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475860 tn?1210033135

Do I have Diabetes?

I have been chronically tired to the point of barely being able to stay awake in some classes, and I pee about 8 times a day ad I'm always thirsty, plus lately my abdominal area is hurting a little.  Could it be diabetes?  I'm overweight and have been exercising for about a month now trying to lose the lbs.
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291531 tn?1193614293
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Dear Friends,

I have very much enjoyed my time on Medhelp and have learned from you even while hosting our Ask-A-Doctor forum for Diabetes. Sadly I am leaving the Medhelp community as my own practice has become busier and time constraints have proved quite challenging. So from April 7th 2008 I will be officially away from Medhelp, but you can still find me at our practice website www.endocrinehelp.com, so please drop me a  line if you wish. Most likely a new physician will be hosting the Diabetes forum for Medhelp in the future, so please continue to check in with the Medhelp community.
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Anita Ramsetty,MD
231441 tn?1333896366
Hi Art,

what you describe could be diabetes.  You are doing the right thing with exercise, but this is not enough.  You will also need to take a look at your diet.  For people with diabetes, or at risk of diabetes, it is important not to eat too many sweets and carbs.  Better to go for vegetables and less processed foods.

Given your symptoms you need to see a doctor and have your blood sugar tested and any other potential problems ruled out.  If your blood sugar is high you may need medications.  

If you do have diabetes it is very important to detect it early and to treat it.  Diet and exercise are great, and if that is not enough, meds will help.  This will prevent complications.

There is lots of good info on the net about appropriate diet and exercise.

Please go see your doctor.  Let us know how you go.

Best wishes

Sally
488724 tn?1253554835
i found that one the first signs i was diabetic was that i was able to drop 30 pounds in 4 months with exercise.. when before i couldnt even if i tried my hardest.. then when i couldnt lose anymore i went to the doc and he told me i was diabetic and had hypothyroidism.   oh and for the water.. i remember i would drink atleast 4 bottles of water or more durning the day at work and be in the bathroom every hour or hour and half if i was lucky and when i would be on the way home i would still feel so dehydrated that i wanted to dream and felt like fainting.   You go to the bathroom alot cause its your bodies way of getting rid of the sugar in your system.   Other then the bathroom and not being able to loose more weight i was normal...      
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If you are able I'd go see a doctor and have them run a glucose tolerance test.They can do a 2 hour version or a longer test.This is what my NP did in 2003 for me. It showed my glucose was not returning to normal after 2 hours so  diabetes was diagnosed.It is important to start treatment early. You want to protect your heart and kidneys and other vital organs.   I imagine the doctor would also run a few more blood tests to rule out other stuff.
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What you describe could be many things.  Time for a physical check up and see whats going on.  Make sure they run a cbc (complete blood count).
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well, you posted a long time ago, and I hope you went to a doc...
my two cents is, yeah, could be diabetes, the symptoms you stated sure sound like it, but given your age, it could also be a number of other things, not least of all being Mono.  
Mononucleosis... the 'kissing disease'...   and you can get it without kissing anyone...  though 'swapping spit' with someone who has it will infect you... regardless...

I, personally, do have Type II diabetes, but when I was your age I did have your symptoms and literally ended up in bed for a month barely able to lift my eyelids and it was Mono.  (and Mono and diabetes are NOT related... my having had both are just... me)

It's a simple blood test at the doc's office to find out.  

Well, it HAS been a long time since you posted so hopefully you did go to a doc and all is well... let us know!
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