Could this be diabetes?

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   Posted 1/22/2009 10:02 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm experiencing some symptoms that may not be connected to an autoimmune disease I have.
Basically, I'm hungry allllllll the time, I'm always thirsty and go to the bathroom frequently. I've always had pretty poor blood circulation, and there are a few people in my family with type 2.
I should get this checked out, but I'm so sick of going to doctors to treat the other thing I have. If I do have type 2, is it possible to treat it without any medication?
22 Female, currently on MTX. Previously on Imuran, Remicade, Pentasa, etc. Ileocolic resection in 2006.

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   Posted 1/22/2009 10:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to the Diabetes Forum, cbk.  I know you already know that you have to have a doctor evaluate your health for diabetes.  You would have a blood test or two and possibly a glucose tolerance test.  Some type 2s can control diabetes to various extents by diet and exercise because of the effects these two have on the blood sugar.  In short, the more carbohydrates you eat, the higher your blood sugar.  Both cardio and strength training exercises help keep blood sugar lower as well.  The only way for you to know what your blood sugar is on a daily basis is to use a blood glucose meter to measure it.  If you have a doctor's app't coming up, why don't you discuss it with him/her and ask for a blood test to determine this?  Good luck.

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   Posted 1/23/2009 1:28 AM (GMT -7)   
I also have an autoimmune disease hon. In answer to your question, yes it could be. Make an appointment with your primary doctor....not the oncologist. Since diabetes runs in your family, you probably should be tested yearly if not bi yearly for it. It runs in my family, and due to being smart and getting tested bi yearly the doctors caught mine pretty fast.
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   Posted 1/23/2009 7:30 AM (GMT -7)   
It's also possible that you are having problems with nutrition absorption because of your colon issues. A blood test will help your doctor evaluate your glucose tolerance. Diabetes is serious and not something you want to tackle on your own. If it is diabetes you will need specific dietary help to figure out a food plan since the 'rabbit food' - salad plan may not agree with your 'innerds'. My daughter has Crohn's and the one food group that doesn't bother her is simple carbs, ie. rice, tortillas, potatoes. For me, that's not allowed.

It would probably be best to find out what's up with your blood sugars, and work a plan with your doctor. You may not need to be medicated, only need a good food plan. Or you may need lots of meds to get your numbers in line. REGARDLESS of what you need to do, the numbers are the important part. Get some testing done and if it's diabetes we can help you along, every step of the way.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
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   Posted 2/7/2009 8:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Cbk- I have Fibromyalgia, but am now being tested for Diabetes. I have the same exact symptoms you've described, and my father has the disease. Have you made an appointment yet? I'm just curious. I don't know the outcome of my own blood work yet... Anyway, yes! I would highly encourage you to get tested. It is the only way that you can know for sure and the sooner you get a hold on it, the better. I wish you luck! Keep us updated. :)
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