Misdiagnosis By Design - The Story Behind the ADA Diagnostic Criteria

By MaxieFo Latest Reply 2014-11-25 12:28:53 -0600
Started 2014-11-22 08:24:25 -0600

I often wondered how I could have the same doctor for over 20 yrs. and he not diagnose me with diabetes. I came across this article and after reading it I was totally blown away. If you ever wondered why there are such discrepancies among doctors this article could give you a better understanding How—and Why—the ADA Keeps Doctors from Diagnosing Early Diabetes, http://www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/14046782.php.

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roxanne bohnnow
roxanne bohnnow 2014-11-25 12:28:53 -0600 Report

After reading that, I am not sure if I should be mad or sympathetic as to how the first committee handled this. How they thought that using the Indians as their measuring stick curdles my blood. Yet I also understand that this was the closest they could come to a consistent result every time. That is so sad. The new standards are not much better from what I read. At least now I know why there are so many people being diagnosed with diabetes these days. Looks like we still have a long ways to go before a real cure can be found. In the mean time we will continue to manage our diabetes through medication, food, and physical activity. Thank you for sharing this link with us. HUGS.

elizag1 2014-11-23 18:24:19 -0600 Report

I knew you cannot see if the pancreas works properly or not…
diabetis is a terrible disease!!
If your parents or grandparents had it, you have it already because it is in the blood..

MaxieFo 2014-11-23 16:40:55 -0600 Report

I am glad you all found the article informative. It is an article that caught my attention because of my own personal experience of finding out that I have been diabetic for several years and was not diagnoised until I changed My PCP three months ago.
Unfortunately, there are many individuals who are not aware of this terrible game being played with people's life, and some end up with serious problems as a result.

GabbyPA 2014-11-23 09:37:06 -0600 Report

Wow, what amazed me was (well there were many things) how the glucose intolerance test and glucose fasting do not always correlate. Causing no diagnosis of people who have reasonable fasting numbers. Plus the whole wait til its too late idea is really creepy. I think that explains why my old primary doctor never said anything. I recall I had a fasting of 150 on one of my lipid tests, and he never said anything to me. He is the same doctor treating my step daughter who told me she had a fasting of 115. It is horrible that they just don't at least offer treatment or suggestions at that point, even if they don't want to officially diagnose it for insurance reasons. What a mess.

lilleyheidi 2014-11-23 04:30:17 -0600 Report

When I was diagnosed with "pre-diabetes" my PCP referred me to the local clinic to a Endo for a consult. When I met with him the first words out of his mouth was "why haven't I met with you before, you have been diabetic for several years". Apparently, my previous PCP at this local clinic had done blood work on me yearly, and never told me my blood sugar was high. It wasn't until I changed PCP's and went for a physical that my new PCP discovered a high BG and thought it was Pre and made the referral, that it was discovered in my old records at the clinic. How could this old PCP have this info for years and not say anything? I've always wondered how I didn't have severe damage. I'm just lucky I guess.
Thanks for this great article.

jayabee52 2014-11-22 14:21:15 -0600 Report

Wow Maxie! An extremely valuable article. It is a bit long, but WELL worth the read!

Things that had not made much sense in the past were brought into focus in this article!

Thanks for sharing


RebDee 2014-11-22 14:03:11 -0600 Report

I'm not sure I would have ever been diagnosed with Diabetes since my symptoms seemed to be all over the place BUT I lucked out because my doctor was a Diabetic himself and saw me in him and knew the symptoms.
I will admit, even before treatment began, I felt better knowing that there was a diagnosis for what was wrong with me and that it was not in my head.

RosalieM 2014-11-22 12:17:29 -0600 Report

Thank you Maxieflo for that article. I can't tell you enough how much you have helped me by sharing that article with us. It has answered many questions I have had for years about my diabetes.
In the mid 1980's I was told by the medical department at the insurance company that I worked for, that my fasting blood sugar was 156. I was told that I didn't yet have diabetes, but my sugars were a little high. I was diagnosed by an accident in 1994. The place where I gave blood platelets in their yearly mini physical said the sugar in my urine was off the charts. I managed to prevent
diabetes complications in the 10 years or more that I didn't know I was diabetic by what I did, without really knowing what I was doing or that I that I was already diabetic. I feel like I missed the bullet and you told me how. Thanks a million.
Grandma Rose