Im new please help me!

Hi! I was diagnosed a few days earlier with mild diabetes and would like to know more/clarify/ask for suggestions!

I am female, 19, and paternal side of my family is closely linked to diabetes so i am more prone to it. I got bartholin’s abscess and got diagnosed with mild diabetes after going to a clinic. My blood sugar level came out to be 10.1.

That was around afternoon at roughly 11am. The day before i did not sleep much, but rather the previous day had a super early nap for hours and woke up at midnight, then went to the doctors in the morning. Is that why my blood sugar is high? Must it be diabetes or is it just because of lack of sleep? My eating habits and sleeping habits have always been irregular. Doctor said its mild diabetes but internet says otherwise. Help please?

Did they take your A1c? Did you eat before going to the doctors in the morning?

Your sleep habits are unlikely to result in a rise in blood glucose by that much. More likely the result of that level is that: you recently ate a high carb meal, you have some form of diabetes, or the test was invalid.

For someone without diabetes, I can’t think of any reason that sleeping patterns would result in a blood glucose level that high. I would cross that off the list entirely.

I hope you don’t have diabetes! If you do though, it’s not the end of the world! There are lots of effective treatments out there.

I’d recommend a follow-up appointment to ask some more in-depth questions and get some lab work done. An A1c test would help you a lot. In addition, if that was your fasting blood glucose level (meaning you didn’t eat breakfast), then I would recommend asking for additional tests to see if it’s type 1 or type 2 diabetes.


A blood sugar of 10.1 is quite high. I think you need to get a blood sugar meter and test your sugars both before a meal and 2 hours after a meal. Know that carbohydrates will raise your blood sugars greatly.
I try to keep my blood sugars under 7. I do think you need more tests as katers7 suggested, one blood sugar test is not accurate enough for diagnosis.
Type 2 is controllable with diet, exercise and medication. Type 1 or LADA is a little different.
Good luck,


180 is high. Go buy and over the counter blood glucose machine at the pharmacy (a less expensive one). Check your blood sugar twice a day, write it down, and report back to us. If your blood sugar increases from 180, then you will need to know that immediately, like within the week. If you have type 1, then you will get very, very sick eventually. If you have type II, then you might not feel sick, but you will still be sick. Your at an age right in between childhood and adulthood, so its hard for us to guess about if this is type 1 or type 2. You need an A1c test to know more.

Note: Its possible that you read high because you were eating cookies before the test and there was residual sugar on your fingertips, but thats unlikely. Wash your hands before you test.


Diabetes is never classified like this. It’s not like a “mild” case of the flu. If your doctor told you this you need to run as fast as you can to a new doctor. Please take this seriously.


Hello Garsh,

Lets start with some simple stuff. “Mild” was probably a bad choice of words. Kinda like saying you have a “mild” case of plague. There are things you can do, all of us can to minimize to the most degree humanly possible the effects of diabetes. Sometime we succeed, sometimes we dont.

New habits will take time to build. For now I’d find doctor who can run some tests and confirm some things. In theory, I guess its possible your sugar level could be caused by other things but we;re not medical doctors here (well ok, not most of us anyway).

Its unlikely that diagnosis is going to change. But get a good doctor and you can start on a plan. Glad to help any questions that come up, were good like that

You have some work ahead of you, but we ALL do right.


I agree, that one test does not make you a person with diabetes. But a number like that means you need more tests to confirm diabetes ( no such thing as mild) or not. There are so many, many things that make blood sugars off.
Find yourself a doctor that knows about diabetes. The sooner you can get a correct diagnosis, the sooner you can start whatever treatment plan will meet your needs. Don’t worry so much. Stress can make things so much worse. Hang in there & ask questions as they come up.


10.1 should be the a1c!

An A1c of 10.1 is very concerning. Assuming there wasn’t a flaw in the testing, you definitely have some form of diabetes. You can think of an A1c as a way for doctors to estimate your average blood sugar levels over the last few months. An A1c of 10.1 results in an estimated average blood sugar level of 13.5.

Make sure your doctors do lab work to determine if you have type 1 or type 2. The methods to determine this are described in other’s posts. It’s really important that you bring your blood sugar levels down right away. It’s very hard on your body to have high blood sugar levels and this can put you at a much higher risk for long term complications.

I’m not trying to scare you, but there is nothing mild about a 10.1 A1c. This needs your immediate attention. Luckily, lots of people on here had similar high numbers at diagnosis, and they’re doing fine now after bringing them down :slight_smile:

We’re here to answer any questions we can. Did the doctor put you on some meds?


Different countries use different units to measure A1C. Where are you from, or what are the units for your A1C?

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In the US and a few other countries the unit of measure for Blood Glucose is milligrams per deciliter of blood (mg/dl) in Canada and most of the world the unit of measure is millimoles per liter of blood (mmol/L). There is an easy conversion just multiply or divide by 18. A 10.1 mmol/L value converts to 182 mg/dl.

Joslin Institute posts this conversion chart that might be helpful.

mmol/L to mg/dl conversion chart.

My understanding is that most use one of the 2 you mention, but some use others.

A1C is taken from 3 months readings and is an average. So this is very high. You need to change your doctor immediately and take steps to bring your blood sugars down with medication, diet and exercise.

I don’t think anywhere near enough information or context has been provided to jump to this conclusion…

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@Sam19 you are probably right that we do not have enough information to make a conclusion but it is awfully hard not to go there.

I would like more information and so far I do like what I’ve seen, which is very little.

Nope! Just to control my diet and bring my weight down. Im doing good at controlling and will buy my monitor kit today!

I have got no idea. But i know he said that the normal people shouldnt exceed 8.9 if i didnt remember wrongly.

Hi Garsh,

If your doctor was talking about a1c of 8.9 being normal that is strange, because that would match an average blood sugar of about 230 (which is very high)….

If he was talking about blood sugar of 8.9 then he is talking about a blood sugar level of 160, which is still high.

If your doctor does not consider medications with an a1c of 10.1, I would be concerned that he has quite low standards of care and very high (above normal) targets for blood sugars. He may not be your best bet for long term care.

In any case, get your meter and start monitoring. That way you will be able to see the effects of what you eat. IF you can let us know what country you are in (so we can know the units) and some results once you start testing… then maybe we can share our experience better…

Just did that! I took it roughly 2 hrs after my lunch. Only had broccoli and chicken though. It is 6.6 mmol/L. I will test it one more when i do eat some carbs.

In order to really get a feel for how your BG’s are doing you’ll need to test when you wake up (fasting), before meals, after meals and at bedtime but 6.6mmol/l is considered a fairly normal post meal BG so you might have type 2 or you are still producing some natural insulin.

Type 2 is usually characterized by insulin resistance. In other words you have normal or even excess insulin production (at first) but your body isn’t able to use it properly. Type 1 is caused by your pancreas not producing enough insulin and is known to have autoimmune components which is why Dr.s can use certain tests to determine if you have type 1 or type 2.

Keep on testing your BG and I would ask to have antibody testing done ASAP. In the long run whether you are type 1 or type 2 you may need insulin but the tests will take away some of the guess work and will point your Dr. towards which medications you may need.

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