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Hi friends, i realised that i have this health anxiety and i guess i'm afraid of diabetes and cancer. I guess this happened when i gain weight and went for a health check up and knowing that my blood pressure got high temporarily (Because i got anxious when im checking BP due to wanting to know the result). Ever since that, i think i got health anxiety and started to google up and my anxiety got more. Its not the worst but sometimes i ask myself why am i feeling this way and it really sucks. Last time, i was so ignorant and what happened to my i just take it likely. But now, when i have itchyness on my hands or fingers, i got scared and paranoid thinking if its related to diabetes. I got rashes on my finger now and it got me paranoid a lot and make me think, " Is this a diabetes symptoms?!" and i will start googling symptoms. Everyday i drink like 2 Litres of water and hardly sugar drinks. But if i were to drink sugar drinks, it got me afraid of getting diabetes even though i drank 2 Litres of water. And now, i'm scared of drinking water and every time i drink sugar drink, i will make sure i will have to drink a lot of water. Yes i do exercise like playing football and running. I know im not alone but im just sharing my experience
 
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It’s easily sorted just request a glucose test with the nurse at your GP surgery . It will only take a few days to get a full HBA1c result and that will tell you if you are diabetic or pre diabetic. You may have to pay to have it done if your GP doesn’t think it necessary then hopefully it will put your mind at rest
 
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There are so many blood sugar tests, and recently I've explored them all, and fundamentally none are quite so definitive. Your A1C which can be part of a normal simple blood test will tell you with reasonable certainty whether you are or are even close to being diabetic. If you were type 1 diabetic most likely you would know by now and it would have been a problem long before now.

So assuming that's not the case, type 2 diabeties does not develop over night, or over months, but over years. I recently because type 2 diabetic a few years ago after my sugars were high for 5+ years and I really didn't do enough about it.

A few things that may? help --- diabetes is not a terminal illness. Many people live with it and although it can require some small lifestyle changes (take a pill, use insulin in the worst case), there are not things that will ultimately impact your quality of life. Further, diabetes is a reversible disease. I have very recently become 'undiabetic' after cutting out all sugars and most 'bad' carbs from my diet and losing a lot of weight.

For those of us with health anxieties going to the doctor can just mean more anxiety, but it maybe something you eventually need to try to work through so you can get any actual medical help you need. In the meantime your welcome to ask me any simple questions.

I'm pretty sure a rash is not a diabetic symptom, at least I haven't heard of that one. Going to the bathroom and drinking a lot is, but that is also a symptom of diabetes. The problem with blood sugar problems is a lot of them have similar symptoms to anxiety and panic attacks, so it is difficult to tell them apart. A blood sugar monitor that you can buy pretty cheaply with some test strips can rule out low blood sugar. But even if you had low blood sugar and fainted from it (very rare) your body would recover from this as your adrenal glands kick in... also the adrenal glands kick in when your anxious, so ironically being anxious will fairly well ensure your blood sugar couldn't ever get dangerously low... unless you really aren't eating for a long long period of time.

I hope that's a good start to help you.
 
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There are so many blood sugar tests, and recently I've explored them all, and fundamentally none are quite so definitive. Your A1C which can be part of a normal simple blood test will tell you with reasonable certainty whether you are or are even close to being diabetic. If you were type 1 diabetic most likely you would know by now and it would have been a problem long before now.

So assuming that's not the case, type 2 diabeties does not develop over night, or over months, but over years. I recently because type 2 diabetic a few years ago after my sugars were high for 5+ years and I really didn't do enough about it.

A few things that may? help --- diabetes is not a terminal illness. Many people live with it and although it can require some small lifestyle changes (take a pill, use insulin in the worst case), there are not things that will ultimately impact your quality of life. Further, diabetes is a reversible disease. I have very recently become 'undiabetic' after cutting out all sugars and most 'bad' carbs from my diet and losing a lot of weight.

