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.
April 17, 2002
Diagnosis and Symptoms
Question from Georgetown, Indiana, USA:
I am a 50 year old Vietnam veteran, and since diabetes is one of the diseases happening to veterans exposed to Agent Orange, I have been doing a fasting glucose test daily for the past month. My meter readings have been 107-137 mg/dl [5.9-7.6 mmol/L], with seven readings over 126 mg/dl [7 mmol/L]. I told my doctor who said that it was nothing to be concerned about, but I thought that a fasting reading of over 126 mg/dl [7 mmol/L] on two readings meant that you had diabetes. Please enlighten me.
You need to have glucoses done by a laboratory to make a diagnosis, but this sounds like a problem to me that at least needed to be looked at. Try checking a few blood glucoses one to two hours after meals. Those if high could trigger a response.
[Editor’s comment: Even though a meter cannot be used for diagnostic purposes and it would be interesting to see what your postprandial blood glucose values are, I would go back to your doctor and ask to have a formal fasting blood glucose, tested on a venous blood sample. See Classification and Diagnosis of Diabetes.
Also see Dioxin and Diabetes, at the Diabetes Monitor, for links to more information about Agent Orange (dioxin) and diabetes.