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i went through a preriod of about 12 months where i ate loads and loads of sweets etc as was giving up smoking so kind of took up sweets etc instead. put in a lot of weight. and randomly my doc tested me for type 2 and said im 6.8 so i am. but if im re tested every time from now on and im below say 5.5 no diabetic. does this mean im still type 2. and does it mean i ever was? could i have just had a high reading as it is based on every 3 months blood levels and i had been unusually binging up to the point of the test. i find it all confusing. i mean other than been told im type 2 how would i know?

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    Hi turvell,

    Was your diagnosis based on your glucose levels alone ?

    Did you or do you have any other symptoms ?.

     

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      well i had the HBA1c test and the lucozade test. but symptoms wise nothing. i dont feel ill but then i never did. the advertised sysmptoms i read about i dont have and enver have had them
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    The longterm Hb1AC blood test will give your doctor an indication of your sugars but if you feel that this is being compromised by your high sugar intake, then I for one would pack in the sweets to get a true reading rather than be stuck on medication for the rest of your life. If you are taking medication for Type 2 then you really need to give your doctor a chance to get a valid blood reading by packing in the sweets.
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      ive not had sweets for over a year and have been on a very good diet for the last year also. im not on medication they just said diet and exercise. i can only imagine that my HBA1c will be a lot lower when im re tested soon. if not normal maybe. i just think that becuse of my binge i made it higher than it would usually be. i read that red blood cells re generate eveyry 3 months. so what i dont get is. if you are showing good normal levels why are you still type 2 ?
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    Your HBA1c test won't necessarily come back as abnormal because you're diabetic. I mean, if you're a being good then it can be a normal reading. The fact that blood cells regenerate doesn't matter (well it does but the pancreas is the main organ for insulin)....the sugars bind to blood cells and insulin helps them be converted to be used..because the body isn't producing enough / any insulin then there's a problem converting the sugars / carbs to energy, (this is a very basic description). For yourself, it may be controlled by diet, just eating sensibly. The lucozade test is kinda putting a set amount of sugar in your system and seeing how effectively your body deals with it. Do you have a test kit at home? What readings do you get before / 2 hrs after eating? Whilst diabetes is type 1 (body doesn't produce insulin) and type 2 (produces some but not enough) there are varying degrees. If you just ignore it (not saying you do) then long term effects will creep up on you (eyesight, neuropathy).

    Good on you for quitting the sweets...I could murder a massive slab of Cadbury caramel!!!

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      so could i. it was easier to give up fags you know. 

      i do have a home test kit and it reads in the normal range before and after meals. the chart the diabetes uk show on there site says that im non diabetic

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    I know what you mean about the fags....still, my only vice!!!

    I'm type 2 and some days its perfectly normal before and after meals, as in I'm in normal range.

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      i really dont get been type 2 its seems to me that its nothing much if you eat healty and thats all i can do anyway. so if i die i die i cant do anymore than im doing now. the ironic thing is i asked my doctor 3 years ago if i was type 2. he just laffed and said dont be so silly. yet 3 years later it was his idea to test me and tell me im type 2 lol. how do you get on with insurance. for travel i mean
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      Type 2 is either not enough insulin being produced or you body doesn't use it effectively enough. As I said, there's varying degrees. Diabetes can "come on". I was 35 when I developed it. You may be lucky enough to be on the lower end of the scale where you've got enough to deal with regular sensible eating. I'm sure they warned you about it not necessarily being sugar, but carbs and how they are processed...that's the pain.

      not thought of insurance actually, good point. I lived in the States when I was diagnosed so my health insurance covered me everywhere. Not bought anything when I've been away since being back here. Mind you, my kidneys are shafted anyway so I'd probably get stuffed on pre existing conditions with that (or the liver transplant!!)

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      its so very confusing isint it. the thing is how do you know if you are coping with it? how do i know if my body is ok. i assume there would be symptoms. but as i feel perfectly fine i dont know what that means. im really sorry to hear about your liver. why is it bad?
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      Typical symptoms are frequent urination, thirsty, tiredness...but sometimes they arent recognisable. If I have a hyper (high blood sugars), feel like burning up, and kinda feel hyper....not like running around, but like I want to shake my arms n legs to get rid of energy. Long term it'll smash your kidneys so keep an eye on kidney function. A lot of it is long term probs developing.

      It is confusing, definately. If your doc is happy with diet controlling it then that's good. My very loose advice from the diabetic nurse was 65g of carbs a meal & cut the poop (sweets, sugary snacks etc.).

      Give it a few months & ask for another glucose test. Did they do the one of take blood, drink stuff, take blood a few hrs later etc?

      My liver.....I broke my leg in 2012, got an infection that spread to my brain (had a craniotomy) then spread to my liver & killed it. Had to have my leg amputated so they could stop the infection to give me a liver transplant.

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      yeah dont have any of them symptoms at all. really sorry to hear about your live mate. where you from? 
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      Near Stansted....moved to California in 09 but had to come home (visa expired because quit work) after accident. You? Hope it all works out ok!

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      im from birmingham. sutton coldfiled area. i would love to go to california. my sister lived there for years but is back here now. my problems are nothing compared to yours. so what have you got to do now? you got to have a transplant
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      Had it out there...broke leg in Jan 12 & never came out of medical facilities for 4 months. Got real sick 2 weeks after the break and tx in march 2012. Meds daily for life (anti rejection) & checkups every 3-6 months. Whole thing cost $4.75m....good insurance though! Still here....poop happens!

      It was lovely out there (lived in Irvine, just south of LA). Cedar Sinai did the op. Top hospital out there.

      Really the diabetes is a stroll in the park. Taking meds every day, its just another check to add to my daily routine.

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