For those of us with health anxieties going to the doctor can just mean more anxiety, but it maybe something you eventually need to try to work through so you can get any actual medical help you need. In the meantime your welcome to ask me any simple questions.

I'm pretty sure a rash is not a diabetic symptom, at least I haven't heard of that one. Going to the bathroom and drinking a lot is, but that is also a symptom of diabetes. The problem with blood sugar problems is a lot of them have similar symptoms to anxiety and panic attacks, so it is difficult to tell them apart. A blood sugar monitor that you can buy pretty cheaply with some test strips can rule out low blood sugar. But even if you had low blood sugar and fainted from it (very rare) your body would recover from this as your adrenal glands kick in... also the adrenal glands kick in when your anxious, so ironically being anxious will fairly well ensure your blood sugar couldn't ever get dangerously low... unless you really aren't eating for a long long period of time.

I hope that's a good start to help you.
Thanks for the help. I went to the bathroom to take a bath lol and drinking a lot? No. I don't feel thirsty. Unless i don't drinking for couple of hours of course i will feel thirsty. I drink 2l of water everyday. Like literally water. No sugar drinks. I'm 23 by the way. I play football and do some exercises too.
 
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At your age you are extremely unlikely to get diabetes or cancer, even extremely unhealthy people don't usually see it catch up with them until their 40s. I hope living a decent lifestyle makes you feel a little better about it.

When you start searching your symptoms on Google or WebMD you're just going to work yourself up, I'd try to stop doing that if I were you. There are a few very common symptoms (headache, nausea, and fatigue for example) that turn up all sorts of nasty diseases when you enter them in the symptom checker. You can buy meters to measure your blood pressure and sugar levels yourself, but you might start fixating on minor fluctuations in the readings and get yourself even more stressed, so I wouldn't do that unless your doctor tells you to.

I know you're afraid of going to the doctor but if you decide to, make sure you tell them that you have anxiety about health appointments!! Your blood pressure and pulse rate can shoot up dramatically when you're very anxious, and they should know that it's an anxiety problem rather than a fitness problem. You should really go every so often if you can, if you tell them you have health anxiety they'll work with you and maybe put your mind at ease a bit.
 
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At your age you are extremely unlikely to get diabetes or cancer, even extremely unhealthy people don't usually see it catch up with them until their 40s. I hope living a decent lifestyle makes you feel a little better about it.

When you start searching your symptoms on Google or WebMD you're just going to work yourself up, I'd try to stop doing that if I were you. There are a few very common symptoms (headache, nausea, and fatigue for example) that turn up all sorts of nasty diseases when you enter them in the symptom checker. You can buy meters to measure your blood pressure and sugar levels yourself, but you might start fixating on minor fluctuations in the readings and get yourself even more stressed, so I wouldn't do that unless your doctor tells you to.

I know you're afraid of going to the doctor but if you decide to, make sure you tell them that you have anxiety about health appointments!! Your blood pressure and pulse rate can shoot up dramatically when you're very anxious, and they should know that it's an anxiety problem rather than a fitness problem. You should really go every so often if you can, if you tell them you have health anxiety they'll work with you and maybe put your mind at ease a bit.
I know and i agree. Searching my symptoms will make it worse. Everything i do or if i start to see changes on my skin i will ask myself. Like recently, I just have like a rash on my finger and i will peel the skin on my finger tips. There will be bleeding and somehow i relate it to diabetes and i know i shouldn't but when i searched it, it just give a lot of symptoms. which made me so scared.
 
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sorry just wanted to correct this typo that was bad:

"Going to the bathroom and drinking a lot is, but that is also a symptom of diabetes "
I meant to say:

going to the bathroom and drinking is lot is (a symptom of diabeties) but it also a symptom of anxiety.
 
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Hi friends, i went to the doctor. Told him what happened and my urine was cloudy. He took a urine sample and told me everything is fine. Nothing to be worried of. No sugar, no protein, nothing. He told me im just overreacting and advice me to drink lots of water.
 
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