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Diabetes?

My father was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.  My uncle has type 2 diabetes as well.  Recently I have just been looking into the common symptoms and have become rather concerned.  I would like some clarity on whether these are actual symptoms of diabetes or not.

1.  Most of the time during the days it seems like I'm always very hungry.

2.  If I'm not weight lifting and eating A LOT of food I tend to lose weight.

3.  Occasionally I feel very weak.

4.  I'm always slightly shakey, and cant seem to keep my hand steady if i hold it out in front of me.

5.  Occasionally I have a tingling feeling on differnt parts of my body.

A professional opinion would be greatly appreciated!
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Hello,

I am sorry to hear you haven't been feeling well. Unfortunately we cannot offer a professional opinion on your symptoms as we are not doctors but volunteers dealing with Type I diabetes.

Below are the most common signs of diabetes:

increased thirst
increased hunger
fatigue
increased urination, especially at night
weight loss
blurred vision
sores that do not heal

Although some of your symptoms may seem like occuring due to diabetes, the reason why you feel this way may also be contributed to many different factors, so it is vital that you check with your doctor who can perform a series of tests and give you a definite answer. Good luck to you and take care.
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I also forgot to mention that im 5'10 about 165 lbs and pretty athletic.  And feel like im run-down a lot of the day.  Just fatigued.  

hopefully that helps!
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How about getting a test to be sure?
158939 tn?1274918797
You can buy a glucose meter over the counter without a prescription (so your insurance won't freak thinking you have diabetes).  I found a pocket, disposable one at Walgreen's (so I'm sure other major retailers carry them too) that costs about $30 for a tester and strips - you just have to purchase a separate lancet.

Best way to find out is to check your blood as soon as you wake up then before and after meals throughout the day.  Keep track of your readings according to the time (day planners work great for this).  If you feel like you are "crashing" or shaky check your blood then too (results can change rapidly).

Here are some wonderful resources:
http://www.diabetes.org/type-2-diabetes.jsp
http://www.endocrineweb.com/diabetes/control.html

You can also have your doctor run a hgA1C to see how well your glucose levels are controlled.
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