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What is Pre-Diabetes?

Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention

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  • I would like to comment on the term "pre-diabetes and borderline diabetes". As a health care practitioner there in fact is no validity to either of these terms. You are either diabetic or not! If being diagnosed as pre-diabetes indicates having a blood glucose level that is a high normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetic, then that would confirm that almost everyone other than a true diabetic is a pre-diabetic!
    It's like saying your pre-pregnant!
    Anyone who is obese, is over 45 yrs of age, has abdominal girth obesity, who lead a sedentary lifestyle, eat an unhealthy diet are high risk to develop diabetes and lifestyle changes can prevent this.
    Education is the priority here, people need to know what the risks are but they don't require a non-valid diagnosis to scare them into action! - 5/31/2012 1:56:32 AM
  • LBROWN8795
    I was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer in January. I've just finished my last chemo and ready to get healthy again. There is some research to suggest glucose feeds cancer cells. I don't want to take any chances. Plus, just being healthy and eating write greatly reduces the chances of the cancer returning. - 5/30/2012 2:24:51 PM
  • My primary care Physician informed me approximately two months ago that I was pre diabetic. Until today I really did not know exactly what he meant. This article has made me realize that my diagnosis is more serious than I thought. Because of this article I now know that I have to work even harder to achieve my weight loss goal. - 5/24/2012 6:33:13 PM
  • JENNIFERLUKE
    This article is like too many others out there is vague and misleading leaving the reader to believe that it is simply sugar and only sugar that affects glucose or blood sugar. The truth is more complex and it even varies greatly from person to person. All carbohydrates, sugar included, have the same basic chemical makeup and when they are broken down by the body they all are made into glucose. But do NOT go thinking that you can give up carbohydrates. I wonít even cut back drastically.
    Carbohydrates are made into glucose and while you want that lower you must also know that each and every cell in your body needs glucose to live. Glucose is your bodies fuel; if you donít have enough you will die. The trick is to figure out how different carbohydrates affect you individually; along with helping your body to use the glucose it makes more effectually so that it is used by your cells and doesnít build up in your blood or drop too low.
    Because I could go on for pages about this I urge anyone reading who has been or has had a loved that has been diagnosed with pre-diabetes or diabetes of either type to do more reading. A website http://www.bloodsugar101.com/ is a good starting point. I also recommend 3 books, What You Need to Know to Keep Diabetes Away Pre-diabetes, The First Year Type 2 Diabetes, both by Gretchen Becker and 50 Diabetes Myths That can Ruin Your Life and the 50 Diabetes Truths that can save it by Riva Greenberg
    - 3/8/2012 12:17:25 PM
  • Good information. I was concerned about my risk of diabetes due to family history but based on this information and recent blood work, I feel more reassured as long as I am continuing a healthy lifestyle. - 10/6/2011 3:15:56 PM
  • I too am pre diabetic but my latest A1C was lower. Watching all the people on the Bigest Loser who had Diabetes type 2 when they started and after losing the weight the diabetes is gone. So if they can do it so can I. - 4/6/2011 2:36:49 PM
  • I think the A1c wasn't mentioned because it isn't accurate. My A1c is terrific, but I can't pass the OGTT to save my life. I almost threw up the last time I had one because my glucose level got so high I got a migraine from it. My FPG can be less than 100 sometimes too, depending on how much sleep I've had and how well I've eaten in the prior few days. One test is obviously not enough and the OGTT is the most accurate. - 4/5/2011 12:01:38 PM
  • MKSELVI
    Gestational diabetes could be an indicator too... - 4/5/2011 3:44:22 AM
  • I have to agree, I was recently diagnosed with pre-diabetes based on the A1c test and will be going for the next level of testing. - 11/11/2010 12:00:36 PM
  • JJWILHOIT
    I agree with everyone. This article was really good, but the A1c test is needed. I wouldn't have known about it without doing my own research, which goes to show you, you have to be your own health advocate and educate, educate, educate! Spark People is the best place to give and receive education! - 7/2/2010 11:49:33 PM
  • Good article but why wasn't A1c listed in testing? My Dr does the A1c and the 1st test listed, as well as glucose testing in office in between.
    Last year I was just over the line to be pre-diabetic, my Dr just retested and now I'm just under. YEAH! Still working on getting it lower so I'm not so close to being pre-diabetic. - 5/19/2010 6:13:57 PM
  • Good article but why wasn't A1c listed in testing? My Dr does the A1c and the 1st test listed, as well as glucose testing in office in between.
    Last year I was just over the line to be pre-diabetic, my Dr just retested and now I'm just under. YEAH! Still working on getting it lower so I'm not so close to being pre-diabetic. - 5/19/2010 6:13:45 PM
  • Good article but why wasn't A1c listed in testing? My Dr does the A1c and the 1st test listed, as well as glucose testing in office in between.
    Last year I was just over the line to be pre-diabetic, my Dr just retested and now I'm just under. YEAH! Still working on getting it lower so I'm not so close to being pre-diabetic. - 5/19/2010 6:13:34 PM
  • DSW280
    My last fasting glucose level test confirmed that I have pre-diabetes. I'm at the upper levels too, almost at diabetic level. Plus my father has diabetes, so it runs in the family. One symptom I have noticed is that if I do eat a lot of sugar at one time, say in a piece of birthday cake, I feel lightheaded. I'm glad though that instead of accepting my fate of diabetes, there is something I can do! - 5/12/2010 11:50:09 PM
  • my sugar is spilling in urine test and they just did a blood test. my last fasting blood work came out at 112 i'm hoping this time its not any higher i liked this articale it was interesting thank you - 4/7/2010 4:57:40 PM

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