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.
November 18, 2005
Diagnosis and Symptoms
Question from Exmouth, Western Australia:
I haven't been to a doctor in approximately five years and I don't want to go if I am just being a hypochondriac. For the last eight months, I have had insatiable thirst where I am thirsty all the time. I just don't drink as much because I would drink constantly; I would drink about six liters (1.3 gallons) easily, if not more, in one day, I have also gained an insatiable craving for cool drinks where I drink two liters (about half a gallon) a day, yet gain no weight despite so much sugar. I urinate to what I believe is just related to my insatiable thirst. For the past month, I am always hungry even half an hour after I have eaten. I have, on occasion, experienced blurry vision, but I just put that down to studying too much. I am 174 cm (5 feet, 7 inches) tall, 20 years old and approximately 65 kilograms (143 pounds). Over the last few months, my training has become more intense. I haven't lost any weight, but I also haven't gained any, even though I have gained muscle. I have no family history of type 1 diabetes. The only history of diabetes is my grandad who has type 2 and was diagnosed at 70 years of age. I used my grandad's blood sugar monitor about a month ago and got a reading of 6.9 mmol/L [124 mg/dl] three hours after eating a roast meal. I do have an aunty with thyroid problems, though. I was just wondering if my symptoms seem to indicate type 1 diabetes as I have researched diabetes on the net for a school project and I seem to have a lot of the symptoms. Also, is it possible that someone with these symptoms could display them for so long, approximately eight months, without going into a coma or collapsing from a high blood sugar, if they indeed have diabetes? If so, should I see a doctor?
Yes, I would recommend you see a physician to screen you for any problem related to diabetes, in addition to other conditions that cause marked thirst and urination. Your symptoms seem to be out of the ordinary.