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Hi. I have just been diagnosed as being diabetic. I am not surprised since both my mum and dad were diabetics and my mum was insulin dependant.

I had my last blood test last week, or so I thought, but the lab did not process my blood for the final result, so today I am having the last blood test. What I want to know is, what will happen next? Will I get a diabetic check kit to test my own sugar levels? I will be put on medication because I have had a very big lifestyle change this year. Meals being cooked for me. I get plenty of exercise. My husband is paralysed. We walk everywhere, so it is not a question of more exercise. I had a sweet tooth but do not eat sweets now, so what am I to expect? Thank you.

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With the test of being diabetic, did you get told you are type 1 or 2? Did you get told to go see an Endocrinologist? You may want a home blood test kit to use on a daily basis and you can get it at a Pharmacy after the GP gives a prescription for the diabetes supplies. If the doctor gives you the kit, you will just need a prescription for refills of strips and lancets with the device that goes with the lancets you will use.

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norahbpat in reply to Activity2004

I am not sure what type whether 1 or 2 yet, the test today will be able to tell which, I was told that I would get a kit, I was told that I would probably be put on metaformin which is the usual diabetes treatment, just need to get it sorted at now because my feet are swelling quite badly, I feel really really tired, I am going to pee at least once a hour if not sometimes more, I get up about 6 times a night so just want to get it sorted, thanks for your reply

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Activity2004Administrator in reply to norahbpat

Your blood sugar might be high at night. Cause of the frequent restroom trips at night. Ask your doctor.

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Gambit62 in reply to norahbpat

please be aware that there are actually a lot more types of diabetes than just type 1 and 2 - and other forms often get misdiagnosed as either 1 or 2.

There is a strain of MODY that runs in my family. MODY is caused by a dominant gene - so if you inherit it from a parent you will develop the diabetes whatever you do ... there are several different variants - which work in different ways and respond to different drug regimes - and some that don't need treatment with drugs at all - the variant that runs in my family has onset between 30 and 45 in general and is closer to type 1 (functioning of pancreas in creating insulin) rather than type 2 (resistance to insulin).

You can find out more about the different types of diabetes here

it would be worth finding out from your mum if there is a history going back through generations - and affecting any siblings - and ditto for your father's side of the family.

My brother was initially diagnosed as type 2 but couldn't control his blood sugar at all on the meds he was given - but knowing that my mother was MODY and doing some research - threw up a different regimen which works well for him.

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Activity2004Administrator in reply to Gambit62

What about LADA?

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Gambit62 in reply to Activity2004

the link shows all the different variants - in speaking about MODY I'm just speaking about the particular sub-types that I'm aware of.

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