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Discussion in 'Greetings and Introductions' started by collectingrocks, Aug 18, 2019.

  1. collectingrocks

    collectingrocks · Well-Known Member

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    I am a lapsed member of the forum and have rejoined today. My last HbA1C was 5.6 a few years ago. I know this is "old money" so not sure what this translates to in "new money"

    I've kinda fallen off the wagon in the last few years and being of a certain age with plenty of belly fat, the fear of possible Type 2 has kicked back in again.

    Is the fasting glucose test still done these days? And is it reliable?

    I've had the odd carb-rich meal and within minutes have fallen asleep due to sudden fatigue. I know I haven't been sleeping well at times but wonder if this is reactive hypoglycaemia and if this is a precursor to Type 2 diabetes?
     
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  2. Antje77

    Antje77 LADA · Moderator
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    Welcome back, @collectingrocks !
    We can't diagnose here, but as it happened shortly after eating it sounds more like fatigue from you bg going up than like a hypo. No way to tell for sure without testing though.

    Why not visit your GP to ask for a test?

    Good luck!
     
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    collectingrocks · Well-Known Member

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    I did consider high BG initially. I visited a relative where we had chip shop fish and chips. I did have lashings of vinegar. I also had a very small glass of Prosecco (literally two small mouthfuls) and normally, I would not have any reaction. I was lacking in sleep however due to a recent bereavement

    I do intend visiting my GP when I'm able. I used to have friends working in bloods where I could just walk in and have an FGT done but they have all left :(
     
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    Goonergal Type 2 · Moderator
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    Welcome back @collectingrocks an HbA1c of 5.6 % translates to 37.7

    Definitely sounds like a trip to the doctor would be useful. Do you have a blood glucose meter you can use in the meantime?
     
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    EllieM Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    An hba1c would be more useful than a fasting blood test, in my opinion... And a doctor could do a spot blood sugar test at the surgery....
    Best to bite the bullet and just go to see your doctor.
     
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    Diakat Type 1 · Moderator
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    Hi @collectingrocks the doctor is the person who can help.
    Did you have a formal diagnosis of diabetes before?
     
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    Daibell LADA · Master

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    Hi. The GTT (Glucose Tolerance Test) isn't done much these days as the HBa1C does a good job. A fasting glucose check isn't that much use due to the overnight liver dump so rely either on an HBA1C or a few meter tests 2 hours after a typical meal. The local pharmacy may be able to do finger prick tests or see the GP of course. An HBa1C of 5.6% is fine
     
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    Daphne917 Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    @collectingrocks presumably you haven’t been having annual diabetic reviews. It will be good idea to see the doctor for a check up.
     
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    collectingrocks · Well-Known Member

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    Thanks guys

    Since my last tests and returning to normal range from prediabetic, I just got on with life content that I didn't have diabetes

    Now I'm a few years older and need to take charge again

    Yes, definately a trip to the GP when I can get an appointment!
     
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