Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
October 18, 2001
Diagnosis and Symptoms
Question from Orlando, Florida, USA:
I am 42 years old, 20 pounds overweight, have been having some hormone problems, and I have a family history of diabetes. Several tests for diabetes in the past have been normal, but I am now having some more exaggerated symptoms, and I have trouble telling the difference between symptoms of hormonal changes and diabetes. Have any studies been done on women my age and older? Are there crossover symptoms? I am very dissatisfied with doctors and tests that read "normal". What's normal for me? What if I feel symptoms more acutely (kind of like an early warning system)? What are the best tests to take when you don' t know what you have?
The diagnosis for type�2 diabetes is straightforward. It is a laboratory diagnosis with two fasting values greater than 126 mg/dl [7 mmol/L] on separate occasions. However, it has been shown that the higher the fasting glucose, the more likely it is to develop diabetes. If your fasting is less than 115 mg/dl [6.4 mmol/L], that is better than 120 mg/dl [6.7 mmol/L].
With regard to perimenopausal symptoms, the FSH level can be measured, and when it is greater than 20, there is an increased likelihood of progression toward menopause. This occurs in a continuum, not overnight. I would recommend speaking with your physician about your symptoms and have a discussion about your test results. The problem with symptoms is that they are not specific for any one thing.