The Early Warning Signs of Diabetes

Updated on June 23, 2017
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Stephanie Hicks has been a type 1 diabetic for 15 years. She manages the disease with an insulin pump, doctor visits, diet, and exercise.

Warning Signs May Indicate You Have Diabetes

Diabetes is an epidemic in the United States. Millions of people have been diagnosed with the disease, the most prevalent form being "Type 2," commonly known as adult onset. Both Type 1 diabetes and Type 2, can strike children and adults alike, however. And both diseases can be deadly.

There are similarities between the symptoms, but many people either are not aware of them, or choose to ignore them until their blood sugars reach dangerous levels. At this point, hospitalization is often necessary. Death may occur in some cases. For these reasons, it is important to learn the early warning signs of diabetes.

If you suspect you have diabetes, it is best to face this possibility and see your doctor as soon as possible. Certainly, if you ignore the early warning signs of diabetes, it will not go away and will likely get worse with more complications. Often, a simple change in diet and exercise plan may be all that is prescribed. As you age, your doctor may recommend regular blood tests to make sure that your blood sugar levels, as well as your cholesterol and other numbers are where they should be. Treatments are improving and easier for everyone across the board that suffers from this ailment.

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How is Diabetes Diagnosed?

If you are exhibiting early warning signs of diabetes, your doctor will likely have you come in for a series of lab tests. The first value will be taken after fasting overnight. A healthy nondiabetic person should have a blood sugar reading in the range of 80-115 mg/dl, before eating. Levels higher than this may indicate the need for additional tests or monitoring, or may be the basis for a diagnosis. A reading over 200 mg/dl is generally accepted as indicative of diabetes. The lab may then have you drink a sugary drink with a certain amount of carbohydrates. Two hours "post-meal," another blood draw will be taken to see how (or if) your pancreas is producing insulin in response. Blood sugar levels over 150 mg/dl may show some compromise in your system, as a result of diabetes.

What is Diabetes?

Early Warning Signs of Diabetes - Contact your Doctor!

A number of tell-tale signs should send a red flag up and have you scheduling a simple blood test with the doctor. The most significant of these include, usually in combination:

  • significant- excessive thirst
  • unexplained weight loss
  • extreme fatigue
  • hunger that does not cease
  • frequent urination (bed-wetting for older children)
  • blurred vision

The general reason for these symptoms is that your body is trying to flush out the excess blood sugar in your system that it is unable to use due to the inadequate or absent insulin. Without adequate insulin to help convert the carbs you eat into energy for your muscles, you become fatigued and tired, and.... more hungry. In short, it is a vicious circle.

You lose weight because the energy you consume is not making it into your cells and instead is getting flushed through your system as waste. The extra blood sugar in your system clogs the smallest capillaries, particularly those leading to the corneas and your extremities (certainly, you have heard of diabetic amputations?)

Difference Between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes

Type 1 Diabetes: Some people may know this as "juvenile diabetes," but some adults may be diagnosed with the disease (yours truly included), as well. The major distinguishing factor between Types 1 and 2 is that, the disease occurs as a result of an autoimmune reaction that causes the body to literally attack itself - specifically, the pancreas - killing off the cells that make insulin. As a result, any sugar that is ingested, or any carbohydrate that is converted in the digestive process into blood sugar cannot be "unlocked" to be used by the muscles as energy. The sugar simply builds up in the blood, and will continue to do so until medical intervention.

Type 2 Diabetes: This used to be referred to as "adult onset," until the epidemic of childhood obesity gave rise to many more cases of Type 2 diabetes in children under the age of 18. This disease may be the result of a metabolic strain on one's system, often due to being overweight and/or lack of exercise. Sometimes it just occurs as one ages. The individual's pancreas may have difficulties producing enough insulin to keep up with the amount of blood sugar in the system. Obviously, with less sugar or carbohydrate ingested, the less strain on the overworked pancreas. Also, exercise naturally helps lower blood sugar, which has a positive effect, as well. These are generally the first steps recommended to a newly diagnosed Type 2 diabetic.

