Well, I’m not even sure where to begin as I don’t even know if I have diabetes. I had been having all the symptoms of diabetes - headaches, frequent urination, dry mouth/excessive water consumption, etc. I went to my doctor and she sent me to get bloodwork done. After several days of not hearing anything from my doctor, I decided to call the lab directly. While I was there getting my results, I watched the lab fax my report to my doctor. Long story short, I have a blood glucose level of 252 and my doctor has yet to contact me (the report was faxed to her over 2 weeks ago). I guess she doesn’t think a glucose level that high is a big deal. Since learning my results, I have taken it upon myself to change my diet - I am now consuming less than 50 grams of carbs per meal. After researching many of the foods that I used to consume, I can safely say that this is about 4 times less than what I had been eating. All my symptoms have disappeared. I do, and have always (for about the past 10 years), worked out 4-5 times per week, both cardio and weights, so exercise is not an issue.
So my question is this, since I have a jackass for a doctor, does a glucose level of 252 mean that I definitely have type 2 diabetes? What other tests need to be done? I also would like to know how everyone feels about the recommendations that diabetics watch both carbs AND fats. Generally, most of the fats that I see have very low carb levels and I understand that many include saturated fats, but I feel like as long as you have a good exercise routine, the fats will be taken care of, unlike the carbs. In addition, the “low-fat” and “no-fat” foods have higher carb levels. It just seems like all these nutritionists and diabetes educators want to make it so that we can’t eat anything at all. I don’t have heart disease in my family, but I have 4 diabetic grandparents, 3 diabetic aunts, and a diabetic father. Right now, fats are the least of my problems. And I think my body agrees - since I cut out a lot of my carbs, I feel really good and I am never hungry. Lack of hunger is a first for me in my 38 years of life!
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!