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Diabetes Warning Signs

Diabetes Warning Signs Because type 2 diabetes can lead to some serious health complications, it's important to be aware of any diabetes warning signs and get tested for diabetes, if you have these symptoms. Treating diabetes early, when treatment is most effective, can help prevent these diabetes complications. We'll explain the various diabetes warning signs and also warning signs of specific diabetes problems. Discover why it's important to listen to your body and alert your doctor if you notice any new signs or problems. Warning Signs of Diabetes Sometimes type 2 diabetes can develop without any warnings signs. In fact, about a third of all people who have type 2 diabetes don't know they have it. That's why it's important to talk to your doctor about your risk for diabetes and determined if you should be tested. Common warnings signs of diabetes include: Increased thirst Increased hunger (especially after eating) Unexplained weight loss (even though you are eating and feel hungry) Fatigue (weak, tired feeling) Blurred vision Diabetic coma (loss of consciousness) If you have any of the above mentioned warnings signs of diabetes, give your doctor a call and schedule a diabetes te Continue reading >>

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  1. jeffbase40

    Last week I went to my family doc and he wanted to do a A1C test on me first thing. My heart sank when he told me that I was right on the border of being diabetic. I tested at 6.3. Diabetics is something I've worried about getting for years, and even learned how to home test my blood sugar. Unfortunately, on the last couple of years, I let my weight get out of hand and had not tested in awhile.
    The doctor almost even started me on metformin which scared me even more. I asked him if I was already at the point of no return and he said no, but I would have to make drastic changes to diet. I did have breakfast before the test, but he said that wouldn't affect the numbers.
    I went home and bought some new test strips. I dreaded seeing the number. It would probably be a new high. My first reading was 130, but I had ate some ice cream a couple hours ago. I checked it again two hours later and it was completely normal at 80!
    Is it possible that the A1C didn't give me an accurate reading? How worried should I be? At any rate, I'm immediately making big changes starting with only drinking water and no more desserts.

  2. erjunkee

    OP, the A!C is used as a barometer in terms of the risk of diabetes as well as whether or not the diabetes, if present, is controlled or "out of control," as we term it in medicine.
    While i urge you to work hard to make sure your A1c is always less than 6 (hence, decreased risk of diabetes), I would not worry that the finger stick glucose check is normal. In fact, be relieved that it is.
    Avoid sweets and processed carbohydrates, drink plenty of water, exercise, and have it rechecked as recommended by your primary care doctor.
    I hope this helps!

  3. oldgardener

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jeffbase40
    Is it possible that the A1C didn't give me an accurate reading? How worried should I be? At any rate, I'm immediately making big changes starting with only drinking water and no more desserts.
    It was accurate. An A1c measures your average blood sugar over the last few months; it doesn't measure your blood sugar at the moment that your blood is drawn. Over those months, your blood sugar went up and down according to what you ate and gave you an average of 6.3, or roughly 126 according to this chart:
    A1C test Results - Mayo Clinic

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