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Lifestyle Changes for Those Diagnosed with Diabetes

If you are heeding the early warning signs of diabetes, good for you for getting this information. But I know, it's tough. If you are diagnosed with Type 2, you catch it early on, and you are relatively young, you may be able to make some dietary changes and exercise, all while monitoring your blood sugar, to see if you can avoid further medical intervention. Weight loss is a great first step, if you are clinically obese. You will probably do well to attend some sessions with a dietitian to learn serving sizes and count carbohydrates. This will be to your benefit - and your blood sugar levels will fall into line if you pay attention and follow their advice! Managing diabetes is intensive, but not impossible.

For those with more advanced cases of Type 2, or for Type 1, your physician will likely have an intensive training session for you - perhaps at the hospital. But don't let the fear or shots of finger pricks scare you. The shots are subcutaneous - that is, right under the skin, and not into the muscle. Generally speaking, they are less painful. Shots are typically taken into the stomach, but may also may be taken in your buttocks or thighs, if your doctor approves. You may start out with only one or two shots a day. With finger pricks for blood testing, many lancets have dials for you to set how "deep" they go, and the needles are so fine, you can barely feel them these days. Many meters and test strips now allow for testing on the forearm, instead of fingertips, allowing for less pain and callouses.

Medications for Diabetes

If diet and exercise is determined not to be effective for a Type 2 patient, there are a number of oral medications that may be prescribed if the warning signs of diabetes are accurate. These generally work by helping the metabolism of sugars in the blood. Depending on the medication, carefully follow prescribing instructions. Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) may result, which can leave you disoriented, shaky, and you may even pass out.

Over time, and with a combination of weight loss and exercise, some Type 2 patients may stave off the prospect of ever needing to take insulin shots. Others, depending on their own metabolism, family history, or personal factors, may advance over time, to having to take insulin, despite best efforts. Just as with the initial diagnosis, you should not avoid this end result, if it is necessary. Overall health and longevity likely hangs in the balance.

While it is true that you may have to prick your finger to check your blood sugar, on a daily (or more often basis), a diabetic will also have to have lab tests at least quarterly to check their average blood sugar levels for the past 12 weeks - this is commonly known as the A1C test. A nondiabetic would probably have a result of 5.0 or lower. Diabetics aim to have a value under 7.0 to prevent long-term complications. Your test results will be evaluated at appointments at least 4 times a year with an endocrinologist, a specialist does kamagra work trained in metabolic diseases like diabetes.

Healthy daily blood sugar levels are in the range of 80-120, with fasting blood sugars at about 100. Any reading higher than 240 may require a call to the doctor. Higher than 350 and you may need to go to the ER.

Early Warning Signs of Diabetes

Children with Diabetes

If you have a child, medical advances in the diabetes field in the past 5 years have been tremendous. Your pediatrician can provide some assurances if you are faced with the difficult diagnosis of diabetes for a young person in your life. Insulin pumps and sensors, while daunting at first, actually provide much more freedom and security for a "normal" life in the long run. You need not be too afraid if you see the early warning signs of diabetes in your son or daughter.

What Happens on Diabetes Medication?

If you are prescribed oral medications and/or insulin with diabetes, your doctor will likely recommend that you test your blood sugar more frequently than once a day. The possibility of extreme low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) is a side effect of these medications. Once your blood sugar dips below 65 mg/dl, you may become confused, shaky, dizzy and disoriented. At this point, it may become difficult to treat the low blood sugar without assistance. Carrying glucose tablets or kamagra tablets uk candy to provide a quick response to raise blood sugar in these circumstances is always a good idea. Always test your blood sugar before driving, or operating machinery.

Illness, on the other hand, may have the effect of raising blood sugars, even if you are not able to eat anything. Type 1 diabetics in particular must monitor more frequently in these circumstances to prevent hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) and/or ketoacidosis - the dangerous build-up of ketones in the system which can lead to coma or worse.

