Thursday, July 05, 2012

When I Learned

It was around the end of March/beginning of April that I discovered I had diabetes.  I'd been going to the doctor for problems with my foot and recently had a second surgery on my foot.  Well for surgery they do blood work and my sugar levels were higher than they liked, but didn't seem in the danger zone yet.  Not long after this I was at work and I can remember looking up and suddenly the other side of the store appeared blurry and signs on that side that I had been able to read just moments before were no out of the scope of my vision.  And that week I was drinking water like a camel and going to the bathroom it seemed like very ten minutes.

I don't need a house to drop on me.  I knew what these symptoms meant.  I went to the eye doctor, even though I had just gotten a new pair of glasses at the start of the year.  He checked my eyes and recommended new lenses and also that I should go the doctor, which I had already made an appointment for when I made the eye appointment.

More blood work and I was told I was borderline.  He wrote me a prescription for medicine and gave me some pamphlets about diabetes.  A couple weeks later I was back for a follow up and I was no longer borderline.  I had diabetes.  One of the tests they do is called A1C and its supposed to be under 6.  My reading was 11.3.

In 2010, the ADA issued new guidelines regarding the A1C test. First, it can now be used as a test to diagnose diabetes. If you have a 6.5 percent level or above, you are considered to have diabetes. If you have a result between 6.0 percent and 6.5 percent, you are considered high risk.
So yeah, that was little high.


Travis Cody said...

It hits pretty fast, eh? My uncle has the adult onset kind, so I'm keeping close tabs on myself.

John Holland said...

I should have been paying more attention. Most of the extra weight I had was around my waist, which I've learned now is one of the worst areas and extra weight here helps lead to diabetes.

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