I am the daughter of a diabetic (type two). I am active (like, run half marathons active) AND overweight (like, by 30-50 lbs).
I am new to my town and don't have a primary care doc yet. I've been dragging my feet on it, but I think it's time. I'm wondering about some symptoms I've been having. I know I'm at higher risk for Diabetes Mellitus because of my dad and my obesity, so I'll probably get tested anyway, but I don't think my symptoms match. Insight would be helpful. Would love to hear y'all say this doesn't fit the diabetes picture.
I had an episode of what appeared to be low blood sugar a few weeks back. It was lunch time on a temperate day, and I got very very shaky and woozy and confused and felt like I was about to pass out. My kids made me lunch and I felt better after a few sandwiches. I hadn't been particularly active, had just done normal mom stuff, so I was surprised.
Can someone with type two (I'm too old for type one) get LOW blood sugar, even when not on insulin? My dad has never experienced it, so my guess is "no," but that's my primary symptom.
It's not unusual for me to get cranky around meal time and have an urgency to eat, sort of an eat-or-faint feeling, but this extreme shaky/woozy was new. (I even reminded my kids of emergency procedures because I felt so off I wasn't sure I'd remain conscious.)
But that only happened once. And that's not a diabetes type 2 thing, right?
I wake up most mornings with numb hands. That's new this year, and becoming more persistent, no matter how I sleep. Not sure what that's about, probably a back thing. From my understanding, it's not the same kind of numbness a diabetic would get, right?
I get headaches and unexplained fatigue, but I have children. So I guess that's an explanation.
And I don't have polyuria. I am no stranger to it, my son has diabetes insipidus (the salt diabetes, not the sugar diabetes) so frequent urination and excessive thirst is something I'm VERY aware of, and I don't have it.
So, biggest question is, can a diabetic (type 2) get low blood sugar when the diabetic isn't taking insulin?
And, what first gave you cause to think a trip to the doc was necessary? (My dad got diagnosed off of blood work taken for another reason, and I guess that's how a lot of folks get diagnosed, but if your story is different, would love to hear it.)