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nicole1011
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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 4/11/2007 6:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello,

I am newly diagnosed (I think). Let me explain. I took a fasting glucose test and it was normal. The doctor took my blood in her office, but it was normal. I had that yucky orange drink test and that was not normal. She said that I could be diagnosed on the basis of that test alone. She also said I have protein in my urine so this leads her to conclude that I have full blown diabetes. She ordered another test to be taken 2 hours after I have lunch (random glucose). If she knows that I have it, why do I need more tests? What does protein in the urine mean? She gave me the slip, told me she would call me either to see her or for an appointment with an internist. Could someone tell me what this means?

Rhoda
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   Posted 4/11/2007 7:06 PM (GMT -7)   

Did they do a blood test called hemaglobin A1C?  This will tell you what your blood glucose levels have been running over the past two or three months.  That way it is not just a single blood sugar level but an average of them.

Sorry I don't know what protein in the urine means either.  I do know that is one of the tests for a diabetic but I am not clinical enough to know what it means.

Good Luck!


LanieG
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   Posted 4/11/2007 7:39 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Nicole, sorry you're dealing with no definitive answers.  As far as I know, protein in the urine indicates a kidney problem and that might be associated with diabetes.  I read though that it could also be a random presence or associated with something else like an infection.  So maybe further tests for that are necessary.  about whether or not you have diabetes, I agree with Rhoda that they should give you the A1c blood test (just a simple blood test, no drinking that awful syrup for the glucose tolerance test).  That would tell more than a random blood test.  But I'm wondering why you had to take that glucose tolerance test if your fasting blood test and the one in the doctor's office were normal.  Do you have other diabetic symptoms? 

Lanie


nicole1011
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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 4/11/2007 9:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for responding. My doctor made me take the test because I scored a 12 on the risk test, i have high blood pressure, my dad and brother both have diabetes, i am overweight and have high cholesteral. Not to mention most of the symptoms (extreme fatique, frequent urination especially at night, numbness in hands and feet, headaches, irritability and blurry vision. She basically said it's not a matter of if, but of when, given all of the above. She also said I would need more blood tests in the coming months for A1c test is probably next.

LanieG
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   Posted 4/12/2007 6:26 AM (GMT -7)   

Oh!  Then it's understandable about why you took the tolerance test.  Your doctor might refer you to an endocrinologist and some sessions with a nutritionist.  In any case, it would be wise for you to do a few things for yourself in the meantime.  Get active and exercise and walk everyday unless you're already doing that; change your diet to more vegetables and protein; don't eat so much of the complex or simple carbohydrates; get a glucose monitor and write down exactly what you eat and when and test your blood daily which will tell you what your levels are and makes them go up or down.  Finally, read all you can about diabetes here on the forum, online and in books.  There's a lot of information available.  Since it's in your family, they should be able to help you understand it all too.  But, just reading through all the posts here on this forum will be very enlightening.  Do all of this and follow what the doctor says.  Don't forget that everyone here is dealing with the same thing, so there's a lot of knowledge and support when you need it.  Best wishes!

Lanie 

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