From Orlando, Florida, USA:
I am 42 years old, 20 pounds overweight, have been having some hormone problems, and I have a family history of diabetes. Several tests for diabetes in the past have been normal, but I am now having some more exaggerated symptoms, and I have trouble telling the difference between symptoms of hormonal changes and diabetes. Have any studies been done on women my age and older? Are there crossover symptoms?
I am very dissatisfied with doctors and tests that read "normal". What's normal for me? What if I feel symptoms more acutely (kind of like an early warning system)? What are the best tests to take when you don' t know what you have?
The diagnosis for type 2 diabetes is straightforward. It is a laboratory diagnosis with two fasting values greater than 126 mg/dl [7 mmol/L] on separate occasions. However, it has been shown that the higher the fasting glucose, the more likely it is to develop diabetes. If your fasting is less than 115 mg/dl [6.4 mmol/L], that is better than 120 mg/dl [6.7 mmol/L].
With regard to perimenopausal symptoms, the FSH level can be measured, and when it is greater than 20, there is an increased likelihood of progression toward menopause. This occurs in a continuum, not overnight. I would recommend speaking with your physician about your symptoms and have a discussion about your test results. The problem with symptoms is that they are not specific for any one thing.
Original posting 18 Oct 2001
Posted to Diagnosis and Symptoms
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:26
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