Use Your "Diabetes Team"

Do not panic if the early warning signs of diabetes turn out to be true. You will probably feel overwhelmed if you have a new diagnosis of diabetes. It is true that there is so much information to digest and understand. Don't get too discouraged - there is even hope on the horizon for a diabetes cure. In the meantime, rely on your "diabetes team" of experts to provide you the specific information you need, as it relates to your specific condition and health. This will include your endocrinologist (a doctor that specializes in metabolic diseases like diabetes), nurses, opthamologist, physician, dentist, nutritionist, and potentially others. In the first weeks and months after a diagnosis, you may find yourself calling these people frequently! Do so!

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        David 

        2 months ago

        Nice article. Just FYI: You mentioned the excess blood sugar clogs the small capillaries that go to the cornea and extremities. The cornea actually is avascular. I think you probably meant the retina, which is rich in blood vessels.

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        Tammy 

        4 years ago from Louisiana

        I was browsing through the Health hubs and came across this one. Diabetes runs in my family, so sugar has become a big concern for me. I eat too much of it, so I am trying to cut back. Thank you for this article. It is very helpful.

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        Stephanie Hicks 

        4 years ago from Bend, Oregon

        Hi Amy,

        Well, that doesn't sound normal. Can you get a second opinion? You could have another type of blood sugar disorder. The symptoms, other than frequent thirst, sound a lot like hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Even if you don't get a diagnosis, I suggest you bring small fiber/protein/healthy carbohydrate snacks with you and eat something every two hours. Drink plenty of fluids too. Don't let yourself go too long between meals. My favorite snacks are peanut butter and celery, triscuits and sliced cheese, banana and peanut butter, or even some of the pre-packaged granola bars do well in a pinch (I have a box in my car always) ;) Best of luck!

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        Amy 

        4 years ago

        Kept having symptoms of diabetes such as frequent thirst, always hungry, tired and when I don't eat I get shaky, mood changes drastically, confusion and extreme hunger. I'm normal weight and hieght for my age (16) so had a fasting blood test and results came back all fine? What else do you think it could be and how should I go about this? My doctor was very rude and un caring when I went to see her.. Me and my mother are not quite sure what to do next? Thank you in advance.

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        Stephanie Hicks 

        5 years ago from Bend, Oregon

        I am so sorry to hear that, FlourishAnyway. Very sad, indeed. I have a good friend whose father lost his leg below the knee due to diabetes complications. Best to you and to your uncle. Steph

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        FlourishAnyway 

        5 years ago from USA

        Useful, informative hub. My family has a long history of diabetes, so I have seen the unfortunate consequences it can cause. For example, my uncle will likely be getting his foot amputated within the next few months because of the disease. Sad.

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        Merissa 

        5 years ago

        Hi, I am really small and I ha e always been. In a few weeks I'm going to get a blood test. Why am I getting a blood test?

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        Leon 

        5 years ago

        Hi Steph you seem really kind and helpful with all this diabetes information , Im slightly worried i may have diabetes as im urinating a bit more frequently (8-10 times a day) Ive had a random blood glucose test , finger prick test and urine dipstick test which have all been normal but i still feel like i need to go back to the doctors and ask for further testing because ive seen people say online that those tests aren't acccurate/reliable enough?

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        Kirit Koladiya 

        5 years ago from Ahmedabad, India

        Hi, that was very useful hub about early detection of diabetes. There are still many people who don't know that they have diabetes which is major issue with diabetes care, your hub is very useful for such people. Thanks again.

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        Stephanie Hicks 

        5 years ago from Bend, Oregon

        Hi Glenn,

        That is very sad about your childhood friend. You are right that people have to be motivated to take care of themselves, whether its diabetes or other conditions that may be managed with diet and exercise.

        Best to him, and thank you for the comment - Stephanie

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        Glenn Stok 

        5 years ago from Long Island, NY

        I have two friends with diabetes. One takes care of himself. He diets well and exercises, and he has it totally under control. The other is a friend I've known for most of my life. He has been obese since early childhood and developed type II diabetes. I watched him go through his life not caring to do anything about it. He takes insulin, but he eats to much, all the wrong things. He blames his health problems on his diabetes instead of trying to do anything to improve himself. Your hub might be very useful for him if only he would want to read it. Those who care about themselves will find your hub very worthwhile reading.

