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 19, 2000
Diagnosis and Symptoms
Question from Hacienda Heights, California, USA:
I was diagnosed with hypoglycemia when I was 17. I am now 32. Yesterday, I went to the doctor and was told my blood sugar was a little high on my last blood test. I was given a fingerstick blood test. I had not eaten for sixhours and had no sugar at all that day. My blood sugar level was 136 mg/dl (7.6 mmol/L). Is this too high? My doctor said I did not have diabetes. Should I insist on further tests since none were ordered or should I just let it ride till my next check up? (I frequently get very weak, tired, headache, shaky, and pale if I don't eat on time.)
One of the most accepted criteria for the diagnosis of diabetes suggests that a fasting (no caloric intake for at least 8 hours) blood sugar of greater than 126 is abnormal and may likely represent diabetes. I would encourage you to pursue your abnormally high blood sugar with your physician. He may recommend further testing such as a glucose tolerance test or further blood testing.
[Editor’s comment: See guidelines at Classification and Diagnosis of Diabetes for more information.