Pre-Diabetes? I'm SO lost.

By LisaMarie13 Latest Reply 2011-11-12 05:07:50 -0600
Started 2011-11-10 02:49:10 -0600

Im 26 & was just told I have pre-diabetes & I am so confused on what that even means. I have no clue to what normal bs levels are. I don't really know when to test my bs. The only thing I know for certain is that stupid little needle is my new enemy. HELP - please … I need some guidance.

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valentine lady
valentine lady 2011-11-10 18:23:49 -0600 Report

I read jayabee's answer and there's really nothing more I can add except test first thing in the morning, before you eat and WELCOME TO DIABETIC CONNECT. you'll learn a lot here from some really wonderful people. Hope we can be friends…Hugs…Valentine Lady

jayabee52 2011-11-10 13:43:01 -0600 Report

Howdy Lisa! WELCOME to DC. You should have a friend request in your inbox. Please accept it.

You wrote "The only thing I know for certain is that stupid little needle is my new enemy".

Does this mean your Dr has you on insulin, victoza or byetta (or some other injectable medication)?

The good news is as a person with pre-diabetes, you stand an extremely good chance that you may be able to reverse it or at least hold it at bay for a LONG time.

Here is one article on prediabetes from the American Diabetes Association ("ADA")

Here is a multi part article from the Mayo Clinic (please be sure to read it all, not just page 1):

I don't know what Blood Glucose (BG) numbers you are having, but if Dr has not instructed you to take your BG levels at least 3 times a day that might be a good place to start. It would be good for you to know what your (test #1) Fasting BG is (after you first get up before eating anything) and then (test #2) taken 2 hours after eating a meal ("Postprandial"). Finally (test #3) taken just before you go to bed. You certainly may test more than that, especially if you are on a diabetes lowering medication. Especially you ought to test if you feel strange, sweating unexpectelly, feeling sleepy for no reason, fuzzy thinking, which could be signs of either low or high BG levels.

The preferred range for "fasting" BG levels is anywhere between 70 to 120. Anything below a 70 is getting into a low range, and you need then to eat some carbohydrates to bring your BG levels back up. If you are too high, (above 130) don't eat carbohydrates. You might want to eat a little protein for your stomach to work on, but avoid something with carbohydrates.

It would be beneficial to you to record those BG readings somehow. DC has a number of tracking sheets available for free here:

I would also be beneficial for you to keep track of what you eat. Here is a list of resources (links — read the whole discusson) which may help you do that too:

If you are smart and dedicated about it, you may well be able to beat this thing.

There is a lot more I could tell you, but I am guessing your head may be spinning about now.

Ask for more when you're ready.

God's richest blessings be to you and yours


rij061258 2011-11-10 18:22:38 -0600 Report

Ok, now I wonder if 'The preferred range for "fasting" BG levels is anywhere between 70 to 120.' Why with mine being a 115 my dr diagnoised me with type 2. This has been on my mind since I was diagnoised almost a year ago. Just had labs done again with a new dr, hope this will solve mu dilema.

jayabee52 2011-11-12 05:07:50 -0600 Report

A person without diabetes usually doesn't go much higher than 100 to 110. And I don't know what other tests your Dr had done to make that determination. If Dr did the A1c test (average of your BG readings over 90 days) and it was above 6 that may do it too. There are a couple other tests which may be used for Dx- ing a person also.

LisaMarie13 2011-11-10 16:09:50 -0600 Report

Thank you SO much! I really appreciate all of the information - what should your Sugar reading be at after you eat? And do you think that high blood pressure can be connected to this? Because both things came out of the blue for me. Thanks again :)

jayabee52 2011-11-10 16:19:37 -0600 Report

High BP readings can come with diabetes.

The subject of how high the post prandial reading should be is a subject of controversy. I believe that it should be no higher than 140, because repeated readings of above 140 can produce diabetes complications like diabetic neuropthy and other problems. I have read others here say 180 for a post prandial reading is OK. My response to that is we don't want to play "chicken" with diabetes and complications. The lower the postpraddial reading the better.

kaiya2465 2011-11-10 16:50:21 -0600 Report

I know high BP comes with diabetes how about 90 over 70 for a BP usually my BP is 120 over 70 is that good or bad? Sorry have no clue.

rij061258 2011-11-10 18:18:19 -0600 Report

the 90 is a bit low but the 70 is fine. you don't want the 70 to drop any lower though. Ideal bp reading is being listed as 130/80. I have seen that they don't want the top # below 100. If it stays that low you may want to have yourself checked out.

RebC 2011-11-10 13:40:28 -0600 Report

For someone with diabetes, 137 really isn't that big a deal, but for someone who's not, it can just suggest that something might be going on. An average person's fasting blood sugar is usually between 70-110. So 137, again, is not that bad, but could be better. What kind of advice are you looking for?

Old-n-Grey-n-Wiser 2011-11-10 07:01:34 -0600 Report

Your Doctor needs to refer you to both, a Certified Diabetic Educator and a diabetic nutritionist, the will tell you how to test, what numbers are good, and help you understand how to eat right with your diabetes.


LisaMarie13 2011-11-10 13:24:23 -0600 Report

I did sit down with a women who told me I need to be between 70-100 … Ive been testing about 137 - so my mom talked to a few people who have been dealing with diabetes & they said 137 no big deal - is it different for every person? Is 137 bad or good? I have so many people in my ear telling me a thousand different things.

LisaMarie13 2011-11-10 07:00:58 -0600 Report

Thank you! And yes - I'm trying to stay away from the carbs - I'm Italian - this will be a challenge!

Gracie40 2011-11-10 16:11:23 -0600 Report

Also, believe it or not, spaghetti squash cut in half and baked in oven for about 45 min to 1 hr is a great substitute for pasta. After it is cooked, turn it over, plate it and shred it with a fork. Add your sauce, and cheese, and Viola! delish.

Good Luck, and Welcome to Diabetic connect. God Bless You.

kaiya2465 2011-11-10 16:40:11 -0600 Report

Spaghettii squash? I have actually never heard of that…Will be checking the store the weekend…

Gracie40 2011-11-10 18:11:04 -0600 Report

I googled spaghetti squash and came up with several websites with recipes for Spag squash on them. Bon Apetit

Gracie40 2011-11-10 18:07:53 -0600 Report

It isn't spaghetti at all. It is a vegetable. It would be found near the acorn squashes and sweet potatoes and other vegetables of that nature. It is Oblong, yellow and can weigh a pound or two. After it is baked, if you run a fork over the inside of it, it makes strings that look like spaghetti. You can eat it as is, baked with salt and pepper and some margarine, but some of it you can shred it and put your spag. sauce on it and it is very tasty. I usually cut one in fourths and serve it as a vegetable one night, and another night I make my "spaghetti" I can have it vegetable style at lunch or grate a little parmesan cheese on it and that makes a nice lunch too.

Type1Lou 2011-11-10 08:56:08 -0600 Report

My husband loves his pasta. When I make him spaghetti, I serve his sauce (gravy?) over the pasta while I put my sauce over french style green beans…much lower carb for me. If I make him lasagna, I make his with the pasta and a smaller pan for me substituting cooked cabbage leaves or eggplant for the pasta…again, much lower carbs. I find I don't miss the pasta at all.

kaiya2465 2011-11-10 06:18:04 -0600 Report

Welcome to DC. I am also prediabetic. I test my Blood Glucose when I get up in the morning before I eat. I try & keep my BG under 117, watch the carb intake it can bite you.
Best Wishes!

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