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        chestnutj 

        5 years ago

        Im a new member to this site. HELP!! My husband & I live in Jacksonville, FL. He has diabetic 2, take pills, tyroid meds and insulin shots, his job insurance can't afford to supply insulin. He's been off for 1 1/2 months of insulin and the danger signs are starting to show (excessive urine, thirsty dry mouth) Is there a place to go to buy insulin. I've check Publix @ $296/mo supply. Where does a live person get that kinda money. Help?

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        Lachie 

        5 years ago

        Hi i'm twelve and I'm a fairly overweight and I keep worrying I will get diabetes. I'm not excessively thirsty or hungry or anything. Sometimes, after I blink my eyes are a bit blurry and I have to blink and that usually occurs in the morning. I don't usually go outside but I go to school everyday and hang out and play sports. I don't think it's diabetes though I just keep worrying. PS I usually have an equation of 100 or 120 gms of sugar a day including soft drinks and lemonade but I have healthy meals like dinner and lunch. Please respond asap.

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        Shirlee 

        5 years ago

        I was diagnosed 10+ years ago and have never had a "diabetes team" or seen an endocrinologist. The G.P. has never seen me more than once a year.

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        danfaco1308 

        6 years ago

        thanks stephen its worth reading, you ease my worry. i've got 118 mg/dl on my blood sugar just last wk.

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        Jenn 

        6 years ago from Pennsylvania

        Very useful hub. Diabetes runs in my family, so it's good to know this. Voted up and useful.

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        BlissfulWriter 

        6 years ago

        One way to reduce risk of type 2 diabetes is to go on a low-carb (that also means low-sugar) diet. Anyone with some glucose intolerance should consider this type of diet. The Paleo diet is also a low-carb diet.

        There is also another type of diabetes (loosely known as type 1.5 diabetes) which is an autoimmune condition that causes death of insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreases (similar to type 1 diabetes), but it occurs much later in life (such as in the 40's) rather than in juvenile. The proper term for this is "Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults" (LADA).

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        Madeleine Salin 

        6 years ago from Finland

        Diabetes is a common disease and it's increasing. This is a very good and informative hub. I'm sure many readers will find it useful. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

        If you have to take insulin injections there's now also the alternative to have an insulin pump.

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        sarovai 

        6 years ago

        Very elaborate and informative. Your writing about diabetes , tells everyone not to get panic and seek for right medication by authorized person. Thank u for sharing this hub.

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        Melanie Palen 

        6 years ago from Midwest USA

        Very interesting. There are a few people in my family with diabetes (non-insulin dependent.) I've had a spike in blood sugar in the past and had to monitor my blood sugar, but I've been pretty good since then. This is a really helpful hub, I'll have to pay more attention to potential warning signs!

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        Stephanie Hicks 

        6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

        Thank you Kelley and Fullerman! Appreciate the votes and comments - best, Steph

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        Ryan Fuller 

        6 years ago from Louisiana, USA

        Living with a parent that has diabetes, this is great advice and great information. I often wonder sometimes if I will be a victim of this common disease. Thanks for sharing this information. This was very helpful. Voted up and usefull.

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        kelleyward 

        6 years ago

        What an important hub! From one diabetic to another we both know how important it is to catch diabetes early. These warning signs are a terrific place to start! Voted up and shared! Kelley

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        Stephanie Hicks 

        6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

        Hi Marie,

        Call your doctor or head to an urgent care clinic. Describe your symptoms and ask for a blood glucose test. Good luck! Don't wait - Stephanie

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        Marie 

        6 years ago

        Hi,

        I had lost 4 pounds in the past 3 days and have been having some blurry vision (I have glasses so I thought it was that) but it goes off and on. I'm very thirsty and I drink lots of water. Also last night I went to the bathroom and then 10 minutes later I had to go. What shall I do?

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        dr stephen chan 

        6 years ago from U.S.A

        @kk

        That is simply not enough information to diagnose diabetes, if you are concerned, you should see your doctor. Are you overweight? What is your diet like? Do you get regular exercise? There are more questions that need to be answered before you can come to a conclusion.

