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Hi. I've been researching diabetes for a project recently, but it's a topic that's close to my heart. Both my husband and I have it in our families, and I'm about 2 points from being pre-diabetic. I don't want to cross that line, but I want to know how to handle it if I do. Thanks for your time.
 

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Hi. I've been researching diabetes for a project recently, but it's a topic that's close to my heart. Both my husband and I have it in our families, and I'm about 2 points from being pre-diabetic. I don't want to cross that line, but I want to know how to handle it if I do. Thanks for your time.
Hi there. You didn't give any details about yourself so I'll give the most basic and healthiest steps for anyone, diabetic and non-diabetic.

Drink water. Make plain water your main fluid intake and drink it regularly through the day.

Exercise regularly. Keep your body and heart active and your weight within the medically recommended range for your height.
Here is a helpful weight calculator: http://www.halls.md/ideal-weight/body.htm

See your family physician regularly, at least once a year, and get blood tests.

Limit or avoid white products: flour, sugar, rice, potatoes. Replace white bread with whole wheat, white rice with brown/basmati, sweet potatoes when possible.

Limit or avoid junk food, fast food, and other sources of empty calories and saturated fat. Cook at home more often to control what goes into your meal.

Limit or avoid deep fried foods and other unhealthy cooking methods that contribute to weight gain and cholesterol elevation.

Reduce or eliminate your alcohol consumption.

All of these combat the dangers of the sedentary no-exercise empty-calorie/simple carb North American lifestyle, a great contributor to diabetes. Whether you might have it or do have it, these can all help you manage your blood sugar better.

Diabetes onset, and the problems associated with existing diabetes, are reduced or prolonged by being healthy, active and fit, and eating a wholesome diet. In short, what every person should strive for if they can. Since diabetes can hit you at any age, it's never too late to start.
 

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Thanks, Diabrarian. I do most of those things already, though it doesn't seem to help me lose weight. And I haven't had blood tests in a while, because we don't have insurance. I'm trying to keep healthy the best I can on my own!

I really appreciate your advice.
 

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Sorry but I don't quite understand. How do you know you're 2 points from being diabetic if you haven't had tests done in a while?

On your own, the best thing to do if the usual stuff isn't cutting your weight, is to see your physician and ask for referral to a dietician that might require a specialized food plan. Express your concern about diabetes and have it tailored toward diabetic guidelines if you feel it appropriate. Both will inevitably recommend regular cardio and weight exercise, so make sure you do it.

Whatever you do, you have to follow it rigourously.
 

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That was the last time I had tests, about 2 years ago.

Sorry but I don't quite understand. How do you know you're 2 points from being diabetic if you haven't had tests done in a while?

On your own, the best thing to do if the usual stuff isn't cutting your weight, is to see your physician and ask for referral to a dietician that might require a specialized food plan. Express your concern about diabetes and have it tailored toward diabetic guidelines if you feel it appropriate. Both will inevitably recommend regular cardio and weight exercise, so make sure you do it.

Whatever you do, you have to follow it rigourously.
 

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That was the last time I had tests, about 2 years ago.
Well a lot can happen to you in two years, improvement and not. If you're quite concerned now, I'd just start with seeing your physician as soon as possible. They're more knowledgeable of your history and personal needs than we are. We could give speculations based on our own experiences, but a consultation is undeniably the best way to go. Especially if you're that concerned about possible diabetes, biting the bullet and paying for a test without insurance if that's possible where you are, is also most helpful to ease your mind.
 

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I also highly recommend the latest edition of the book Diabetes for Dummies or its Canadian equivalent, Diabetes for Canadians for Dummies.

When my physician saw me a couple weeks after I was diagnosed, he recommended the book flat out, and I had already begun reading it. Other doctors in his department do the same for their newly diagnosed patients and families of diabetics.

It's by far an excellent resource with very simple examples and terminology. Even if you're not diabetic it will bone you up on your knowledge of it immensely.
 

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Welcome Strider, from a fellow Missourian! Is it possible there are any free clinics near where you live? That was my resource when I was uninsured for 12 years until I aged into Medicare this year.

Otherwise, Diabrarian has given very good advice, so I won't belabor those points. I do hope you'll visit us often & see if there are ways we can encourage you in your efforts.
 

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Hi. I've been researching diabetes for a project recently, but it's a topic that's close to my heart. Both my husband and I have it in our families, and I'm about 2 points from being pre-diabetic. I don't want to cross that line, but I want to know how to handle it if I do. Thanks for your time.
Welcome Strider! I am sure that you will find the information that you are looking for your research project on the forum. With your family history of diabetes and you are so close to being pre-diabetic, I would invest in a glucose meter and test a couple times a week to see where you are at. You can get a very inexpensive glucose meter at Walmart and a box of test strips. This would give you some peace of mind and will let you know if you need to see a doctor. Good luck with your project and take care.
 

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Hi. I've been researching diabetes for a project recently, but it's a topic that's close to my heart. Both my husband and I have it in our families, and I'm about 2 points from being pre-diabetic. I don't want to cross that line, but I want to know how to handle it if I do. Thanks for your time.

Here are few tips to remain within range:-

1) Test your fasting blood sugar daily.
2) Restrict carb intake to 20 grams per meal and try not to exceed 60 grams per 24 hours.
3) Drink not less than 2 liters of water per day.
4) Avoid sugar foods as much as you can.
5) Drink one cup of bitter guard juice mixed with gooseberry juice at least twice a week.
6) Use fenugreek , onion, goooseberry juice, cinamon in good quantity in cooking and in salads.
7) Avoid stress , better join some laughing club.

I think this should help you and keep your fasting level in between 80 to 95 mg/dl.
 

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I was reading that book in Barnes & Noble just the other day! It looked excellent, and it's really up to date. Thanks for the rec--next time I'm there I'll try to pick it up.

Strider

I also highly recommend the latest edition of the book Diabetes for Dummies or its Canadian equivalent, Diabetes for Canadians for Dummies.

When my physician saw me a couple weeks after I was diagnosed, he recommended the book flat out, and I had already begun reading it. Other doctors in his department do the same for their newly diagnosed patients and families of diabetics.

It's by far an excellent resource with very simple examples and terminology. Even if you're not diabetic it will bone you up on your knowledge of it immensely.
 

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Hi, Shanny!

I know it's good advice, and I really do plan to see my Dr. as soon as I can. It's just a matter of working it into the budget. I don't know about any free clinics--does the health department do those kinds of tests?

Welcome Strider, from a fellow Missourian! Is it possible there are any free clinics near where you live? That was my resource when I was uninsured for 12 years until I aged into Medicare this year.

Otherwise, Diabrarian has given very good advice, so I won't belabor those points. I do hope you'll visit us often & see if there are ways we can encourage you in your efforts.
 

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Thank you for the welcome! I hadn't considered testing my sugar myself--that's something to think about. Thanks!

Welcome Strider! I am sure that you will find the information that you are looking for your research project on the forum. With your family history of diabetes and you are so close to being pre-diabetic, I would invest in a glucose meter and test a couple times a week to see where you are at. You can get a very inexpensive glucose meter at Walmart and a box of test strips. This would give you some peace of mind and will let you know if you need to see a doctor. Good luck with your project and take care.
 

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Hi I am Elana Scofield... Studing Diabetes for a local hospital in California.
Welcome Elana! There is a wealth of information to be found on the forum. What kind of study are you doing? Hopefully, we can help you with your study.
 
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