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Concern about low blood sugar levels as a sign of diabetes - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   my blood sugar has been 62-70 recently. Although i have not been diagnosed with low blood sugar yet. is this a sign of diabetes?               
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   May I know your age and gender?
User :   46 f
Doctor :   May I know the reason why the sugar test was done?
User :   rushed to the hospital due to a seizure.
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Have you ever checked your sugars before these episode?
User :   no
User :   i am going to have it checked tomorrow. the doctor ask me if i had a meter, i said no. would i need one
Doctor :   Do you have symptoms such as increased frequency of urination, increased thirst, tiredness?
User :   yes
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Do you have history of diabetes in your family?
User :   no
Doctor :   Do you consume alcohol?
User :   no
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   what are the other symtoms of diabetes
Doctor :   Let me explain it to you.
Doctor :   Most often diabetes is detected incidentally.
User :   how
Doctor :   On few occasions the present with symptoms as I have mentioned earlier.
Doctor :   Apart from you can have visual symptoms such as blurring of vision, burning sensation of limbs, weakness and tiredness,
Doctor :   delay in the healing of the wounds and so on.
User :   yes all but the burning sensation
Doctor :   Rarely diabetes is detected only when complications such as kidney dysfunctions, retinopathy or vascular symptoms develop.
Doctor :   However commonly they are detected incidentally when some one gets a sugar test.
User :   is it the same thing as a glucose test
Doctor :   Yes.
User :   then i have already had one od those and it was 62
Doctor :   Though the sugar values are low, (one of the symptoms are frequent hypoglycemia) it is hard to say that it is due to diabetes, however since you have the symptoms, diabetes cannot be ruled out completely.
Doctor :   Hence you would require further testing.
User :   ok
Doctor :   A fasting blood sugar and a post prandial blood sugar would be needed.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have said?
User :   i have to go back to work now
User :   yes
Doctor :   Do you have any further queries?
User :   no
Doctor :   PLease fill the feedback form too.
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me. Bye for now. Please refer your friends to our service.
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