First off, I’m Type 1 myself but only for a relatively small amount of time-- I know quite a bit about the disease but nowhere near what some of you guys know. So I need your help with this one.
I’m trying to figure out if my 40 year old uncle (who is a bit ‘heavy’) has diabetes-- particularly if it’s Type 1. His doctor informed him he had very high blood sugars, and I recently tested him with my own meter and he scored over 400.
Judging by his age and his heavier disposition, you’d immediately think that he was Type 2 diabetes. But there are other factors that complicate it: First, he isn’t even close to ‘sedentary’. He’s always doing things when he’s not at work, he’s one of those hands-on types. I’m not even sure if he watches any TV.
Second, 7 months ago he was 50lbs heavier than he was today and when they tested his fasting blood sugars then, it was abnormally low (50-something). He was heavier, with low blood sugar. Since then, he’s LOST weight but GAINED blood sugars. I think he thinks his weight loss is due to perserverance but he seems impulsive and I can’t imagine him being able to legitamately lose 50lbs in 7 months.
So what do you guys think? He’s older and heavier than normal (but not sedentary), but he’s losing weight and his blood sugars are rising. Type 1?