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Not diabetic, but experiencing diabetic symptoms

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  • Posted By: hawk12
  • March 11, 2011
  • 06:13 AM

Initially, I had a blood test which revealed that my fasting blood sugar was 5.8 mmol/l last October. At that point, I had symptoms indicative of diabetes and my doctor referred me to a 2 hour glucose tolerance test. Having prepared for the test correctly by consuming a high carb diet for 3 days prior, the test revealed that I was negative. Yet I was still experiencing symptoms and subsequently had a couple more blood tests, 2 urine tests and another glucose tolerance test just to make sure. All tests revealed that I was negative for diabetes and bear in mind that I prepared for them correctly to avoid false positive results.

I am still currently experiencing symptoms such as frequent urination, eye irritation, tingling feet, abdominal grumbling, passing a lot of gas and most of all, unintentional weight loss of 11kg (From 65kg to 54kg). I have been losing weight no matter how much eat. I do not have thyroid problems as I had this checked (TSH). My doctor has insisted that I am not diabetic due to all these test results/normal blood sugar, but I am not convinced.

So 2 questions:

1) Do diabetics always have higher-than-normal blood sugar levels when they take blood tests and glucose tolerance tests?

2) Am I diabetic, or do I have another metabolic/endocrine problem? I say this because my body does not seem to be absorbing or processing the food properly, hence the weight loss.

Please help.

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  • ...I am still currently experiencing symptoms such as frequent urination, eye irritation, tingling feet, abdominal grumbling, passing a lot of gas and most of all, unintentional weight loss of 11kg (From 65kg to 54kg)... ...I say this because my body does not seem to be absorbing or processing the food properly, hence the weight loss. Please help.I was recently diagnosed with Celiac Disease. For me, it causes eye irritation (irisitis), tingling hands and feet, stomach "gurgling" but no grumbling, and because my bowels were damaged I have been unable to digest food properly. IF you are not digesting properly, you will see it in your stool. Essentially, what goes in comes out looking the same. However, mild damage may cause a decrease in absorption, as you said. The tingling extremities comes from a deficiency in B vitamins, and a lot of ppl with Celiac are very gassy. The eye irritation comes from the gluten itself. Celiac is an autoimmune disease, and the gluten can cause your body to attack ANY part of itself. From scalp, to toenails. A high carb diet prior to your glucose testing would increase your symptoms, as breads and cereals (and pastas) contain gluten.Celiac Disease is difficult to diagnose in adult onset cases, as it resembles just about every disease and ailment out there. I have been having symptoms for years, but we overlooked them because none of them seemed related and tests for suspected conditions came back negative.You can either approach your doctor with the idea of Celiac, or try a gluten free diet and see if it helps at all.
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