Monday, April 12, 2010
last june i went to the doctors for my lovely yearly exam. they did a blood test cause it had been awhile and wanted to see where i was at with all that. the test came back with cholesteral issues. so i focused on fixing that.
over the summer my dad had this weird black out spell and had to go to the er. the doctors diagnosed him with diabetes. so he was taking meds and testing his blood daily. one day he tested mine. it was high but i just figured it was cause we returned from a wine tasting and had been nibbling and drinking wine all afternoon. then he tested it about a month later when i hadn't eaten in over 8 hrs (it was morning, i was there for breakfast). it was still high. i didn't think too much about it because it was below the diabetic range. but still kind of scary.
then yesterday i was reading the new biggest loser book: "6 weeks to a healthier you" (which brought me to tears saturday!) and it discusses diabetes. There's a chart with the different ranges. Going off the number i got on my dad's tester, 118, i'm prediabetic. That's freaky!
granted, this is a self-diagnosis. 126, i think it said, and above is the diabetic range, so it's safe to assume i'm definitely in a danger zone. this can be easily reveresed with proper eating and exercising. but why didn't the doctor bring this up? my mom is in some medical classes and practices heart rate on me all the time, so i know that's normal and the doctor did say that when i was there. she was concerned about the high cholesterol. but why not the blood sugar?
this is a freaky realization and a huge issue to deal with. it could be a case of family history. but my family is generally not on the overweight side. there isn't a history of heart disease. cancer, yes. i don't want to be the person resonsible for starting a new trend! i took a quiz in the aforementioned book and it says i'm at risk for stroke, diabetes, etc. so scary! i wish i had a doctor like dr. h to sit down and give it to me straight.
as for my dad, he is no longer taking the meds. his new doctor says he may have been misdiagnosed and just dehydrated, so they are watching it closely. my dad's not overweight or anything so the doctor is looking into other causes. it just may be my dad's poor snacking choices.