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.
August 6, 2002
Diagnosis and Symptoms
Question from San Jose, California, USA:
I am 40 years old, I am not overweight, I have a family history of diabetes, and I have been having symptoms of diabetes for several months (fatigue, weakness, dizziness, occasional blurred vision, occasional frequent urination). I already have a low fat diet and exercise regularly (weight training, running, swimming). It seems the absolute worst right before my menstrual cycle. I become extremely sleepy and week. Lately, I have not been able to follow my usual exercise routine due to weakness. I have a loss of appetite, some nausea, occasional buzzing feeling in my hands and arms. My fasting blood sugar was 87 mg/dl [4.8 mmol/L], and it so happened that the day I tested, I was feeling better than previously. I also have irritable bowel syndrome and suffer from hemorrhoids. I heard a lecture on stress related illnesses this week, and I seem to be suffering from stress. Yet, I do not meet the criteria since I have a happy (but sometimes stressful) home, a good husband, a job I enjoy (management position, some stress), I attend mass regularly and I have hobbies, etc. Yet, I feel these symptoms. Can the test I took be inaccurate? I am reluctant to go to my doctor because the test was negative, and she will think I am nuts. What is going on? What shall I do? What does a blood sugar of 87 mg/dl [4.8 mmol/L] mean?
The likelihood you have diabetes is very low. Normal blood sugars are less than 115 mg/dl [6.4 mmol/L]. Diabetes is diagnosed when the fasting blood sugar exceeds 126 mg/dl [7 mmol/L] on two occasions. I would see if you can see a psychologist to find out if you really are having symptoms of a stress-related problem.