MedHelp has started a new project, "question of the month", you may have seen something similar on other forums. The idea is to ask a simple and brief question that is made to stimulate discussion. We can all learn a lot from each other, and also can appreciate how each situation varies from person to person.
So, here is our Question of the Month for April...if you have ideas for a QOM for subsequent months, please PM me.
Looking forward to seeing some great discussion! Thanks!
QOM: How did you find out you had pre-diabetes? How were you officially diagnosed? I'm interested in seeing members share some stories on how they came about to know they were pre-diabeteic, if there were symptoms that led them to the doctor, or if routine blood work caught it...etc. Please share some info on the initial onset of the condition.
A few years ago, I'd begun checking fasting blood sugars and they were consistently high, however, my doctor, at the time, refused to follow up on them, because my A1c, a year earlier, was "normal", even though right at the very top.
I've been fighting weight issues every since I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism 5 yrs ago; my thyroid levels are now adequate, but nothing I do seems to get rid of the weight. My current doctor does regular blood work, because of cholesterol issues and pernicious anemia; my fasting blood glucose came back high, but not high enough to be diabetic. The diagnosis is pre-diabetes/metabolic syndrome.
Insulin resistance has been determined to be the major cause of my weight issue. Both type I and type II diabetes are rampant in my family.
I've recently undergone a comprehensive blood test, which will give actual insulin levels, etc. I'll get the results for that when I see my doctor on the 18th.
There seems to be a good bit of resistance on the part of some docs to be proactive about this, which is unfortunate. The earlier a problem is identified, the better the chance of managing it, and keeping it from progressing any further.
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