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Old 06-05-2014, 21:24   #1
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Hi I am undergoing test for diabetes, I had a fasting blood test Monday my hbac1 was 6.2 . And I have retaken another fasting blood today and waiting for the results back.

Does it look likely that I have pre diabeties or am diabetic for sure.
I've looked all over for information as I have only spoken to my nurse not my doctor. I look forward to any information or help x

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Hi Kelsey and to the forum.

An HbA1c value of 6.2% (or 44 mmol/mol to use the new standard) is above the figure generally accepted at normal (5.7%).

And sorry but I don't believe that there's any such beast as a "pre-diabetic". Once your body starts to mishandle carbohydrate, you need to start to manage it manually. It doesn't matter which "box" your doctor chooses to put you in. All that does is make it easy for him to select which of the "one size fits all" treatments in his selection box.

Have a look at this site - Blood Sugar 101 It gives a lot of helpful guidance on recognising the issues to consider and offers ideas on an approach that could let you manage your situation without the need to use medication.

Here on the forum you'll find a bunch of friendly, nosy folk who've all been through it and are happy to share their experiences. As you come up with questions, ask away, someone will have been there, done that and have the tee-shirt too.

Diabetes is a pest, don't underestimate it, but managed from outset with numbers just over normal, you'll be able to cage that pest no problem.

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Thank you for your advice and the link you gave me.
So would you say I am likely to be diabetic if there isn't anything as pre diabetic ?

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6.5% is a little bit high, so you are a little bit broken, but if you watch your diet and make a few lifestyle changes, you probably can stop it progressing to a point where you need medication, everyone is different though. I seem to remember mine was 14% or 16% on diagnosis

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There really is no such thing as 'pre'. I asked for an A1C during some regular blood work as my father developed 'high blood sugar' at about the same age and I was just curious. It was 6.9 and diabetes at that time was definite at 7. I came home and read Dr. Bernstein's book and Atkin's and made an app't with my PCP for two weeks later and when he reran the A1C it was already down to 5.6. His lab ran both so he was not dubious of an error. That was nearly 4 years ago and now it's 5.2.

The time to make a change is immediately and there is a good chance you'll be as fortunate as I was. No drugs, no exercise because of severe arthritis of the lower spine and no drugs…diet alone. The diet has some other good points and is not hard. There is no doubt that I could be full blown diabetic…a meal one day a couple of weeks sent me from 80 to 190 in two hours. A normal person would never do that!

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Hi I am undergoing test for diabetes, I had a fasting blood test Monday my hbac1 was 6.2 . And I have retaken another fasting blood today and waiting for the results back. Does it look likely that I have pre diabeties or am diabetic for sure. I've looked all over for information as I have only spoken to my nurse not my doctor. I look forward to any information or help x
It sounds like you should be able to eat better and possibly loose some weight if your overweight and it may resolve any issues you'll encounter.

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My FBS was 100 and my HbA1c was 5.8 four months ago. Officially, I was diagnosed as a pre-diabetic. I did not believe it nor did I want to give up sweets since I already can not have gluten (celiac disease) or eggs, nuts, and milk due to allergies. So, I found BloodSugar101 when I wanted to learn how to test myself. Bought a cheap meter to conduct my own research. What I found is that I do have an insulin resistance issue. The meter does not lie.

I went on the LCHF diet and my spikes (the ones that cause damage) went away. I have tested to see how many carbs I can eat without going over 140 and I discovered that just about any carbs will send my blood glucose soaring.

I feel good on the LCHF diet, have lost my obsession for sweets, lost weight and hopefully will raise my HDL with all the fat I am eating.

For less than $40 buck investment, you will know exactly where you stand. I strongly advise you not to wait (like my doc advised me) and just cut down the sugar and exercise more approach. My diabetes would have only gotten worst and as a "pre" I was already having vision and neuropathy issues that I attributed to celiac disease or old age.

Now is the time to be proactive!

I wish you the best!

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My A1C was 6 when diagnosed as pre-diabetic, but the fact is that if I hadn't changed my ways I would have been at the diabetic A1C within a couple of years.

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It sounds like you should be able to eat better and possibly loose some weight if your overweight and it may resolve any issues you'll encounter.
Controlling high blood glucose will help to resolve any potential issues that may be encountered REGARDLESS of one's weight.

Kelsey - Welcome to the forum. It sounds like you're in a good place with your A1C to start taking immediate control. By following the advice in Blood Sugar 101, which you were given the link to, you'll be well on your way.

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Hi, Kelsey. Because pre means 'before', many people think that prediabetes means 'before I get diabetes'. But prediabetes is actually the beginning stages of diabetes, so to me it's one and the same, although I do sometimes call myself a prediabetic.

When someone is diagnosed with diabetes they are usually prescribed meds and/or insulin, are usually told to test their bg X number of times per day, and are sent to a dietitian. This is typically not the case for prediabtics. All my doc said was, "You are prediabetic. Cut down on carbs."

If your doc tells you that you don't need to test your bg, you should definitely purchase a meter and test strips on your own because you can't control your blood sugar if you don't know what it is.

Cyclinglady talked about eating LCHF. That stands for low carb, high fat, which is the way most of us control our diabetes. You can read about it here: LCHF For Beginners. You might also want to have a look through the recipe section of the forum.

Welcome aboard.

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