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Type 2 diabetes without family history

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by kitty, Dec 23, 2005.

  1. kitty

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    Is it possible to get Type 2 diabetes WITHOUT a family history?

    I was diagnosed with hypoglycemia a while back. My doctor is having me check my blood sugar once a day.
    Lately, though, I've noticed that my blood sugar has been higher than normal. For example, last night, before I went to bed, I checked my blood sugar, and it was 168 mg/dl. I took the test at midnight.
    I hadn't eaten since 8:30pm, and hadn't exercised since earlier in the afternoon.

    This morning, I also had a higher fasting level (110 mg/dl). I got a good night's sleep (I slept for 10 hours), so I don't know what's going on. I've been more fatigued lately and have been more hungry, but I haven't shown any other classic symptoms of diabetes.

    Is this something I should worry about, or could the high readings be just a one-time deal? Any advice would help me out a lot!

    Jessie:)
     
  2. Ellen

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    Jessie, you should also check your blood sugar 1.5-2 hours after eating to see if your body is making sufficient insulin to handle the food consumed. If you are lean, the doctor should consider you may have LADA - an adult slow onset of type 1 diabetes. Many lean young adults are initially wrongly diagnosed as having type 2 and find out later they really have type 1 or a form of type 1 diabetes. Are you seeing an endocrinologist?

    Check out this website:
    http://www.diabetesnet.com/diabetes_types/diabetes_type_15.php
     
  3. kitty

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    I checked my blood sugar this morning 1.5 hours after I ate and it was 137 mg/dl. Last night, it was 159 mg/dl an hour and a half after I ate dinner.

    I am not seeing a special doctor, becuase my primary doctor doesn't see the point since I have hypoglycemia and not diabetes.
    I am also not lean, I weigh 233 lbs., but I am "pear shaped" and most of my weight is in my thighs and backside.
    I did ask my mom if she knew of anyone, even ancestors who had diabetes and the only 2 people she knew of that had Type 2 were my great-grandma and great uncle on my mom's side of the family. No one in my family has ever had Type 1 diabetes.

    Jessie
     
  4. Ellen

    Ellen Senior Member

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    Blood glucose levels of 159 and 137 are elevated, albeit not extremely elevated. This would indicate HYPERglycemia, not hypoglycemia. General practitioners may believe they know how to treat endocrine disorders, but they are not specialists. I urge you to make an appointment with a board certified endocrinologist.
     

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