I am scared now any advice please

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Just been told  by the  doctor my sugar level  is  9.5 and i have to have a fasting test  in  2 weeks  does this mean i have  type  2  diabetis and  will i have to  go on medication The last  blood test  that showed this  was not a fasting test  so  i am not sure  about anything  I am almost  70 years old  but noticed i have lost a lot of weight and my hair is going thin  any advice  would  be grateful thanks

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    Hello Barbara.

    Do you have any other symptoms indicative of diabetes such as terrible thirst,frequent and copious urination,plus rapid weight loss,blurry eyesight,increasing fatigue etc.

    Do you know anyone with a glucose monitor?

    Some people can get their levels under control with diet,others need diet and medication.

    In the meantime you could cut out sugar in drinks,especially fruit juices and cut down on the carbohydrates.

    Hope this helps

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      Thanls for the reply I dont have a thirst nor  do i urinate more thn  usual  Maybe i should buy a  glucose monitor
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      There's no maybe!  They are a huge help in determing how you react to certain foods.

      Have been using one for two weeks and it has been so useful.

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      Often there are free blood sugar monitor offers at the pharmacy, but if not, you could get one of the generic or store brands at a reasonable price with cheaper test strips. It would be a good idea to test before you eat and two hours after.
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    Hello Barbara,

    I have recently been diagnosed with prediabetes so am working very hard at reducing my blood sugar levels.

    I, too, was suspicious of the result as I had not had a fasting blood test.  However, I've subsequently learnt that there are two tests to determine high blood sugar and this one is called HbA1c which is what I suspect you had.

    Please don't be scared.  Easier said than done, I know. Go back to your doctor and also research as much on the internet as you can about reducing carbohydrates.  It's quite a learning curve and one which the NHS seems light years behind in adopting.

     

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      I have another blood  test in 10 days from now  thought it was in  2  weeks  but its in 10 days do i guess a few days for the  results of that i have to  wait for
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    Hi barbara26695

    A fasting test is to indicate the glucose/sugar levels in your blood to determine if medication is needed as well as to determine whether you have type 1 or 2 diabetes. I would not worry at this time.

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      She thinks  its going to  be type  2 i have no idea  why I cant exercise  to help  either  as i  havve COPD so thats not helping at all Its the first time i have had a high sugar level and looing on the internet  9.5  seems  to  be  quite high

       

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      Hi mark357,

      I'm afraid, sir, that your response to barbara26695 is a little misleading.  A fasting blood glucose test will NOT determine whether someone has type 1 or type 2.  It would, if this is the second ir more fasting blood glucose test that's higher than 5.5 mmol/l (millimoles per litre) [that's 126 mg/dL (milligrams per deciLiter) for our American members] indicate that someone is diabetic, but further testing would need to be carried out to determine which type of diabetes it is.  (C-peptide and/or GABA (Glutamic acid decarboxylase antibodies) are the two most likely to be used.)

      As far as I'm aware, no-one of barbara26695's age, anywhere in the World has been diagnosed as suffering with type 1 diabetes, so she would, in all likelihood, be diagnosed as prediabetic or type 2 diabetic.

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      Hi micksmixxx

      In the eventually of someone becoming a diabetic further tests will be done to determine what type of diabetes the person has. Now they also do other test that is related to diabetes so that they have somewhere to start regarding any kind of medication it required. I can see what you are saying regarding if anyone is type 1 or 2 on a single blood test as that is impossible. Each time they take my bloods, they still check my cholesterol levels as well to see if there are any changes.

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      Hi micksmixxx

      In the eventually of someone becoming a diabetic further tests will be done to determine what type of diabetes the person has. Now they also do other test that is related to diabetes so that they have somewhere to start regarding any kind of medication it required. I can see what you are saying regarding if anyone is type 1 or 2 on a single blood test as that is impossible. Each time they take my bloods, they still check my cholesterol levels as well to see if there are any changes.

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      Exercise can help barbara26695. 9.5 is high and depending on what the doctor see's in the results, will again depend upon the course of action your GP will take.
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      Hi micksmixxx

      In the eventually of someone becoming a diabetic further tests will be done to determine what type of diabetes the person has. Now they also do other test that is related to diabetes so that they have somewhere to start regarding any kind of medication it required. I can see what you are saying regarding if anyone is type 1 or 2 on a single blood test as that is impossible. Each time they take my bloods, they still check my cholesterol levels as well to see if there are any changes.

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      Hi,Although it's unusual,I believe that Teresa May the British Home Secretary was recently diagnosed as type 1 diabetic.
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      Hi blodwyn,

      So sorry it's taken me so long to reply to your post, but I haven't been well for a while.

      Yes, Theresa May HAS been diagnosed as a type 1 diabetic.  She was 57 years of age when diagnosed.  At this age it is usually referred to as LADA (Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults) ... which used to be sometimes referred to as type 1.5.

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