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What is Pre-Diabetes?

Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention


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  • 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
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    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
    I m oing through this 'pre-diabetes' scenario again. I did this a couple of years ago and went so far as seeing an endocronolgist, but refused a diagnosis of diabetes as it stays with you forever regarding insurance. I have until Mid-May before my recheck to get teh numbers straightened out for an A1C and am checking sugar levels multiple times a day. Lots of encouragement needed. We'll get through this together along wth everything in life I guess. - 3/19/2010 6:49:24 AM
  • This helped me understand finally the term "pre-diabetes" since both my parents have been told they are. Since there is a family history of late age diabetes on my mom's side I am ever vigilant on what goes in my mouth and ask each year for a test to be done by my doctor as preventative. Thanks SparkPeople for making information like this available to everyone to easily understand. - 3/4/2010 11:52:47 AM
    Very interesting and shocking article. I do have to say that I have at least a half dozen friends who have never smoked, were always moderately active to very active individuals who loved skiing, golfing, swimming, riding their bikes, etc., have never been over weight, drink very little alcohol, and have relatively healthy eating habits, the exceptions being trying various restaurants on vacations or indulging in non-typical foods on cruises. Only one in the six has a diabetic in the family. This is very perplexing to me and peaked my interest in reading this article to see if there truly is anyway to avoid this very life changing disease. One of the mentioned friends has already had several amputations and is headed for dialysis soon, one has died very prematurely, four are trying to cope with the restrictions and complications of their conditions. - 1/24/2010 12:42:13 AM
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  • I was just diagnosed as pre-diabetic. This is a good article. - 12/19/2009 4:25:05 PM
    The question in the quiz asked: Eating a diet high in sugar can cause type 2 diabetes, true or false? I selected true and the response was I am incorrect. I looked at the explanation and eating a diet high in sugar, fat etc...increases the risk but doesn't cause type 2 diabetes. So, I guess I wasn't totally off. Great question though. - 12/11/2009 8:47:33 PM
  • I, too have just been diagnosed with pre-D and am changing eating habits and walking every day. I have 6 weeks to prove that I am losing weight and getting my numbers down. I am hoping that when I am retested, I will be closer to normal! I certainly did not expect to be here at this stage in my life. - 10/10/2009 1:49:45 PM
  • Last week my doctor told me I was pre-diabetic and said *lose weight* and "search the internet*. Not a big help, I need a new doctor.

    This article is the most informative thing I've found so far. - 6/22/2009 5:15:08 AM
  • My boyfriend's father was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes last fall and apparently other members of his family have the disease as well. I am trying to learn all I can about it since it runs in his family...he tries to watch his sugar intake and keep physically active (he's a lightweight, so the sports are all for his health and not weight loss). The various articles by Becky Hand have been so helpful! Thank you!! - 8/30/2008 6:45:32 AM
  • Oh, I got to mention, my lab work came back in July of 08 saying that all my numbers were normal! - 8/22/2008 11:51:04 AM
  • I too, was diagnosed back in 2006 as being "pre-diabetic" by my Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner. She told me that I needed to lose weight. I told her that I had tried everything and doing Walking Away the Pounds. Even after 3 months of faithfully recording my foods and exercising the weight would not come off.

    So the CRNP recommended do the South Beach Diet as she said many of her patients had much success with losing the weight and all their "numbers" improved.

    I did. I went to the "Y" almost everyday and use the elliptical machine anywhere from 1/2 hour to an hour. And in 3 months time I lost 40 pounds.

    Anyway, I had a reaction to something and had to be put on prednisone, and then life hit the fan last year. I put some of the weight back on but not all of it.

    So I am back on the Beach again and losing. Bascially I am eating mostly "brown" stuff, whole grains, lots of fruits, and salads and some protein and walking.

    And the best part about it, is that I am not craving stuff because my body is getting the nutrients it needs, and I am losing weight at the same time with walking as much as I can during the day. I got a really good pedometer. (Can't walk fast or run, got a hammertoe.) But anyway, the pedometer shows me in black & white, steps taken, calories burned, how far I went, and mph. It's a Timex pedometer and worth every penny. It is what keeps me motivated!

    After seeing my 78 year old mom died from diabetic complications this past Easter, that in itself over the past few years has been motivation enough. She had a slew of health problems and went into kidney failure and ended up on dialysis. That was no life at all!

    So eat lots of fruits, lots of veggies, (most all fresh, stay away from the juices, they spike the blood sugar), and the weight will come off and you will feel so much better!

    If you truly want to be informed, may I suggest several books to read which will give you much understanding? South Beach Diet, YOU: On A Diet by Dr. Oz, and Eat to Live by Dr. Joel Furhman.

    Bible says: "My people perish for a lack of knowledge."
    Be informed today! And change those numbers!
    God Bless you in your endeavor to become healthy! - 8/22/2008 11:50:04 AM

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