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question about testing blood sugar

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  • Posted By: outdamnedspot
  • August 12, 2009
  • 08:06 AM

hi,

for, i donno, say the past 2 years, i've been having problems with lightheadedness, forgetfulness, brain fog, concentration problems, mood swings, depression, etc.

i've had some general blood tests done over this period and each time my blood glucose tested normal whenever i was made to fast the night before.

however, i saw an alternative doctor a couple months ago, who my mom took me to when she was feeling really desperate about my condition, and he checked my blood glucose by pricking my finger. he said the level was close to that of a diabetic, but my MD then dismissed the information, saying that the fact i hadn't washed my hands could've easily affected the reading.

each time i did the glucose fast, i was told i only had to fast for 8 hours, but i was reading some reports from people on here where they said it's actually 12 hours?

i am going to see a new GP for my symptoms because my current doctor thinks im a hypochondriac, and i will mention about wanting my blood sugar checked, because my symptoms are at their worst when a) i dont eat, B) when i drink coffee, and c) when i tried using inositol (a kind of sugar) for OCD, and also d) whenever i was placed on an MAO-inhibitior antidepressant, which i know screw around with blood sugar levels. ive also noticed my mood changing according to whether ive eaten or not, like i can get giddy from not eating, but then suddenly feel depressed after eating. i wake up craving sugar. up until 21 i lived on chocolate, white bread, etc. etc. now i eat a lot healthier at meal time but cannot stop craving sugar ..

so if the next GP i see does offer the glucose fast, should i make sure i dont eat for 12 hours beforehand instead of 8, and is this the most accurate diagnostic test or can the fast sometimes produce an okay reading even in the face of something like diabetes? i mean if the fast says im okay, is there another line of inquiry i should pursue?

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  • hi,for, i donno, say the past 2 years, i've been having problems with lightheadedness, forgetfulness, brain fog, concentration problems, mood swings, depression, etc.i've had some general blood tests done over this period and each time my blood glucose tested normal whenever i was made to fast the night before.however, i saw an alternative doctor a couple months ago, who my mom took me to when she was feeling really desperate about my condition, and he checked my blood glucose by pricking my finger. he said the level was close to that of a diabetic, but my MD then dismissed the information, saying that the fact i hadn't washed my hands could've easily affected the reading. each time i did the glucose fast, i was told i only had to fast for 8 hours, but i was reading some reports from people on here where they said it's actually 12 hours? i am going to see a new GP for my symptoms because my current doctor thinks im a hypochondriac, and i will mention about wanting my blood sugar checked, because my symptoms are at their worst when a) i dont eat, B) when i drink coffee, and c) when i tried using inositol (a kind of sugar) for OCD, and also d) whenever i was placed on an MAO-inhibitior antidepressant, which i know screw around with blood sugar levels. ive also noticed my mood changing according to whether ive eaten or not, like i can get giddy from not eating, but then suddenly feel depressed after eating. i wake up craving sugar. up until 21 i lived on chocolate, white bread, etc. etc. now i eat a lot healthier at meal time but cannot stop craving sugar ..so if the next GP i see does offer the glucose fast, should i make sure i dont eat for 12 hours beforehand instead of 8, and is this the most accurate diagnostic test or can the fast sometimes produce an okay reading even in the face of something like diabetes? i mean if the fast says im okay, is there another line of inquiry i should pursue?Hi you could do with having a glucose tolerance test, ask your GP. It sounds like you may be experiencing low blood sugar, does anyone in your family suffer from diabetes? Ian
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    • August 12, 2009
    • 10:50 AM
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