Worth Getting Tested?

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I am an eighteen year old male to begin with. I have had a rough health run recently, i went through a rough bout of a diarrheal disease which has mostly cleared up now for 6 months which in turn triggered an autoimmune disease in my thyroid and then after both of those i was deficient in multiple vitamins and developed chronic fatigue syndrome.

I was looking through my blood tests and medical record the other day and realized i have never been checked for diabetes.

It is not something that runs in the family but i will elaborate on why this prompted suspicion; for a long time there i was getting yeast infections, the doctor said it was most likely due to the fact my immune system was down from chronic disease. It would always come back despite me being perfectly hygienic. I went through weight loss most likely due to the diarrhea however i am eating 1.5x the recommended caloric intake or around eleven thousand kilojoules to increase weight and it has taken me 8 months to gain 9kg and i lose weight extremely quickly. I had a long time there where i was constantly thirsty. My vision would often randomly blur up and i often had minor urinary problems, mostly being the constant need to pee especially at night.

Of course all of that has the whole fatigue thing chucked on top, which is where i got the chronic fatigue diagnosis due to the severe fatigue despite no immediate cause. One of the biggest influences on my energy levels is my food, which is really strange, i miss a meal and i just crash for the rest of the day.

My fatigue has been unchanging despite following a therapy routine for chronic fatigue and i was wondering if maybe diabetes could have fallen in somewhere while everything else was happening and that is inhibiting my recovery? I most likely do have chronic fatigue due to the long run with chronic disease however it refuses change.

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    Sorry to hear that you're suffering with these health issues. Sometimes treating one issue can bring on others. I believe in full spectrum blood testing. Vitamin, minerals, A1C, cholesterol, H Pylori. Information is power and these blood tests can point you in the right direction. In 2015 I was suffering with chronic fatigue and asked for these blood tests. It turned out my A1C was 9.2. Diabetes could cause a number of your symptoms.

    I have read that more young people are getting diabetes that ever before, so it is becoming more common. I thought I was the last person that would ever get it. You would benefit from juicing organic vegetables. It provides high nutrition and replenishes deficiencies. I use the champion juicer. It is easy to clean.

    Also, eat lots organic yogurt. It helps restore the digestive system. Let us know what you find out. John

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    Jai, of course you should be tested, and the first tests are really quick and easy, anyone can do a finger-prick for current blood glucose numbers, and a specialist doctor can do the A1C test in his office on a finger-prick too - and both tests are available at the local pharmacy too, though the A1C is a bit pricier.

    So the thing is, if you've been eating a lot of calories, that could easily be pushing your blood glucose to high levels. Of course to fix it, all you would need to do is go back to a normal diet! Counting carbs to control your blood sugar is a little different from counting calories.

    But - I have to assume that if you've been under medical care for much of anything, they should certainly have checked your blood glucose many times, and maybe even your A1C simply because if they take any blood panel, it's just another check-box. Are you sure the numbers aren't already in your records?

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    Hello Jai, you obviously have something going on. You're too young to be having these sorts of health issues.

    Poor neck health, or even a whiplash injury can trigger chronic fatigue.

    The simple preventative dietary changes you can make are to go off sugar and go completely gluten free. Try a paleo style diet. Some good quality vitamin and mineral supplements can be extremely supportive to your body. Drink plenty of water. Take some essential amino acid supplements to add extra support to your immune system. Deficiencies can really mess you up- a simple magnesium deficiency, fir example, can cause a bunch of symptoms similar to thyroid disease.

    It is also a simple thing to get your fasting blood sugar and a1c tested. You can get a complete thyroid panel done, but even in range numbers don't guaranty that your thyroid is healthy, as diagnosis of thyroid disease requires clinical examination- something not often done these days.

    Diabetes and thyroid disease are both part of the endocrine system, so one affects the other. In addition, adrenal health can be tied in, which also is related to kidney health.

    My experience with thyroid disease, leads me to conclude that it is caused mostly by a combination of nutritional deficiencies and toxicity. The gut problems you've experienced could lead to malnutrition, which can lead to weightloss and thyroid dysfunction. Thyroid disease can oscillate between hyper and hypo- thyroid in the early stages. So that could explain the weight fluctuations.

    Since you can't seem to get any results from the doctor, maybe try some dietary and supplement changes to see if your condition improves.

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