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Diabetes, Do I Have It Too?

Published: June 05, 2015
Dear TeenHealthFX,

 

I have recently started drinking a lot, which leads to urinating often. I also have lost almost 15 pounds in the last month, have migraines often, have nausea, and have been sleeping almost 12 hours a day. My cousin was diagnosed with diabetes, so it’s definitely in the family. Do you think I could have it too?

Signed: Diabetes, Do I Hvae it too

Dear Diabetes, Do I Hvae it too,

 

Diabetes is a chronic disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin.  Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches, or other food into energy.  The cause of diabetes is still not completely known, however, genetics (family history), environmental factors, and lifestyle play an important role.  There are three types:

·         Type 1 – insulin dependent

·         Type 2 – non-insulin dependent (the most common type)

·         Gestational – during pregnancy

 

We can obviously rule out Gestational Diabetes but that is about it. Many of the symptoms you describe could be symptomatic of diabetes but it would be bad medicine to try and diagnose your condition over the internet. Some early signs of diabetes are: frequent urination, increased thirst, extreme hunger, unexplained weight loss, fatigue, frequent infections, and slow-healing cuts. The best way to determine if you have diabetes is through a blood test.

Because of your symptoms TeenHealthFX recommends that you make an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible. Whether it is diabetes or not there is something going on that is causing significant medical problems and it needs to be identified. So make an appointment as soon as possible with your doctor. If your doctor thinks diabetes might be the culprit then he/she may send you to a physician that specializes in diabetes or to an endocrinologist (a doctor that specializes in internal hormone secretion.)

If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health in Morristown 973-971-6475 or the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health in Summit at 908-522-5757 for an appointment. Outside of this area check with your insurance company for a referral to a physician.

 

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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