Diabetes and Longevity

Gretchen Becker Health Guide August 10, 2012
  • The Internet is abuzz with discussion of a recent study that showed that overweight people with type 2 diabetes lived longer than those who were normal weight.   Most of the news services as well as the New York Times recently had stories about the study.   The researchers had several t...

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  • italiangm
    Aug. 12, 2012

    I was diagnosed with a very painful, insomnia-provoking case of frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis) back in 2004.

     

    After doing some research in scholarly journals, the following comment (parphrased) was frequently noted: "The prevalence of this condition is 30% higher in patients with diabetes."

     

    I was curious, so I looked at the last 20 years...

    RHMLucky777

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    I was diagnosed with a very painful, insomnia-provoking case of frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis) back in 2004.

     

    After doing some research in scholarly journals, the following comment (parphrased) was frequently noted: "The prevalence of this condition is 30% higher in patients with diabetes."

     

    I was curious, so I looked at the last 20 years of lab results from my annual physicals. Fasting glucose started out at 84mg/dl. Over the years it steadily increased until it reached 97mg/dl.

     

    Much of what I read indicated that by the time fasting glucose reached the level for a frank diabetes diagnosis, it was likely that person had been experiencing diabetic-level BG spikes for several years.

     

    So I discussed this with my doc and requested he order a 2 hr glucose tolerance test. He refused. He said I was not overweight and my fasting BGs were normal.

     

    I found a direct testing lab and their doc ordered a 2 hr OGTT. My 1 hr result was 192mg/dl and the "official" 2 hr result was 182mg/dl. This easily met the diagnostic criteria for Impaired Glucose Tolerance, and was very close to a Type 2 diagnosis.

     

    I brought the results back to my doc. He was surprised and congratulated me on my detective work.  I thanked him. Then I told him I could not be the client of an incompetent doctor and walked out.

    • Gretchen Becker
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      Aug. 12, 2012

      Good for you for persisting in finding out you had a BG problem. I can understand that when a patient wants an expensive MRI, the doctor might be hesitant. But an OGTT or even just an informal OGTT measuring postprandial BG after eating carbs is not expensive!

       

      And I think it's important to let physicians know why you're not coming back if  you decide...

      RHMLucky777

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      Good for you for persisting in finding out you had a BG problem. I can understand that when a patient wants an expensive MRI, the doctor might be hesitant. But an OGTT or even just an informal OGTT measuring postprandial BG after eating carbs is not expensive!

       

      And I think it's important to let physicians know why you're not coming back if  you decide to go to someone else. There might have been more tactful ways of informing the doctor, but I can understand why you were angry.

       

      I hope your new physician is taking better care of you.