Do I have diabetes?

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   Posted 9/8/2006 10:37 AM (GMT -7)   
I was hoping somebody could help me out here.  I am a 30 year old male about 5'8" tall and 190 lbs.  I have been to my doctor several times in the past 10 years or so.  I have been having lightheadedness and dizzy spells frequently but fortunately I have never passed out, they happen at all times of the day and are becoming increasingly more as time passes.  I have alot of issues with my vision as well, I have had floaters since my early teens and constantly see flashes of light when looking at the sky or a white background especially.  The flashes of light seem to be increasingly persistent.  I have had instances where I notice deterioration in my vision all of a sudden (blurriness)  Recently I have developed a constant ringing in my ears and I have had issues with impotence in the last 2 or 3 years.  From time to time I do urinate frequently.
  I have been to the cardiologist and neurologist and both have indicated that I have no problems.  The neurologist indicated that the floaters are incurable and get worse with age.
I am starting to think I show signs of Type 2 diabetes but I am not sure if I have ever been tested.... I have heard a glucose test is necessary rather than just a straight blood test?  Any help on this issue would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you.

Pin Cushion
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   Posted 9/8/2006 11:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Do you have a friend that has a blood glucose meter? If so ask them to test you.
Yup the "floaters" can get worse as time drags on.
You might also ask your doctor about migraines. Yes you can have migraines without the headache.
Ask you doctor about enlarged prostate.
Sometimes we have to ask the docs cause they just dont seem to get it.
Sigmoid Colostomy / Crohns / Type 1 Diabetic / Ostioarthritus / Fibromyalgia / Asthma / High Blood Pressure / High Colesterol / Migraines. Ain't life a joy?

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   Posted 9/9/2006 7:53 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi, Dennis.  Welcome to Healing Well!

Definitely time for a complete medical evaluation.  In addition to suggestions from Pin, ask your doc to do an "A1c" which is probably one of the best markers for diabetes.  If findings from the cardiologist and neurologist are unremarkable, then it's back to the GP/Internist for labs and perhaps a good eye exam, too.

Hard to work toward improvement till you identify the problem.  Keep digging!  Let us know what happens next...   :-)

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   Posted 9/13/2006 12:45 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks for the suggestions Pin Cushion and wmnak.  I will keep you posted.  I forgot to mention I had a physical done this past spring and nothing turned up.  I do have alot of different symtoms, some may not be related to others I suppose.


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   Posted 9/13/2006 7:08 PM (GMT -7)   
For those eye problems, have you seen an ophthalmologist?  Flashes of light are possibly signs of a detatched retina.

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   Posted 9/14/2006 9:15 AM (GMT -7)   
I wanted to comment on your post. I had symptoms similar to yours. I started on prednisone back in early spring for an autoimmune illness. I was told then to watch my blood glucose levels and blood pressure but never told to get a glucose testing kit to test with. I have the blood pressure moniter so that was no problem. Before I started the prednisone I was having blurred vision, was extremely thirsty, had frequrny urination, fatigue, a lot of symptoms of diabetes.

I went for an eye exam with my opthomologist in May. I had surgery on my retina seveal years back and go on a yearly basis. He said everything checked out ok. I Could even read the eye chart which surprised me with the blurry vision I had been having. I told him that something was definately wrong with my right eye espically. My vision is blurry, regardless of what my tests showed.
At that time he asked me if I was diabetic. I told him that I didn't think so. He asked the nurse to test me. My blood glucose was almost 300. Now I am being treted for type 2 diabetes. I honestly think I was pre diabetic or already diabetic befor the prednisone, or it brought it on.
I was able to control it with diet for the months. I eat a very low carb diet. I don't exercise enough so lately I have bee having to use insulin more than usual. I am weaning from prednisone and I am fatigued a lot, so I don' t feel like exercising a lot.
Most times just testing your glucose level once or twice can't determine if you have diabetes, I don't believe me. The test that was recommended above in one of the posts is the best way for your doctor to find out if you have it. I think it tracks 3 month sof blood sugar levels. How, I do not know. :-)
But, my oldest daughter had one and they found out that she was hypoglychemic by doing it. Other times her glucose was not low when checked with a monitor or with a CBC.

Have that checked out. Indeed, blurred vision, and some of the other symptoms you are having could be sighns of diabetes. I am hardly an expert, even a newbee to diabetes, but I beileve there are many many people who have it and do not know simply because this test is not ran on a regular basis, not even for physicals (at least I don't think it is), someone please correct me if I am wrong) . From what I have read, the earlier diabetes in diagnoised the easier it is to treat, and the less damage it does to the organs in your body.

Mybest to you,

Be Well,

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it is the sweet fragrance of grace."

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   Posted 9/14/2006 1:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi...My sister also thinks she may have Diabetes. I do have a meter so I'm going to take it over to her house and "test" her.

SPECIFICALLY, what should a "normal" reading be? I know what mine should be but how about someone who doesn't persay have the big "D"??????

What time should I do it, after dinner, before a meal? etc...
How many times should we do it?

Yes, she will be going to the doctor but she is "anxious" until she can get an appointment. In other words, at any given point of the day, what would a NORMAL and ABNORMAL reading be?

Thank you!!!

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   Posted 9/15/2006 11:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Take a fasting reading before breakfast. It should be under 110. Take another reading two hours after a normal meal. You want something under 150 if possible. (These are American numbers. I don't know how to convert to Canadian/British numbers.) Hope this helps.
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   Posted 9/15/2006 1:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you!! We'll try this!
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