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    Diabeties testing?

    Does anyone know, if in general, when one is in the mil, do they check you for having diabeties? What about when one gets out, is it part of your exit medical? I can't remember ever having anything mentioned for it.
    And now with getting word that my brother, is having to get a limb amputated, because of undiagnosed diabeties that's chronic (and gave his foot gangrene) i am worried about whether i need to get checked or not..

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    I asked during a recent appointment. Doctors don’t really test everyone for diabetes; if a normal blood / urine test reveals blood sugar levels that indicate diabetes they can order / direct one or more of three different tests to confirm the results. If your doctor hasn’t brought it up, you are likely okay. IRT your brother, did he get regular check ups & routine testing? Y father was diagnosed with diabetes in his 50s, he rarely went to the doctor but looking back the mid atoms were there for years.

    I am far from a doctor, but going on 15 years when my doctors reports to me my physical results (blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar etc.) I ask if it is normal.

    All that aside, best wishes for your brother.
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    Quote Originally Posted by garhkal View Post
    Does anyone know, if in general, when one is in the mil, do they check you for having diabeties? What about when one gets out, is it part of your exit medical? I can't remember ever having anything mentioned for it.
    And now with getting word that my brother, is having to get a limb amputated, because of undiagnosed diabeties that's chronic (and gave his foot gangrene) i am worried about whether i need to get checked or not..
    To my knowledge, blood sugar is a normal part of routine blood testing, like cholesterol, and would be an indicator of diabetes prompting further investigation. If you get a routine blood test, that is.

    Lately, it seems to me that if you don't make an appointment for your own physical or go in requesting to be screened for something, they won't ever come and say, 'you are due for colonoscopy or whatever' You have to look up the info on your own and make an appt. At least once you are retired. I haven't really seen where they schedule you for a routine physical anymore. Seem like you just come in when something is wrong.

    You have to be your own advocate, but, I think having this family history is enough for you to make an appointment with your doctor and say you are concerned about diabetes and want to be tested.
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