Not sure of diagnosis

Am I diabetic?
2
Yes... you are but life is still good - 100.0%
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May be... see what the next report says - 0.0%
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Nope... you are still borderline - 0.0%
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Don't ask! - 0.0%

 
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good4life
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Date Joined Jan 2010
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   Posted 1/6/2010 7:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello.

I have been recently diagnosed with T2D. But I am not sure cause the reading seems to be borderline (129 mg/dl) but my GP recommends I get another FPG done in 1 month. Not sure what to expect cause the only thing advised is diet and exercise.

I am sure this question may have been asked a million times but I still seek an opinion.

Thanks

Good4life

LanieG
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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 1/6/2010 8:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to HealingWell.  129 as a fasting is high but not critical.  However, if that is a fasting blood sugar reading, imagine what it might be after eating?   Sometimes diet and exercise can indeed control blood sugar, but that depends on several factors, including what you eat and if you really participate in exercise.   We have lots of information here to help you.  Please read the two sticky threads at the top of the Diabetes page: "For Newbies - Testimonial" and "Diabetes Resources".  You will find some advice and information about blood sugar in them as well as in many of our past posts.  If you have any questions, we'll do our best to answer with our own experience but remember that we're not doctors here. 
Lanie
 
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diabetes controlled so far by exercise and a low/no carb diet


Phishbowl
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Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 547
   Posted 1/7/2010 8:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi & welcome. Your FPG is on the borderline for "impaired" blood sugar level, aka Diabetes. Ditto what Lanie suggests - familiarize yourself with some of the D basics by reading the two stickies and some past posts and I guarantee you'll be much more prepared to discuss the next test results with your doc next month. We've all been where you are and although every diabetic's case is different, we've collectively learned a few things that can help you on your journey of discovery. We're here to help if we can :-)
Cheers,
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"

"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows"-Epictetus


tjbessey
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Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 65
   Posted 1/8/2010 2:10 PM (GMT -7)   
good4life,
 
I have been where you are and from experience I can tell you I also disagreed with my doctor. That was a bad move. Three years later I almost lost a toe. You now know something that is very important and how you proceed from here is up to you. Right now you know that you are at high risk for diabetes and if you take that knowledge and change your eating and exercise habits now, you might be able to keep the disease at bay for many, many years. Ignore this important information and you are gambling with your life.
 
Even after almost losing a toe I lived in denial for almost six years. I am very lucky that I don't have neuropathy, but in all honesty the worst damage could already be done and just waiting to give me symptoms. Diabetes messes up organs and body parts that you need to live, work and maintain mobility. Protect yourself now. Doubting the doctor could be the costliest mistake you ever make.
 
tj

tjbessey
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Total Posts : 65
   Posted 1/8/2010 2:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Two more points....

1) once they start cutting it never stops.

2) I am not a diabetic. I am a person who has diabetes, but diabetes will NEVER have me!

tj

jujub
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   Posted 1/8/2010 4:53 PM (GMT -7)   
good4life, I was told 8 years ago I had type II. I was on Prednisone at the time, and attributed it to that, thought it would clear when I went off the Pred. It did, and my FBS and A1C were in the normal range for 8 years. Mind you, I was following the diet and exercise recommendations for type II all this time.

I was quite surprised when I went to the doctor for a routine quarterly follow-up last month. My A1C, which had been 6.0 the previous visit, was up to 7.6! I'm now taking meds, and I realize the diabetes never really went away, but I was able to control it with diet and exercise for 8 years.

My recommendation is, even if you don't believe the diagnosis, follow the program anyway. It can't hurt you because it's really just a balanced, healthy diet and exercise is always good for us.

Jeannie143
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Date Joined Apr 2004
Total Posts : 6056
   Posted 1/9/2010 11:54 AM (GMT -7)   
I believed my diagnosis and then went into denial for almost 10 years. Lost 4 toenails to chronic infections, got glasses when my eyes changed from high sugars, got neuropathy in my feet and then my doc put me on insulin... DUH!!! I'm doing better now though it's a bit of a roller coaster on my food choices. I bounce between responsible adult who eats correctly and little kid who wants mashed potatoes and gravy. Every day is a new day to eat better and stay healthy.

My daughter was the one who pointed out to me the results of me not taking care of myself. She said that since she will probably be the one who is in charge of my end of life care she would prefer that I don't have a stroke or become blind because I can't behave. She is, of course, correct. My actions don't just affect me, they affect my entire family. That's why we try to stay the course.

Now, who wants a salad?
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


loverain
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Date Joined Apr 2009
Total Posts : 218
   Posted 1/9/2010 6:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I want a salad, Jeannie...with blue cheese dressing...just a smidgen of it. I also want broccoli and yellow squash. A roasted chicken breast would be heaven with that, please. I will have the mashed potatoes and gravy...make the mashed taters and gravy to go and I will eat those two yummy things in my dreams. Thank you much! Joni

TVEditor
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Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 481
   Posted 1/10/2010 7:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Listen to tj and Jeannie (everyone else too). I had NO symptoms for who knows how long before my doc suggested a finger prick blood test. First reading - 16 (or 288 depending on what scale you use). He wasn't too concerned or in a hurry ... I was mad. He's a good guy but as you'll read around here, it's your body at risk so you have to take the reins, so to speak. The good news is that you can make massive, positive changes in your health.

That is, if you don't eat at Joni's Virtual Diner ;-)

(Pssst ... be a dear and pass the gravy boat will yuh Joni? :-)
Chris - Forum Moderator, Diabetes

~ Diagnosed Type 2 in July 2008 ~ Dropped 53 or so pounds after following HealingWell advice ~
~ Diabetes under control / no meds - so far - knock on head

I used to eat 100% wrong -- now I eat 95% right

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