Ask the Diabetes Educator Archive

6/23/03

Q:
I am a 47 year old male who has recently been diagnosed with Diabetes II. I found out I had a blood glucose level of 347 after being tested at a local health fair. What irritates me is that four years ago I told my doctor(whom I see regularly) that I had lost 20 lbs. and was urinating frequently. He told me I probably had an infection. Not longer after that I found a cheesy substance under the foreskin of my penis. He told me I had a yeast infection. Aren't these all warning signs of Diabetes?

A:
It is difficult to give you a pat answer. In these past four years, have you had your glucose rechecked? Have you had any other symptoms? Losing weight rapidly and frequent urination can be signs of diabetes. Yeast infections are not uncommon in people with diabetes. Your physician may have diagnosed you correctly at the time, or something may have been missed. I cannot say. To deal with the present, I suggest you get a second opinion from someone who can coordinate your medical history so that you feel confident in how you are being managed.



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