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Can One be diabetic with normal serum Glucose readings?

Hello,  Thank you for taking my question.

75% of our family are diabetic. Maternal and Paternal sides. Adult onset.  I am not a diabetic but recently I have displayed tingling and numbness and weakness all over.  

This is what I was told to watch for in other family members who are diabetic.  They do not have this neuropothy but I do.   Can one still be a diabetic with readings in the 85-110 non fasting ranges?

Thank you.
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I am taking Amaryl 1mg, to keep BS level down. At last test, BD(F) was 99 and HbA1c was 6.5. My 'Serum Insulin (F)' has been between 5 & 6 in the last 2 years.

I walk 45 mts almost daily. I also have have heart condition for which I am taking medicines. I also developed glaucome about 2 years ago, I am not sure if it was due to diabetes. I am also thinking of taking in addition a herbal 'Diabetes Support Formula' by 'Good'N Natural' , which they helps in the long run.

Any suggestion.
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Hi there.  It is me again with an update.

I had 2 more Smac tests done that measures an array of disease.

Glucose 4 weeks ago was 91.  2 weeks ago was 100. These were NON fasting tests. (Range at this lab is 70-115)

Brought all blood results to a neurologist that ordered the A1c tests, B12, Thyroid, Electropheseis, etc, etc.

All normal except the A1c is 6.1.  He said if the nerve conductions studies showed neuropathy he would order a 5 hour glucose.  Well, the NCS were all normal.

I have never been out of range with regular glucose serum tests except now, the A1c.  

Do various meds alter glucose readings like the A1c?  I think I had better go back to my Internist and let him know what the latest blood test was.   I have had the A1C tests in the past and it has been in the low five range.  

Seemingly the more tests of any kind a person has...the more something comes up )-:

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I was just tested for diabetes which I am and have been every six months for my whole adult life.  THIS time I "failed the test" as the nurse put it.  My A1C was 6.2 and I see that less than 6 is "non-diabetic".  My blood sugar started out 136 at the beginning of the three hour test and ended up 127 after the test.  I made the mistake of having a later evening Mexican dinner complete with the fried ice cream desert (shared with my husband) which I don't normally do....lactose intolerant.  NOW, what do I do?  What is the best testing equipment? and where do I get the least expensive of the equipment?  Is this a "bad" case of diabetes or a minor case that just needs a diet change?
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Thank you to everyone.

When my daughter was diagnosed with Diabetes it was I that diagnosed her.

She displayed the symptoms of constant thirst, going to the bathroom quite often and was always hungry.  

Her OB/GYN DID NOT HAVE A CLUE! Her Internist never ran a glucose test.  He upped her Thyroid Pills.

I went to the drug store and bought a kit and it was positive.

Her glucose reading was over 300.  When my sister was diagnosed it was 500. Other members in our family are stable and doing well.

Maternal Grandmother lived to be 85 with this disease and Paternal Granfather lived to 83.  Both were insulin dependent and lived rather well.  

I pray that my daughter, sister, cousin, aunt and uncle all live to that age.  My Mother and Dad did not have diabetes.

I worry about my other child and grandchildren.

I am being followed now by a Spinal Doc and am waiting for MRI results for possibly a herniated ruptured disk.  More recent blood work is normal except for the Sed Rate which is somewhat elevated.  

I am not suppose to be on the computer (-:,  the doctor said, as Neck is in a brace but wanted to Thank You all again.
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Your question concerned me because the symptoms that you say you are experiencing and that you were told to watch out for in diabetic family members because they are symptoms of neuropathy are NOT symptoms of diabetic onset. When a person first develops diabetes, the symptoms usually are excessive thirst, inordinate hunger, wieght loss in spite of eating more than usual, frequent urination because of the large amounts of water being consumed, and fatigue. Tingling, numbness and weakness all over may be some symptoms of nerve damage from long-term diabetic damage, but not of early onset of the disease. Please see your physician immediately to take a look at these symptoms. While I agree that you are wise to take a look at diabetes because of the family history, your symptoms don't seem to point to diabetes (especially with your very normal fglucose range), but to something else. These symptoms could be symptoms of other serious health conditions and need to be evaluated.
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I am not able to diagnosis the symptoms that you've posted on this forum as I am not a medial professional, but I am able to discuss this issue with you as a mom of a diabetic child for the last 13 years.  
I would recommend that you seek the advice of a physician that specializes in diabetes so that the symptoms that you are experiencing can be evaluated.  One very important tool in managing diabetes is the hemoglobin A1C blood test.  This test is run every 3-4 months and it measures the average blood sugar over this time period.  Good luck to you.
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Hello Minnie,
With so much diabetes in your family, you are wise to be on the lookout.

Many folks look to the fasting BG (blood glucose) reading as the indicator for diabetes.  In recent years, however, there's an interest in doing what's called a 2-hour post-prandial (after eating) blood test, since those are often affected sooner than one's fasting test.

If any of your diabetic family members live close enuf, perhaps you can test 2 hours after a meal with them.

A more traditional test would be a full Glucose Tolerance test (done by a doc or at a lab) where they'll stress your system.

A fasting BG of above 126 is usually considered a diabetic reading.  Between 110-125 is a caution range often called "pre-diabetes."  At this level, you are wise to begin discussing diet, exercise and other strategies to delay/avoid the onset.

Do talk with your doctor about a referral to an endocrinologist.  They are "up" on these issues much more than most general practitioners.
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