New Onset Diabetes? I wish I had asked these questions


new onset diabetes

New onset diabetes?  I mean, like overnight???

When my ex-husband told me that he was just diagnosed with diabetes at 54 years old my heart skipped a beat and my ears perked up!

So I asked him what the doctor said.

He told me the nurse practitioner said that she tested his glucose and that it was sky high.

He just hasn’t been feeling well lately.

So his NP started him on metformin, which is the most common first-line drug most physicians use with their patients who are first diagnosed with diabetes.

Then I asked him the most critical question of all…

“When’s your pet scan?”

He just looked at me funny and said “I don’t have a pet scan. I’m a diabetic.

Hmmm. “Not so fast”, I thought to myself.

I recently read an article about a lady who also became a diabetic “overnight”.

In fact, this woman wasn’t even put on metformin but jumped right to one of the newest and greatest and latest drugs to get her A1c down.  Again, I thought, “Hmmm. Not so fast”.

The problem is you don’t want your doctor or provider just chasing your sugars when you’re first diagnosed, do you?

Why are you a new onset diabetic overnight?

You have to figure out if something else is going on that causes the sugars to go up like that because you may not be a diabetic at all.

For example, take gestational diabetes.
This baby or sometimes called a ‘tumor’ (just kidding) is growing inside this woman and the body goes crazy about it is causing gestational diabetes.

Likewise, a full body pet scan and a couple of tests that most doctors do will rule out or rule in cancer and a host of other problems that could result in high sugars.


The pet scan

The full-body pet scan will take pictures of all your important organs like the pancreas, the lungs, the liver, the ovaries, and the prostate. Let’s rule out cancer first.

Then multiple lab tests to rule out infections or metabolism changes, and a conversation to rule out changes in habits, recent changes in medications, vitamins, supplements, bathing, or diet.

Besides these 7 rules, high sugar can mean so many other things.  And we have the tests to help us. Let’s use them!

Until you and your doctor rule these out, most physicians and providers (NP or PA-C) are hesitant to label you a diabetic.

My FREE eBook, FASTRACK TO YOUR A1C GOALS: 7 RULES I FOLLOW FIRST has a bunch of other stuff to ask your doctor or provider (NP or PA-C) about.

And…the end of the story?  Did my EX have new-onset diabetes?

My ex-husband had liver cancer.  It was NOT diabetes.

Misdiagnosis is rampant in our medical system today.  Be aware.


About the Author

Do you feel frustrated with your medical care? Do doctors spend 5 minutes with you, push you out of the office, with you wondering what's going to happen? Does your insurance deny paying? You're not alone. I'm frustrated, too. This is a growing trend in healthcare. Having seen pre-insurance medicine (yes, my dad was an old country doctor), I grew up watching him spend time with his patients, giving them the best care he had to offer. I saw families trust him to help them through hospitalizations and the next crisis. As a patient advocate, my job is to see that you get the right diagnosis, the right treatment plans, and the right supplies and education to make good decisions about your health. More importantly, I will teach you the tricks of the healthcare trade. We need more healthcare consumer protection, especially for chronic illnesses like diabetes. This is what I am passionate about. I make it happen every day with thousands of patients who now know what I know about beating the healthcare system and getting the best patient care...Patient Best.

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