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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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Are the symptoms of my daughter connected with diabetes?

My daughter is drinking a lot of fluids, says she gets dizzy a lot, and jittery sometimes too. I checked her blood sugar because it sounded familiar. I m a diabetic. Type 2. Her blood sugar was 199. She had just ate three chicken fingers. But that s it. Could she be diabetic?
Wed, 9 Oct 2019
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General & Family Physician 's  Response

With such an elevated blood sugar it is possible that your daughter is diabetic. Type 2 diabetes has a strong genetic component and this is a factor that might increase her risk of diabetes.

However, I assume that you measured your daughter's blood sugar while fasting, because if you measured it right after she ate then this blood sugar level tells nothing about diabetes.

When we eat food our blood sugar typically increases way beyond normal levels, but it than goes back shortly after due to insulin secretion and action.

The fact that your daughter drinks a lot and is eating rather a lot, together with elevated blood sugar, might indicate the presence of diabetes.

To be completely sure you need to measure fast blood glucose levels and 2-hour postprandial glucose levels. Please talk to your doctor as soon as you can.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Take care

Dr Ervin Toçi, General & Family Physician
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