I am going in for a doctor's appointment tomorrow, where it's likely I'll be told I have diabetes (or pre-diabetes, or diabetes caused by medications, or something like that.)
I had a blood test done last week that showed an A1C of 7.3% and a fasting blood glucose of 163. There is a history of type 1 diabetes in my family, and according to 23andMe I'm at elevated risk for type 2 to begin with. I'm also taking Geodon
for bipolar disorder, which drug has a warning about causing type 2 diabetes. My glucose levels five months ago were fine, such that my doctor actually volunteered
that I don't have diabetes. So I'm a wee bit bitter.
I don't have most of the symptoms of diabetes, except for extreme exhaustion
and fatigue and sleepiness and I've seriously been up for 13 out of 19 hours today and am ready for bed. My psychiatrist
is the one who ordered the blood test.
I mostly just want to know what to be asking and looking for out of this appointment. I've warned the doctor about the blood test so I'm sure she'll be prepared; I just don't know what to say for sure. My experience with diabetes is largely limited to memories of my grandmother eating crackers before we bought them, and being raised to think that Triscuits and cottage cheese is an excellent snack. Grandma was, however, a very low-key diabetic - we had Oreos in her house and stuff. I also have OCD food issues (there are about twenty foods I ever eat, and I eat two of them on a near-daily basis; I also have almost no nutritional education at all, and was surprised today to learn just how healthy tomatoes are.)
(I am planning to ask the psychiatrist to consider dropping the Geodon, but I don't know if that'll fly. The meeting tomorrow is with a regular doctor)