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What are symptoms of diebetes? I get thirsty alot, go to bathroom at nite 3 or more times, headaches, when I eat...I get soooo sleepy? My father had it...Thanks for any suggestions!!!

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      Denise Richardson wrote May 22, 2009
    • Hope this helps but you need to make an appointment with your doctor ASAP if you feel you have it as well. best of luck to you.


      High blood levels of glucose can cause several problems, including frequent urination, excessive thirst, hunger, fatigue, weight loss, and blurry vision. However, because type 2 diabetes develops slowly, some people with high blood sugar experience no symptoms at all.

      Symptoms of type 1 diabetes:

      Increased thirst
      Increased urination
      Weight loss in spite of increased appetite
      Patients with type 1 diabetes usually develop symptoms over a short period of time, and the condition is often diagnosed in an emergency setting.

      Symptoms of type 2 diabetes:

      Increased thirst
      Increased urination
      Increased appetite
      Blurred vision
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      Signs and tests

      A urine analysis may be used to look for glucose and ketones from the breakdown of fat. However, a urine test alone does not diagnose diabetes. The following blood glucose tests are used to diagnose diabetes:

      Fasting blood glucose level—diabetes is diagnosed if higher than 126 mg/dL on two occasions. Levels between 100 and 126 mg/dl are referred to as impaired fasting glucose or pre-diabetes. These levels are considered to be risk factors for type 2 diabetes and its complications.
      Random (non-fasting blood glucose level—diabetes is suspected if higher than 200 mg/dL and accompanied by the classic symptoms of increased thirst, urination, and fatigue. (This test must be confirmed with a fasting blood glucose test.)
      Oral glucose tolerance test—diabetes is diagnosed if glucose level is higher than 200 mg/dL after 2 hours (This test is used more for type 2 diabetes.)
      You should also ask your doctor how often to you need your hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) level checked. The HbA1c is a measure of average blood glucose during the previous 2 to 3 months. It is a very helpful way to determine how well treatment is working.

      Ketone testing is another test that is used in type 1 diabetes. Ketones are produced by the breakdown of fat and muscle, and they are harmful at high levels. The ketone test is done using a urine sample. High levels of blood ketones may result in a serious condition called ketoacidosis. Ketone testing is usually done at the following times:

      When the blood sugar is higher than 240 mg/dL
      During acute illness (for example, pneumonia, heart attack, or stroke)
      When nausea or vomiting occur
      During pregnancy

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      Stephanie Lawrence wrote May 22, 2009
    • I am a diabetic(type2) and the information that Neicy posted is very  accurate and helpful. Please go to your doctor ASAP.I knew all of the symptoms(because it runs in my family),but I didn’t want to accept it. When I finally went to the doctor, my sugar levels was 300. I was a dead woman walking and didn’t even know it. So please, go and get checked out. I’m now on medication and it is regulating my sugar levels.

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      Jenni0811 wrote May 22, 2009
    • I am pre-Diabetic. My fasting blood sugar levels are never normal, but not high enough for medication or insulin. My father was a Type II Diabetic and that probably accounts for my predisposition.

      I am currently “watching” my diet and exercise. (Pretty much just “watching’ the exercise...haha) I test my blood sugar at home. I feel this is the simplest way to stay on top of the game.  

      Seeing your doctor for a blood panel will give you a diagnosis. Then you can go from there. As everyone said so far...don’t be afraid to go to the doctor; not doing so could be detrimental to your health.

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      Carolnphil wrote May 22, 2009
    • You could also be dehydrated.

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      Anne E wrote May 23, 2009
    • I think you should see a doctor.  You do seem to have several of the symptoms.  Pharmaceutical manufacturers are coming out with new diabetes medicines every year.  This disease can be controlled.  Wishing you the best.

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