Is Type 2 Diabetes Low Blood Sugar?

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Treatment for diabetes aims to keep your blood glucose levels as normal as possible and control your symptoms to prevent health problems developing later in life. If you've been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, your GP will be able to explain your condition in detail and help you understand your treatment. They'll also closely monitor your condition to identify any health problems that may occur. If there are any problems, you may be referred to a hospital-based diabetes care team. Making lifestyle changes If you're diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, you'll need to look after your health very carefully for the rest of your life. This may seem daunting, but your diabetes care team will be able to give you support and advice about all aspects of your treatment. After being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, or if you're at risk of developing the condition, the first step is to look at your diet and lifestyle and make any necessary changes. Three major areas that you'll need to look closely at are: You may be able to keep your blood glucose at a safe and healthy level without the need for other types of treatment. Lifestyle changes Diet Increasing the amount of fibre in your diet and reducin Continue reading >>

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  1. Wif_

    Has anyone had this? What does it mean?
    I had my 28 week midwife appointment today and my urine had glucose in it. The midwife said that it didn't matter because I didn't have any other symptoms such as drinking alot. I told her that over the last few weeks I had actually nearly trippled the amount I was drinking and felt thirsty all the time.
    Her response was just to say that if I still had glucose in my urine at next appointment they would do a glucose tolerance test. I tried to get more info from her but she was basically pushing me out the door.
    Now I am starting to worry. My next appointment is in three weeks and I have no idea what this glucose business means or what a tolerance test is. Is it dangerous?

  2. mazncraig

    Hi Wif. Sometimes Glucose in the Urine can indicate Diabetes which can sometimes be brought on through pregnancy. A lot of women that get diabetes through pregnancy find that thy no longer have it when they have gone onto have the baby.
    A glucose test is basically where you fast and go into the surgery where you have a blood test. You then sit and wait for a couple of hours (boring) while drinking a bottle of lucozade and then you have another blood test so they can see how the body deals with the sugar intake.
    I hope this helps a little x

  3. Maenad_

    Oh Wif, you are not having an easy time of it are you my darling?
    Your midwife is being a tad irresponsible because increased thirst is a symptom of diabetes and needs to be checked out.
    What's your GP like? I would pop along to your surgery, explain your concerns, take a first morning urine sample and ask them to run a fasting blood sample or a GTT. A HBA1C will pick up anomalies in glucose levels - GTT is more appropriate for gestational diabetes because this is typified by normal glucose readings pre-meals but with postprandial spikes because it's a case of you becoming insulin-resistant rather than having full blown high blood glucose - however I don't know if they are geared up to do GTTs in surgeries.
    If you want any hand holding lovely, you're welcome to email me, I wish I didn't know as much as I pigging did about diabetes but sadly I do!

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