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What is Pre-Diabetes?

Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention

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  • The exercise is the key for me. If I eat properly, but get only a little exercise on a particular day, my fasting blood glucose level is in the pre-diabetic range the next morning. If I get in a good hour or more of cardio (hiking or cycling) it is in the normal range the next morning. It's pretty simple for me - exercise or be diabetic.
  • JEAN5288
    Blackdog, not true. Take control and you CAN beat it!

    Two years ago I was pre-diabetic, then about a year ago I went over to diabetic. On Tuesday I had my bi-annual blood work and my A1c went from 6.6 to 5.6 since November. I lost weight (almost 50 lbs), watched my diet, and got off my butt and started exercising. It's not easy, wasn't always enjoyable but I did it. If I can, anyone can because I'm one of the least athletic type on the planet! :)
  • I find that the SP diabetes recommendations to be too high in carbs and too low in the allowable fat.
  • Not true BLACKDOG. With faith and god blessing me and given me me a good husband to help me. I BEAT it. It didn't BEAT me I BEAT IT. And so can you. Good luck.I was needles and then went to pills and from there NOTHING.
  • Not true BLACKDOG. With faith and god blessing me and given me me a good husband to help me. I BEAT it. It didn't BEAT me I BEAT IT. And so can you. Good luck.I was needles and then went to pills and from there NOTHING.
  • I am SO disappointed to see SP doesn't even mention carbs in relation to predisposing factors or management. Surely educators of RDs know and teach that carbs are just complex sugars.
    ah well
  • BLACKDOG128
    i just got the news this past monday i have pre diebetes iam scared to death i might as count the years i have left before dieing :(
  • hi my name is maryellen and i just find out that i'm a prediabete and in 2010 of march 30th i drop from 355 to 274 pounds which i am very pound of my self . and now my ac1 is high so my drs is watch it and i have to watch what i eat.. but i am lucky cuz i have lose total of 81 pound since 2010. but prediabetes
  • AMBAGANJ
    My A1C was high at one time, it was up to 6.7 I watched what I ate and lost weight and the last time it was checked it was 5.2, but what I don't understand is that my glucose is still over a 100 most of the time unless I eat cheerios for breakfast and they bring it down below 65 then I have to eat something because I get the shakes and feel week.
  • A little bit about Hemoglobin A1C: This is a helpful screening test for pre-diabetes as well as the tool of choice for monitoring glucose control in diagnosed diabetics. It's not standard of care everywhere to use it as a diagnostic lab for Pre-DM, but is being adopted increasingly as such and is recommended by the ADA. The reason it catches pre-diabetes earlier than a fasting glucose is because typically the blood sugar will be abnormally elevated after a meal (either higher than should be or high for too long) before the fasting sugar is affected in the course of insulin resistance. The glucose tolerance test will also catch these, but it is a one-time shot versus an average of 3-4 months.

    For diagnosis:
    5.6% and below: normal glucose metabolism
    5.7-6.4% Pre-Diabetes. 15-30% of people with Pre-DM will develop diabetes within 5 years without lifestyle change.
    6.5% and above: Diabetes
  • I am pre diabetic, I was diagnosed about 5 years ago but just 3 monts ago my ACI wa high and scared me to death! I was working out 3 times a week already so I started working out 5 times a week and eating healty, I cut almost all carbs from my diet except those from fruits and vegetables, well... I don't eat potatoes, bananas, peas or corn. I was 193 lbs and now 3 months later weight 172, I'm still working hard to lose another 20. I have to go back to my doctor next week, hopefully my numbers dropped and I don't have to take any medicine. All my other number were already good, no high cholesterol or high blood pressure. My mother died of complication with diabetes and my brother who is younger that me is diabetic, I am determined to beat this beast!
  • As harmful as sugar is, it always goes along with flour, white rice, pasta, white grains - harmful for diabetics. They do me as bad as the sugar does. If your pre-diabetc, take control now before you become diabetic - it is no fun.
  • I think there is a lot of information available on how to manage pre-diabetes but it requires hours and hours of research and weeding through inaccurate information. There are several really good books on Amazon.com about pre-diabetes but my favorite is at http://www.nutritionxpert.com/pre-diabetes
    -ebook
  • One of my spark trivia questions today was "Which of these does not help prevent diabetes" and I forget what all of the answers were but one was "Cut excess sugar from your diet" or something to that effect. I chose "All of the above help prevent diabetes" and it said that was wrong, that there was no proof that eating excess sugar causes Type 2 diabetes! And then had a link to this article. I'm disappointed Spark is spreading misinformation, especially on something this important.
  • All I can say to pre diabetics is TAKE IT SERIOUSLY - I didn't understand what it meant and am now a diabetic. Research it and change your habits. Don't become a diabetic.

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