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        kk 

        6 years ago

        Im 13 years old and for the past two weeks i have been urinating 9-12 times a day and drinking a lot of water. I haven't lost or gained any weight, but no matter how much i eat,im still hungry.Also, no matter how much I sleep, i am always feeling tired. Could this be type 1 diabetes?

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        Stephanie Hicks 

        6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

        Oh, what a relief Nikki!! So happy to hear that!

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        nikki118 

        6 years ago

        i don't have diabetes!!!!:D

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        Stephanie Hicks 

        6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

        Good luck Nikki!

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        nikki118 

        6 years ago

        i had to get a blood test for it today:(

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        Stephanie Hicks 

        6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

        Hi ashley, I suggest making an appointment with your doctor to go over your symptoms. If you also notice dramatic changes in mood, weight loss, and being extremely tired, do not delay seeking medical attention. Best, Steph

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        ashley s 

        6 years ago

        hi, im experiencing some of these symptoms but only for 2 days so far. should i be worried?? the sympoms are headache, feeling weak and sick, thirstier than usual and needing to pee alot. thx:) ash

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        Stephanie Hicks 

        6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

        Good! Take care!!

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        nikki118 

        6 years ago

        thx for replying so quickly!:) if the symtoms don't change by tomorrow i promise i will ask:)

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        Stephanie Hicks 

        6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

        Hi Nikki - don't worry about being wrong. I would simply ask your parents to take you to the doctor and describe what is going on. The blood test is very simple and you need to rule out diabetes. If you do have it, you need treatment right away. Good luck! Sending you the best, Steph

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        nikki118 

        6 years ago

        hi im 12 yrs old and scared i have diabetes cos i had to pee 10 times testerday feel sick got headaches but i am still eating and drinking normally. sometimes my vision goes a bit blurry and my fingers tingle a little. i am scared to tell anyone that i think i hv it cos i don't want to feel stupid!!!! what do u think i should do and do u think i have it???:(

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        Stephanie Hicks 

        6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

        Thanks Giselle - I have to admit that I was surprised about Type 1 in adulthood when I was diagnosed at age 34. Thank you for the comment! Best to you, Steph

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        Giselle Maine 

        6 years ago

        A fascinating and eye-opening hub. It was very informative to learn about diabetes from someone with actual experience. I admit that I didn't realize type 1 could develop after childhood - there is so much to learn. Thanks for sharing and educating!

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        Stephanie Hicks 

        6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

        Thanks Kelley, this was one of the first hubs I published here at HP a few years ago. I really hope that it helps people that may have diabetes. Cheers, Steph

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        kelleyward 

        6 years ago

        Very informative hub! You put a lot of work into this and it shows. Voted up and shared! Thanks!

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        Stephanie Hicks 

        6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

        Hi Poshcoffeeco,

        A fasting blood sugar is preferable, and your doctor should know whether or not you ate prior to the blood test. In fact, he or she should direct you to fast or not. If you have not fasted, you should let them know how recently you ate or drank something (other than water).

        The symptoms do sound suspiciously like diabetes, and you are smart to have to checked now. Hope you feel better soon and get some answers. Best, Steph

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        Steve Mitchell 

        6 years ago from Cambridgeshire

        Hi Steph, I have an appointment in just over a week. I was tested last year and my Dr wants to test again as most of the symptoms are still present. Thirst, some weight loss, blurred vision, extreme hunger, faintness at times, relieved with taking on sugary carbs in small, regular portions. Last time I can't remember if I fasted before the test. Would that help or hamper the results of the test in terms of blood sugar levels at the time?

        Thanks for this article.

        Vote up/awesome

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        Stephanie Hicks 

        6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

        Hi Auth,

        Well, your symptoms could indicate something is going on. Before I was diagnosed, I stopped at every water fountain and was always extremely thirsty, even though I normally don't drink enough fluids. A blood test is quite simple and it might put your mind at ease. Talk to your doctor - Best, Steph

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        Auth 

        6 years ago

        Hi,

        I have some symptoms such excessive hunger and fatigue. And im lean and don't gain weight. Though I don't drink water (generally 3 glasses a day, yes I know too little) I urinate around 5-6 times a day. Do you think I should take a blood sugar test? I haven't collapsed or fainted so far... Help!

