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What is Pre-Diabetes?

Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention

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JENNIFERLUKE

3/8/2012 12:17:25 PM

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

ALBERT2012

10/6/2011 3:15:56 PM

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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.

JULEKAT

4/6/2011 2:36:49 PM

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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.

CMBELISLE

4/5/2011 12:01:38 PM

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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.

MKSELVI

4/5/2011 3:44:22 AM

Gestational diabetes could be an indicator too...

BUTTERFLYBLUE67

11/11/2010 12:00:36 PM

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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.

JJWILHOIT

7/2/2010 11:49:33 PM

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!

JENCORINNE

5/19/2010 6:13:57 PM

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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.

JENCORINNE

5/19/2010 6:13:45 PM

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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.

JENCORINNE

5/19/2010 6:13:34 PM

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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.

DSW280

5/12/2010 11:50:09 PM

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!

TBURLO32

4/7/2010 4:57:40 PM

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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

MRSGARYC

3/19/2010 6:49:24 AM

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.

SUZYMARC

3/4/2010 11:52:47 AM

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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.

ANNNMARIE93

1/24/2010 12:42:13 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.

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