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Could the tests results be wrong?

PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2005 8:56 pm
by Mysticmeg
Hi,

I've had a test for diabetes about a year ago and a year before that which said everything is normal but I have symptons.

I carry all my weight aroung my middle, I'm a size 20 around the waist but 16 aroung the legs and up top.

It is also a running joke with my friends and family about the ammount of times that I go to the loo!

What do they test for? Could they have got the test results wrong?

Any advice would be great.

Mysticmeg xxx

PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2005 9:58 pm
by Smat
depends what tests they did - was it "fast for 14 hours then have glucose drink, then blood taken every hour for several hours" or was it just a "take blood and we'll test it" test? The second one will show up diabetes, but only the first (expensive!) one will show up insulin resistance (which can be a precursor to diabetes) which is what lots of women with PCOS have - as you said, weight gain around the middle etc.
My consultant said he would test for diabetes in order to rule it out, then assume that because I had PCOS (and have weight problems) that I was therefore insulin resistant, and didn't need to test.
Were they just testing for diabetes, or insulin resistance as well?
Trouble with PCOS is, is that we all have different combinations of symptoms, which does make it difficult for the (non-specialist) GP to diagnose - what does make me cross is hearing about gynaecologista and endocrinologists who ought to know better being useless!
xx Nic xx