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        Stephanie Hicks 

        6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

        Hi Lindsey,

        Please do not wait for your daughter to get seriously ill. I would go to the ER at this point because your daughter may need immediate medical attention to bring her blood sugar levels down to normal levels. Do not go back to that other doctor. Trust your instinct here. It may take too long to get in as a new patient to an endocrinologist without a diagnosis of diabetes. Best of luck, Steph

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        Lindsey 

        6 years ago

        Anyone.....PLEASE help me. My daughter (7yrs) has lost 3 lbs in under 2 weeks, is very thirsty, eating SO much and never is full, lastly she has mood swings. Not awful but noticeable. Her father's side of family is riddled w/ adult onset diabetes. My dad suggested I test her blood sugar. She was 152 3 hrs. after eating after the 1st ever test, so we started monitoring regularly. Her numbers before food are always normal but after she eats she is anywhere between 170 clear up to above 600! I took her to the Dr. Just moved here so it was first visit. He was rude, implied I was diagnosing her for NO reason and did not even LOOK at the log I had taken over a 4 day period of her levels, meals, etc. He sent us for the tests and then after refusing to tell me the numbers, said she is fine. Blood sugar under control ONLY when I eliminate carbs/sugar. Common sense says there is something wrong?!?! I have 3 children and a full time job. Dr. is treating me like I am some munchousen mother who needs a "sick" child????? On the contrary, the thought of it breaks my heart. BUT, if she is sick, I want to know how to help her and what to do! This Dr. won't listen, interrupts me with smug remarks and I am simply asking him for answers or any explaination for her elevated sugar levels. Can anyone point me in the right direction? Should I go straight to an endocrinologist? Or wait until she shows the symptoms this Dr. says are more clear. Sugar spilling into urine, listless and extremely ill. Is there a "lead in" period to diabetes? Can type 2 go undiagnosed in early stages? Is there any other explaination as to why her blood sugar is high when eating carbs/sugars even in moderation???? If this is diabetes, I want to keep it under control as early as possible! Not wait until she is so ill and under weight that she is miserable.

        Thank you!

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        Stephanie Hicks 

        6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

        Hi Skye,

        Do not panic, talk to your parent or guardian and let them know what is going on. I suggest you go to the doctor or urgent care clinic where they can give you a quick blood test with a meter to see if your sugar is too high. Take care! Steph

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        Skye 

        6 years ago

        Hi I'm 14 years old and i have had some of these symptoms what should i do??

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        Alissa 

        7 years ago

        Great hub - not scary, plenty of info. I was diagnosed after being thirsty, sleepy and having breath that smelt of pear drops.

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        ncuxapa_ 

        7 years ago

        Informative and very well organized hub about diabetes. Work well done!

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        Stephanie Hicks 

        7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

        Thanks Dolores - diabetes is, indeed, becoming an epidemic. Stories like those of your friend are also common, unfortunately. Its easy to overlook or explain away early warning signs of diabetes, but quite dangerous as well. Best to you, Steph

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        Dolores Monet 

        7 years ago from East Coast, United States

        Diabetes is so common here in the US and so dangerous! I have a friend who became to listless, she thought she was sick and didn't have the sense (due to extreme fatigue) to suspect diabetes. She wound up in the ICU, could have died. Thanks for the info!

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        jenny 

        7 years ago

        hi im only 12 years old and idk if i have it im really scared and the only thing i experienced is yawning and im not hungry but i feel like eating please help

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        spirit7 

        7 years ago

        Lots of great information. Helpful hub

        http://Curefor-Diabetes.com

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        iskra1916 

        7 years ago from Belfast, Ireland.

        Truly excellent hub!

        Brilliant!

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        Candace 

        7 years ago

        Thanks for the useful hub.

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        cricket_snapper 

        8 years ago

        This is a great hub. Full of useful information!

