like To Live Another 47 + Years! Hang In There! Hope This Reply Helps A Little.