Need advice, not diagnosed, very concerned.

By Momof4veteran Latest Reply 2017-10-10 20:22:55 -0500
Started 2017-10-03 18:45:30 -0500

Going to try to make a long story short. First, I lost my aunt to Type 1 diabetes 6 months ago. She was a well know neonatal Neurologist at Rileys Children's Hospital in Indianapolis.
Ok, back to me. About 6 weeks ago I went to see my doc because I was having strange vision. My vision would go blurry and I was seeing floaters, lots of them. He sent me to see eye doc. All was normal with my eyes other than having a lot of floaters. Fast forward, over the last few weeks I've felt off. Still having vision issues and now very fatigued, I just feel off, also very hungry. Made an appointment to see my doc again and he decided to do some labs. Nurse called me today to tell me that my lab results were great except my glucose was 204 and my a1c was 5.8. She told me that the doc was not concerned because of my size and age. I'm 32, 4'11" and 94 lbs. I asked her if she was sure those were ok results and she said yes if doc is not worried you shouldn't be. Well, I'm worried! Especially after just losing my aunt to diabetes! Are these numbers concerning? Should I get a second opinion??

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Momof4veteran 2017-10-10 20:22:55 -0500 Report

Thank you for all the advice and comments. I have found myself a new doctor and will be seeing her next week. I have continued to test and have had many readings over 200. :(

msann 2017-10-08 09:01:05 -0500 Report

welcome glad you are here yes like dr gary says you need second opinion because if your a1c is 5.8 but your glucose was 204 that is a flag good luck keep us updated

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2017-10-05 18:19:02 -0500 Report

Hey Momof4veteran, it's great to meet you. Welcome! Glad you jumped in with a post. I would also encourage you to get another opinion. You might want to consider making an appointment with an endocrinologist who can take a close look at your blood sugar levels and make a recommendation. Whenever I am on the fence about something, and concerned about what a doctor says, I always get a second opinion from a specialist. My peace of mind is worth it. Glad you are taking such good care of yourself. I hope you will keep us posted on how you're doing.

Luis65 2017-10-05 07:23:40 -0500 Report

It may be diabetes. Do what Lou suggested and keep a log of diet and blood glucose readings. Besides that what drugs you are taking.

There are things that can cause a rise in BG in non-diabetics; physical and/or emotional stress, some medications, especially corticosteroids.

Type1Lou 2017-10-04 16:10:07 -0500 Report

I would go to Walmart and buy myself a glucose meter, a lancing device and some strips. Then, test when you wake up in the morning before eating,and then again 2 hours after each meal. If you don't have diabetes, your readings should be between 70 to 95 or so with the average in the 80's. Keep a record of the times that you test and the results. If you have repeated readings in the 100's and your doctor is still unconcerned after you share this with him, change doctors. I was dx'd at age 27 and weighed 117 lbs on my 5'3" frame. Diabetes can appear in younger and thinner people…not something to ignore and you're correct to be concerned.

Momof4veteran 2017-10-04 18:24:41 -0500 Report

Thank you for your advice. I actually did this very thing last night. Ran to Walmart and got everything for testing. Tested first thing this morning result was 114. Tested 2 hrs after breakfast, result 179. Tested before dinner, result 125. Tested a little over an hour after dinner, result 221. I think I need to find a new doc and soon. :(

Type1Lou 2017-10-06 16:41:36 -0500 Report

Sorry you got the results that you did but glad that you recognize it as a problem and have the data to back it up. (There are some medications that may also affect BG levels and I didn't mention that in my initial response and don't know if that could be a factor.) Your readings indicate to me (who is not a doctor) that your body is not processing your food as it should, leading to higher than normal BG's. Untreated diabetes will only cause additional problems. Let us know what happens. And don't be afraid to ask us any questions. We have a ton of practical experience living with this disease. I've been Type 1 now for 41 years and am still managing well.

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