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Old 05-14-2016, 12:25 PM   #1
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Blood test : Calcium low, Vitamin D Low, Sodium low

A lot of other things are far different from last test ( february ). Like now normal HDL and normal A1c, which I haven't had in decades. I have cut much sugar and total calories and also most meat from diet . Fasting glucose is now way up ??, now in type 2 diabetic range.

Could I have a defective blood test, or are bad things happening ?
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What does your doctor say?
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A family member uses some of these home test kits and found the readings to be pretty accurate. (e.g. A1C test.) If she get an unexpected/unusual reading, she will retest. Matter of fact, the last time her doctor tested her A1C in the office, it was within a tenth of a point of her home test kit.
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Old 05-14-2016, 12:56 PM   #4
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I'm not sure what gender you are - but women when they reach perimenopause and menopause tend to have drops in D1 and Calcium... Often you need to supplement. I had it, my sister had it, my stepmom had it.... Very common.
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What does your doctor say?
Feb. test was ordered by my pcp, usually only see him once a year, I inquired by phone about a1c at the time , was told " It's ok. I didn't know the number, I got the lab report yesterday and feb test 6.2. Fasting glucose 101

The April test was ordered by a neurologist , lab results A1c 5.3, Fasting glucose 114.

Haven't been back to either. Going to change to a different neurologist due to very screwed up office staff, Doc himself is good. The screw ups and lack of integrity by his office staff (lies to cover mistakes ) to a level I have never encountered in a medical office. Never had to change a doctor before.

PS "Patient" is male, although I am often told " You drive like an old woman" by my colleagues .
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I would schedule an appointment with my primary care doc to go over ALL test results and have my condition(s) explained fully. Asking random folks on the web can be dangerous.
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I would schedule an appointment with my primary care doc to go over ALL test results and have my condition(s) explained fully. Asking random folks on the web can be dangerous.
+1, and he'll probably retest
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My second to last blood test was screwed up. My testosterone level basically said I was female, along with a few other readings. I was normal up until then...

We did a retest, after thinking about it a bit, and everything was normal. The lab paid for the retest since they did the blood draw and lab test. Cost me an extra hole in my arm though.
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blood test workers are paid per test, years ago I recall reading about one that worked 2 jobs doing lab tests. Turned out she was just skipping the long tests, making stuff up. Goodness knows how many folks she hurt (took meds when not needed, didn't take meds when should).

I don't really trust 1 test , but feel better if there is a trend over the years.
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Fasting glucose of 114 is pre-diabetic, not diabetic. Get a testing kit and keep track. There might be a few particular foods that spike your blood sugar. Also cinnamon is a good natural way to lower your blood sugar.
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It doesn't make a lot of sense (to me, anyway) that your A1C is normal, yet your fasting glucose is high. I would definitely ask for a retest on those two things, anyway. Consuming lots of refined carbs (pasta, crackers, bread, etc) can cause blood glucose to spike for a while after you eat them, however. If you do eat quite a few refined carbs, you might want to try cutting back on those, and replace them with more veggies, and see if that helps.
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What time of day was your fasting blood draw? Some folks suffer from dawn phenomena, which can lead to early morning highs, but perfectly normal A1Cs.
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No kidding. I'm type 2, and my A1c has always been between 5.7 and 6.2, while my un-medicated fasting numbers were over 200. When I went on Metformin my fasting numbers dropped to the 150s - 170s. All this is while eating a reasonably strict diet, low-ish carbs and lots of veggies. None of my doctors had a really good explanation for this situation. My own reading gives me the theory that my mild anemia screws up the A1c, although my doc doesn't buy it. I finally went to a small dose of insulin before bedtime, and now my fasting numbers are in or below the 120s.

My point is, everybody is different, and the numbers are just guidelines, not rules. The best thing to do is test consistently and keep track, so you get a better understanding of how your bodyworks. Having said that, we're all going to die someday anyway, so don't get obsessed. Unless you enjoy that sort of thing.
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+ 1 on cinnamon for lowering sugar. I was always around 105, with a 1/2 teaspoon on my oatmeal it dropped to 85-90. Of course it could be the oat meal.
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Oat meal actually raises most people's blood sugar. It's a healthy carb, but it's still a carb.
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Haven't been back to either. Going to change to a different neurologist due
to very screwed up office staff, Doc himself is good. The screw ups and lack of
integrity by his office staff (lies to cover mistakes ) to a level I have never
encountered in a medical office. Never had to change a doctor before.
This sounds pretty serious to me. If true, the good doctor may have a pretty bad situation in house and not realize it. I recommend talking to him one-on-one to explain why you are unhappy with his practice.
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Going to fast tonight , get blood test lab order and set appt. with my pcp tomorrow morn.

Not going to chat with the neurologist unless the office staff keeps stalling on the request I made for my medical records last week. The neurology office asked if I want an appointment (paying for the dr. time of course ) to discuss the issues of his staff. I declined.

Big Sister has been worked in hospitals for decades , says paperwork and communication screw ups are nearly as often as not. I guess I have been blessed with unusually good luck dealing with dr. offices until now.
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