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        Stephanie Hicks 

        8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

        Thank you Winsome! I'll go check out your hub as well. Cheers, Stephanie

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        Winsome 

        8 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

        Hi Stephanie, very well done and helpful. I will link to this on my Warning! Read this first! hub. Nice to find you.

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        tarotexperience 

        8 years ago from UK

        A great article and thought you might be interested in a support and advice web siute which is http://www.diabetescommunity.org.uk

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        Stephanie Hicks 

        8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

        Thanks much! I will be starting a new diabetes blog in the coming weeks. Take care

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        8 years ago

        nice images. as well as your post. it is very informative. i will tell this to my friends, keep up the good work.

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        8 years ago from UK,M

        bravo hub

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        Stephanie Hicks 

        8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

        Oh boy - I am sorry to hear about the renal failure! How do you like the pump? I was diagnosed with Type 1 about 6.5 years ago and only spent about 6 months taking shots.

        You are right that the average person doesn't know what to do for lows or highs - even my mom still asks... what do you do when low? Take a shot? But my sister has gotten better noticing when I stop making sense - means I'm low and gotta get some tabs, cola or juice!

        Take good care!

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        unfaithfulsfan 

        8 years ago from Sloan NY

        Great hub, Steph. I've been Type 1 for 31 years and due to my refusal to accept the consequences, I'm now in Stage 3 Renal Failure. I've been pumping now for just over a year, check my glucose at least 10 times daily and my wife helps me really watch my diet to prevent the kidney disease from worsening.

        Hopefully non-diabetics will read your hub as well to gain a better understanding of the disease which I feel is one of the most misunderstood of all metabolic disorders. The average person does not know what to do to help a diabetic in the event of lows or highs.

        While the patient should know, sometimes the condition prevents their being coherent in extreme situations.

        Sorry for rambling. In short (finally!) great hub! Keep it up!

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        jppayal 

        9 years ago

        simple and full of information. anybody who is diabetes type 2 should read the hub i have made.

        it tells you basic yoga exercise and some home remedies which definitely can help you

        Thanks

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        dwmiller 

        9 years ago from Virginia, USA

        Very, Very helpful hub. I took my glucose level two hours after eating pizza today. It was 157. Could be heading toward type II. I will be using the information on this hub.

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        Julia 

        9 years ago

        Great hub - my glucose level hovers around 143 - I want to lose weight to hopefully bring it down.

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        Stephanie Hicks 

        9 years ago from Bend, Oregon

        Rob, oh my... all the best to you! Please email me and let me know when your site is up. I would love to read and comment. Its a tough disease.... after 6 years, I am so tired of living with Type 1 diabetes. But it is possible. I ran a marathon last year! Ii hope and pray that there will be a cure in our lifetime. If you have any questions, please keep in touch. Thinking of you and your son. Best, Steph

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        Rob Jundt 

        9 years ago from Midwest USA

        Steph, this is a great hub thoughtfully presented and full of all the right information. Our youngest son, now 7, is Type 1; and to say the least, the change in lifestyle for all of us had been large, but not (as you stated) impossible. Type 1 diabetes is dangerous, without question, but it's our hope --along with many others-- that the cure will be found. In the here and now, we deal with the condition as if it was placed into our lives for a purpose. In the future, I'll be developing a web site solely dedicated to the lives of those with Type 1. I have the domain. All I need is to get it done. I hope to provide as much information as possible about how diabetes can be managed on a daily basis. Best of luck to you!

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        musicprof 

        9 years ago from New Orleans

        My family has a history of diabetes, so I'm constantly on my guard. This is a great source of information relating to the condition and highly recommended reading for those who are interested to know more about it. Great job, stephhicks68!

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        Stephanie Hicks 

        9 years ago from Bend, Oregon

        Thank you Kulsum - this is one of my earliest hubs. Straight from the heart, as I suffer from diabetes. Best, Steph

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        Dr Kulsum Mehmood 

        9 years ago from Nagpur, India

        Nice hub stephhicks. Helpful info

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        Stephanie Hicks 

        9 years ago from Bend, Oregon

        Thank you Benson - it helps to have the real, practical experience of living with diabetes.

