Post # 1
So long story short. I have gained 50+ pounds in the past few years. A combination of stuff, really, but the main reason is I am almost completely sedentary. I eat very well, I just never move. Yes, I am working on that, just slowly.
The big problem is, I need to get a physical next month. And this physical includes a urine test as screening for diabetes. I know I am at high risk because of my weight and if it comes up positive for sugar, I can kiss my part time job goodbye, at least for a while.
I’ve read the symptoms for diabetes and I don’t have any of them, but what are the chances I could have it and not know it? Anything to look for besides the increased thirst and urination everyone talks about? I am kind of panicking here…
Post # 3
Diabetics work for a living. Why do you think this would affect your job?
People with type 2 diabetes may not have symptoms for years but as the disease progresses and blood sugars rise, symptoms develop:
- blurred sight
- decreased sensation or numbness in the hands and feet
- dry, itchy skin
- frequent bladder and vaginal infections
- frequent need to urinate
- increased thirst and hunger
- male impotence (erectile dysfunction)
- slow healing of cuts or sores
Fortunately this might turn out to be a wake up call. You can get more active and lose the weight which will have a positive effect on your overall health, not just the possible diabetes. I lost 110 lbs a few years ago on Weight Watchers. I started getting more active just by going for a walk every day before work. It’s hard to make new habits, but if you stick with it, it becomes part of your routine.
Take care of yourself so you can be there for those who love you.
Post # 4
What do you consider eating “very well”?
Post # 5
@nemoandthebrain: 1300-1400 calories a day, no processed food, mostly local organic produce and seafood. Basically colorful food, nothing white and processed. No diet soda, nothing but water and unsweetened tea/coffee. I actually eat so well that Darling Husband can’t figure out why I’ve gained so much weight, that’s why we figure it’s my lack of activity.
As for my job, yes, diabetics work, but generally not as pilots. 🙂
Post # 6
@starrynight: it’s good you are getting checked out, but just because you are overweight, doesn’t automatically mean you will be positive for diabeties. As you have already said, I think it’s great that you are working to address that for yourself!
I’d also mention to your doctor your typical calorie consumption and your weight gain – my guess is they’d run additional tests to figure out why you’ve gained so much weight (even with the sendentary lifestyle).
Post # 7
impressive! that’s unusal to gain weight if you’ve had the same lifestyle. It shouldn’t conflict with your job becaue IF you were to be diagnosed it would more than likely be type 2 which can be managed with oral medication. If you do have diabetes and you haven’t had any symptoms while flying I can’t imagine you would start having them now. If it’s part time are you able to exercise maybe twice a week?
Post # 8
I would encourage you not to be paralyzed by your fear of the results of the test.
You can take charge of your body and the rest of your life. Start today by walking around the block.
Many people are overweight without being diabetic.
Post # 9
@nemoandthebrain: I do work full time, the flying thing is just a few times a week.
But maybe I wasn’t clear, the nuances in all this are confusing to people who aren’t familiar with them. 🙂 The physical is not with a regular doctor, it’s with the FAA doctor, so sugar showing up in the urinalysis is cause for immediate grounding. I don’t have a regular doctor I can go to – I’ve tried and there are very few doctors who take my insurance here and the wait is very, very long, past the time I need to get the FAA physical.
So basically I’m trying to decide if I want to skip they physical and not fly for a time while I lose weight and hopefully arrest any prediabetes – or if I’m fairly safe to chance the urinalysis.
Post # 10
@starrynight: I do understand about the FAA’s requirements now that you have told us that you are a pilot.
You can buy dipsticks at your local pharmacy and test your urine yourself or you can find a diabetic screening program where you can get your blood sugar tested free.
If you find a screening program, you will get a better idea of your status if you do a fasting blood sugar- meaning you don’t have anything to eat or drink except water for the 8 hrs prior to the test. Check online for programs in your area.
Perhaps if you do these tests on your own, (most screening programs can be done anonymously) you will give yourself time to get used to the possible results and their implications.
Post # 11
@starrynight: can you get blood work done personally (vs. the physical for work)? That way, you know what will show up for sure? My gut says: chance it!
Post # 12
Have you thought about paying to be tested on your own first? Then if the results are negative, you can go get the physical. If they are positive, then maybe you can work on the weight and put the physical off for a while.
I think a lot of pharmacies and health departments offer free or low-cost diabetes screenings. My husband and I went to one at a grocery store pharmacy last year.
EDIT: I see a few of us had the same idea at the same time! Must mean it’s a good one!
Post # 13
@julies1949: I didn’t know I could do a urine test at home. I’ll definitely look into that.
Post # 14
If you’re truly eating 1300-1400 calories a day and you’ve gained 50#, you need to see a doctor no matter what. That is not normal and is a big sign that there is something else going on.
Post # 15
It’s probably already over now but for anyone else who finds this post, here’s some advise. If you are ever worried about diabetes and cannot get into a doctor, call your local pharmacies and ask if they do glucose or a1c screanings. Most of them have a monthly time when you can come in and for a minimal fee get tested.
Post # 16
If you eat 1300-1400 calories per day and have gained 50 lbs, I would be way more concerned with you Thyroid than diabetes!