Hi Wes, and welcome to the group
Lanie hit it pretty much on the head...if you are concerned about
some of those numbers you're seeing on the monitor, I'd get some preliminary tests done at the doc's/lab. Keep a record of those blood sugar tests you're doing with your monitor, what and how much you eat/drink, exercise, and record the times for each. This would be valuable info for your doc. Given your concerns and family history, I would suggest making the appointment just to address those concerns.
The best times to test are: first thing in the morning (fasting: at least 8 hours without food), before a meal and 2 hours after you START eating will give you an idea how your body metabolized that particular meal. The guidelines for what level you should be at before and after eating vary depending what you're diagnosed as having (or not having, as the case may be). I'll let the other Type2's ring in on that one
Strictly speaking, a "normal" person's metabolism will always be between 4-7mmol/L/(72-126mg/DL), regardless of time of day or food consumed. Because Diabetes is a progressive disease, there are various stages at which you can be diagnosed. The rate of progression at any stage, largely depends on the individual. Diet and exercise (lifestyle) are critcal factors for both Type1 and 2.
As someone who was diagnosed as Type2 for 2 years before correctly being diagnosed as Type1, all I can say is that it became very obvious, very quickly that I was definitely a Type1. It's not common to be diagnosed at 37 y/o like I was. I was not over-weight either, so the increasing number of meds and their increasing doses, despite all efforts to control blood sugars, pretty much had the writing on the wall for me that I was LADA (latent adult diabetes onset). There are antibody tests (GAD65) and I think even a C-Peptide test can help establish Type. I just took the rough road
Good luck and keep us posted.
- 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