Hypoglycemia to Diabetes?

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   Posted 10/22/2007 7:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello!  I know I read somewhere years ago that having hypoglycemia increases your chances of developing diabetes later in life.  is there any fact to this?  I've been diagnosed with hypoglycemia for about 4 years.  My mom has Type 2 diabetes.  I also take steroids, and have for years.  my GI usually tests my glocose level, but hasn't in awhile, since my meds can raise my blood sugar.  I've got all the symptoms of Type 2 diabetes - I've lost 60+ pounds in a short period of time without trying, my vision has changed, I'm hungry but not gaining weight, peeing all the time, tired, cranky, thirsty, eye pain, etc.; my mother tells me that she was awoken last night to a voice telling her to make sure i was tested, so I will be tomorrow.  But I know I thought there was a relation between being hypoglycemic and having diabetes.
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   Posted 10/22/2007 8:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Sounds like you have diabetes now.My hubby's sugar drops every so often & has to eat something right then.....

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   Posted 10/23/2007 6:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Shannon, I've also read there was a correlation between having hypoglycemia when you're younger to having diabetes when you're older.  And you're right about the steroids since they raise blood sugar which is why doctors have to monitor you closely for diabetes in that case.  Despite the steroids, though, when diabetes is in the family, there's more tendency towards the disease, too.  The bottom line is that testing for diabetes is absolutely needed, even if it's steroid induced.  Good luck with the tests and be thankful your doctor is being cautious (although this should have been tested more frequently!)  I am not a doctor and I would not declare that you have diabetes.  Even 'normal' people's blood sugar can drop every so often, but with your symptoms and especially the steroids, you have to follow up on this and treat it - which is what you're doing.  Let us know what the results are.

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