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Glucose In Urine

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I have been having frequent urination recently, so today I decided to do a urine dipstick on myself to see if I could have a urinary tract infection. I work in the medical field so I have access to various testing supplies.

When I did the dipstick, it showed no blood or white blood cells, but I was very surprised to see that my urine glucose level was high. I've never had diabetes, and don't have any of the risk factors, so this really confused me. I decided to check my blood glucose level via fingerstick, but it was totally normal at 96.

I admit, I have been cheating alot lately (I know I'm so bad). I'm wondering if this high glucose level in the urine could be related to Celiac, and not following a gluten-free diet.

Does anyone have any information?

Thanks,

Sheila

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Hi Sheila -- I'm in the healthcare field, as well. I'm surprised that with a high urine glucose that your blood glucose was only 96. Do you have access to the blood test that tests previous extended blood glucose? Do you have excessive thirst, etc.? Did you have any ketones in your urine? Have you ever had episodes of hypoglycemia? BTW: Being in the healthcare field, you know you're not supposed to cheat. Ever. :D

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Hi Sheila -- I'm in the healthcare field, as well. I'm surprised that with a high urine glucose that your blood glucose was only 96. Do you have access to the blood test that tests previous extended blood glucose? Do you have excessive thirst, etc.? Did you have any ketones in your urine? Have you ever had episodes of hypoglycemia? BTW: Being in the healthcare field, you know you're not supposed to cheat. Ever. :D

Yes I know I'm not supposed to cheat, but you know what they say....healthcare workers are the worst patients, lol. No, seriously, I've been having a hard time accepting that I have celiac disease. My doctor told me that my blood work was "suspicious" for Celiac, and told me to see a GI doc. My Antigliadin AB IGA was 27, but all the the other blood work was negative for Celiac, thats' why my doc said "suspicious."

Anyway, I went to see the GI doc, who wanted to do both an endoscopy and colonoscopy. I got so bent out of shape about the tests, that I decided to cancel them. I figured I'd just stay gluten free and be done with it. But now the questions are popping up in my head - what if I don't really have celiac disease? Yeah some blood work was positive, but some was negative, so how do I really know? This makes it easy to cheat, I guess. I guess if I had a more definitive diagnosis, I'd be more strict with my diet. Now I'm wishing that I had gone through with the endoscopy.

I don't have any symptoms of diabetes at all. My blood sugar has always been in the normal range. And no, there were no ketones showing up on the dipstick. So, I don't understand it. I brought the urine dipsticks home with me so I can check it again. Maybe it was just one of those flukey (is that a word?) things.

Thanks!

Sheila

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Hi Sheila -- I think "flukey" is a word, too! I was lucky to have a really great GI doc. I had had elevated antigliadin antibodies, so the neuro doc felt it was celiac. The GI doc said, do you want to just rule this out completely? I said "yes", so he said let's do the bloodwork today, and the endoscope (I also had some other problems) and colonoscopy on Wednesday. We'll get all the results we need. I was glad that I had it done. It doesn't mean that I don't have to be gluten-free -- it's destroying my brain -- but I do know that it's not celiac. I knew that I didn't have the vitamin/mineral deficiencies that celiacs have -- that was not the root of the problem. I'd still continue to monitor glucose levels -- I'd go to the extent of purchasing a meter (Walgreens has disposable ones that are relatively inexpensive) and do pre- and post-prandial tests. I'd correlate that with the dipstick tests, then take all to my primary care doc. Sounds really unusual, and if it happens again, someone needs to take a look at it. Good luck to you - - BTW -- the endoscope is nothing at all -- and they didn't sedate me enough -- I watched it on the monitor!

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