How do doctors determine if you have type 2 diabetes?

Blood tests. You must have 2 abnormal results on the following tests (can have two of the same or 2 different ones): a fasting blood sugar over 125, a 2 hour post glucose tolerance test result of over 200 after the 2 hours, or a "random" glucose of over 200 with symptoms.

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I have type 2 diabetes pills are giving my g.i. hard time doc advises lantus but why is levemir (insulin detemir) way cheaper? Which is more effective? Less gain weight

Both are similar. Lantus and levemir (insulin detemir) are equally effective in helping to control type 2 diabetes but levemir (insulin detemir) does not last as long and you might need to take it twice a day whereas Lantus can usually be taken daily. There may be modest weight gain with any insulin but it should not be different for the 2 insulins you are asking about. Read more...

I'm just wondering, if your doc discovers type 2 diabetes late what can happen?

Same as any other. You still need education, diet, exercise, weight loss, good medical advice, prevention, control of glucose/lipids/bp, glucose monitoring, whatever medication your doctor recommends -- just like anyone else. Read more...

Can any doc tell me what's the connection between sugar and type 2 diabetes?

Diabetes. Diabetes is a metabolic disease (a disease that has to do with the way your body processes and uses food). There are simple sugars and complex sugars (carbohydrates-pasta/bread/starch) that all become sugar in your blood stream. If the body can either not break down or can not utilize sugar properly, the level of sugar in the blood rises. This can cause kidney and nerve damage, blindness, other. Read more...

I am a 57 year old female with type 2 diabetes. I have lost about 100lbs. A doctor told me that I wouldnt lose anymore. What r ur thoughts?

Depends. It depends on your current weight and your ideal weight. With diabetes, it's usually not a question of possibility (of course you can lose more) but of safety. Regardless, the closest you are to your ideal weight and the closest you are to a stable normal blood pressure and blood sugar, the better. You may even get to go off your diabetes meds (i've had patients do that). Read more...

Apart from endocrinology doctor which are the other practice doctors, I can select to check type 2 diabetes please advise?

See below. Internists are physicians who specialize in treating the common diseases of adults, and are very competent to diagnose and treat type 2 diabetes. They may consult with an endocrinologist if complications arise. Family physicians are also well trained in general medicine, and may be very comfortable treating diabetes. Either would be a fine choice. Read more...
Family or internist. Your family practice doctor or internist are well trained to manage most patients with type 2 diabetes. Read more...
PrimaryCareDoctor. Most Prmary Care Doctors like Internists or Family Physicians are trained and capable of treating Type2 Diabetes. Read more...