I've been doing a lot research on diabetes the past few weeks, and keep coming back here, so I decided to join!
My name is Jennifer, I'm 32 years old. I'm 5'1' 100 lbs. I never had regular "cycles" in my life, was diagnosed with PCOS (self diagnosed my OBGYN couldn't believe it because I don't exhibit any of the tell tale signs until they saw the labs I requested) when trying to get pregnant. I had gestaional diabetes with both my pregnancies, which I controlled with diet only.
Since the birth of my last child 15 months ago, I've tried to stick to my GD diet, and do test occasionally. My fasting is usually high 80's to low 90's and my 2 hr post meal is usually fine (under140) unless I eat something bad like pizza, pasta, rice,etc...then it could be in the 160's 2hrs later. I excercise regularly and in fact will be doing my first (very small) triathalon next month.
I had my OBGYN do my Ha1C last September 2009 just so I could stay on top of things. She was never concerned about me developing Type 2 diabetes. It came back 5.4 and they said that was great.
The past three weeks I just haven't felt right. I'm not sure if it's in my head or not...I can be a bit of a hypochondriac. Anyways, I've just felt run down, my eyes are heavy, and feel like I'm in a fog, and have a weird feeling in my mouth, but still not sure if it's thirst or not.
I decided to get a physical and got my labs back last week, and will be meeting to discuss with my doctor next week. All my labs came back OK, except my Ha1c was 5.7...which is just out of "normal" per the report. My fasting was 79, my thyroid was fine, iron was fine, all my cholesteral levels were perfect. I was secretly hoping my a1C would be better...I wonder what it would be right now if I ate fast food, drank soda, etc...
SOOO...if you've made it this far, I'd really value your opinion. I'm curious to see what my family doctor will have to say. How concerned should I be about a 5.7 a1c given my history? OH...and my dad and my grandma are both Type 2.
I've been reading up on LADA, or Type 1.5...and I'm wondering if I should request the c-peptide and the GAD test? I just don't feel like I fit into the Type 2 category.
I've been stressing about this the past few weeks. My husband thinks I am overreacting, and maybe I am.
Should I go see an endocrinologist? Should I just continue to try a little harder with my lifestyle and get re-tested again in 3 months? I don't want to go overboard but I don't want to blow it off either, if that makes since. Is it possible that my BG has always been off my whole life, but I've just never gotten to be a true diabetic?
If you've read this, thank you. I feel that many of you, with your backgrounds and personal experience with diabetes, would provide greater advice than even a physician or my ob/gyn!
Thanks again for any support and I will try to support you as well.
Jennifer in Texas...