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From Frankfurt, Germany:

I am a 30 year old woman who is overweight, as is most of my family. My job requires me to be sedentary, but I do get a moderate amount of exercise. (Since I don't own a car, I walk everywhere, and I swim once a week.) Two of my grandparents had diabetes, but no one in the next two generations (parents, aunts/uncles, siblings, cousins) has been diagnosed with it so far. I have read that excessive urination is a sign of diabetes. Could you please define excessive? My new roommate has commented that I use the bathroom extraordinarily frequently. Having lived alone for years, I have had no basis of comparison, but I hadn't noticed any sudden changes. The other symptoms for diabetes (fatigue, infections, excessive thirst, weight loss, slow-healing injuries) do not sound familiar. How many symptoms should one have before getting a test?

[Note: Since I'm currently living in a foreign country, the language barrier and health insurance situation will make getting a test anything but routine, but of course I will do it if it seems that I'm at high risk.]


The diagnosis of diabetes and/or any of other categories of glucose intolerance may quite easy: a fasting blood sugar may be often enough. Then, beyond excessive urination (average 1-1.5 liter daily) definition, I'd rather ask your doctor to check your fasting blood sugar (quite a cheap test, performed everywhere) first. In overweight type 2 diabetes symptoms of clinical diabetes (fatigue, excessive thirst and urination, weight loss) might be too late to make the diagnosis and possibly prevent chronic vascular complications.


Original posting 15 Jan 2001
Posted to Diagnosis and Symptoms


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