        Steph

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        Benson Yeung 

        9 years ago from Hong Kong

        great hub.

        practical relevant non-fiction information clearly stated.

        thanks.

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        Stephanie Hicks 

        9 years ago from Bend, Oregon

        Agvulpes, I am truly so sorry to hear about your sister's passing from the disease. It is so complex and requires regular, consistent attention. My husband and friends ask me often about how I am doing, especially when I am not acting like myself. Insulin is a powerful medication and it is easy to over-do it. I see my diabetes doctor 4 times a year, have regular professional blood tests and then, of course, test my own blood many times a day and take shots (through my pump) when I eat.

        Definitely watch and help your loved ones that may suffer from diabetes. Support is crucial.

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        Peter 

        9 years ago from Australia

        Yes people should take this very seriously and I'm only telling you this in the chance that it may save some one. I lost my much loved sister about 6 years ago, she had been suffering from diabetes and was self administring medication.

        We did not know that there was another problem with her until she collapsed at a party and we discovered she had not medicated. Her reading was 28 from memory.

        Unfortunatly her lapse in medication was due to an undetected brain tumor.

        She passed away within 6 months.

        So people follow steph's advice and if you have loved ones with diabetes, just keep your eye on them to make sure they are doing the right thing.

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        Stephanie Hicks 

        9 years ago from Bend, Oregon

        Hi agvulpes - yes, this is definitiely a topic that we shouldn't joke about. I have Type 1, which requires me to be on insulin and test 5-6 times a day. I truly hope that you are doing OK and do not have any side effects.

        As always - your friend, Steph

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        Peter 

        9 years ago from Australia

        steph this is great information and this Hub should be promoted more!

        I was diagnosed about 3 years ago and with good advice, diet adjustment and exercise I turned it around and I'm now down to a normal range without meds.

        You are a fountain of imformation.

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        Stephanie Hicks 

        9 years ago from Bend, Oregon

        Hi Katherine, yes, Type 2 diabetes can definitely be prevented most of the time. I hope that people read this and get on board. :) Stephanie

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        Katherine_Huether 

        9 years ago

        Great hub! It's a good idea to raise awareness, especially since in a lot of cases, Type II diabetes can be prevented.

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        Stephanie Hicks 

        9 years ago from Bend, Oregon

        Hi paul2037, thank you very much! Since I live with diabetes, it is an important topic for me.

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        paul2037 

        9 years ago from NJ

        Very nice hub great info!!!

      • stephhicks68 profile imageAUTHOR

        Stephanie Hicks 

        9 years ago from Bend, Oregon

        Hi izetti - diabetes is a serious illness with potentially devastating consequences. I hope that your family members are taking good care of themselves. Good for you for taking care of yourself - best! Steph

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        Laura Izett 

        9 years ago from The Great Northwest

        There couldn't be enough info on this issue. I have family memebers with type II so I keep myself healthy and active. THanks for this HUB!

        L

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        vitahow 

        10 years ago

        Diabetes is a serious illness that can have devastating effects. As you point out, refusing to aknowledge it is a serious problem that could have serious conditions.

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        Stephanie Hicks 

        10 years ago from Bend, Oregon

        Thanks Michelle! It can be tiring to have to take care of yourself with diabetes (trust me!), but the better you follow the doctor's advice, the better your life will be! (and the longer you will live)

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        Michelle Simtoco 

        10 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

        Early detection of diabetes helps the patient for sure. My mother, who has diabetes, takes oral medications and is asked to watch her diet, monitor her blood sugar, have regular check ups and definitely encouraged to exercise (as you mentioned above.) Sometimes she can be stubborn and fails to do so (esp. the exercise thing :) Great info Steph.

        --michelle

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        seamus 

        10 years ago

        This was fascinating to me. Thank you!

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        Stephanie Hicks 

        10 years ago from Bend, Oregon

        Thank you so much! Steph

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        Kat07 

        10 years ago from Tampa

        Nice Hub!

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