Concerned about having type 2

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Hey everyone, sorry for the long post. A little background. I’m a 21 year old female in nursing school. No history of high BP or anything. I’m overweight and my grandmother has diabetes type 2 so it’s always been a worry in the bAck of my head that I may get it some day. Well at the beginning of the semester we were talking about diabetes in class and not sure why but it sent me into a panic wonder if I had the disease (I have a history of anxiety, I tend to worry excessively about things, but not formally diagnosed.) basically, since we began talking about diabetes in class, I’ve had the symptom of frequent urination. I’ve always seemed to go slightly more often than my friends ever since I was little but that’s normal for me. Lately, I feel like I have to go every hour or 2 and am constantly checking my body as to whether or not I have to go. It seems to be more frequent when I’m home and worrying. But it’s not like an overwhelming urge to go, just a feeling that my bladder is somewhat full. When I’m out or busy, not thinking about it I tend to go normally about 6-8 times a day. I also don’t get up at night to go. I don’t have any excessive thirst, blurred vision, yeast infections, slow healing, tingling, nothing like that. Just the sometimes frequent urination. I also don’t drink much water. When I do go it’s not a huge amount and sometimes I’ll go every 30 mins just to “check”. We had to take our blood glucose at school one day for a lab and mine was 98 but that was 2 hours after having a bacon egg and cheese on a roll lol. Of course I wonder if the glucometer gave me a falsely low reading. I’m just getting so nervous that I have diabetes but not sure if I should get checked at the doctor, help

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    I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes back in May, the only symptoms I'd had, with hindsight, were frequent urinary tract infections. Diabetes is diagnosed on the basis of a lab test to determine the level of glucose in your haemoglobin, so only your GP can reassure you on this one by sending you for a blood test.

    There's no point in not consulting your GP if you're worried, IMO. They can test for this very easily. And they night also be able to assess your anxiety to see if you need any help with that.

    I've been put on the pathway of self-management by diet (watching carbohydrates) and exercise. I've managed to lower my blood sugar to the pre-diabetic level, and am aiming to get it down to the normal range by continuing to do what I'm doing. There's all sorts of health care available, like eye checks, if you are diagnosed, so it's much better to get that sorted out rather than just worrying.

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    Hey, it's a nursing school, you should be able to check your blood glucose all you want, and they you'll know. Maybe you can even promote a freebie A1C test, works the same way but costs a few bucks more, that gives you an average for the last 90 days, more or less. If they both agree, you're fine.

    98 two hours after a meal is getting up towards PRE-diabetes, but it's not "real" diabetes by a long shot. And it's not even "pre-" really, that would be more like 110. So I think you're fine. But it's good to be educated on these things, so go ahead and check further.

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    hi everyone, thanks for the replies. i ended up getting my hands on a glucometer and took a few readings, which happened to be about 5 hours after i last ate. the low reading i got was 84 and the high was 94. i know pre-diabetes is 100-125. not sure if the readings i got are ok. i am making an appointment to have a physical and a blood test tomorrow...

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