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From Birmigham, Alabama, USA:

I turned 30 in July and about two months ago at a required health fair for my employer, I had a blood sugar of 287 mg/dl [15.9 mmol/L] after half of a bagel and a coffee (with Splenda). I haven't noticed symptoms, but was told to see my doctor. I did, and turned out in my fasting level there was 157 mg/dl [8.7 mmol/L]. I have high amylase enzymes, but now we know, not through the pancreas. He thought I was developing type 1 diabetes, because I'm 5 feet, 4 inches and weigh 105 pounds. I'm a vegetarian, a runner posting at least 30 miles a week. I have low blood pressure, no family history of type 1 or 2, and slightly elevated cholesterol, but my good cholesterol is very high. I do eat candy, though. Anyway, he tested for antibodies and C-Peptide. I was negative for type 1 markers, and my C-Peptide was low, but in the normal range (He didn't do glucose level at the same time. I didn't think he was going to be taking blood and I just came from a large meal at IHOP. Would that even make a difference?)

My doctor said I am diabetic and in denial, although he doesn't know what kind of diabetic I am. I bought a cheap home meter and had some normal levels of 115 mg/dl [6.4 mmol/L] to 130 mg/dl [7.2 mmol/L] and a lot of 260s mg/dl [14.4 mmol/L] and up. Yesterday, I was the highest I've seen, 420 mg/dl [23.3 mmol/L]. I tested again and got 433 mg/dl [24.1 mmol/L]. Later, it was back down to 186 mg/dl [10.3 mmol/L]. I know now I'm, thankfully, not type 1, but how could I be type 2? I have absolutely no risk factors, not even ethnicity and I'm on no drugs. What else could cause those glucose numbers? Am I really diabetic, or is it just temporary?


I am not sure you do not have type 1 diabetes. With blood sugars frequently in the 400s mg/dl [over 22.2 mmol/L], have you been recommended to receive therapy? If so, what kind? Even though antibody levels are not elevated, that does not rule out type 1 diabetes. You may be a candidate for insulin therapy. You do have diabetes. It is not temporary. You need to talk more with your doctor and have your particular situation explained in detail.


Original posting 20 Dec 2006
Posted to Diagnosis and Symptoms


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