Is there really any such thing as being Pre-Diabetic or Borderline Diabetic?

By Jeannie67 Latest Reply 2017-10-21 15:24:09 -0500
Started 2011-12-29 12:24:36 -0600

I was told 2 years ago that I was Pre-Diabetic. A lot of my friends and acquaintances say there is no such thing. Your either Diabetic or not. So anybody got any feedback for this one?

11 replies

wlee26 2017-10-21 15:24:09 -0500 Report

I am 67. Ever since I was a kid in elementary school, each year when I had my physical exam for school, the doctor always told me I was borderline diabetic because I always ran sugar in the urine. I remember the doctor said if sugar is present in the blood, then you're diabetic. To this date, I am not diabetic, but I still run sugar in the urine.

berrykins0 2012-01-03 13:25:31 -0600 Report

i think once your diabetic you are for the rest of your life. people don't always need pills or insulin but there still consired diabetic.sometimes diet exersise keep your numbers under conrtol.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2011-12-31 14:54:25 -0600 Report

Yes there is such a thing as being prediabetic. In this case your lab work is telling the dr that if you continue the way you are then you can become diabetic. So, by getting exercise/activity in and watching what you eat and if need be, loosing weight then you can prevent getting diabetes and having to take pills and possibly even insulin shots.

So, your friends need to become educated on the differences. But you are doing the right thing and getting started on the new you and avoiding this:)

Jeannie67 2011-12-31 01:34:39 -0600 Report

Thanks for the feedback. I'm trying to take a more aggressive approach in dealing with Diabetes. This new year I will be seeking out a physician that not only has more experience with Diabetes but that wants to work with me as a team player. I'm cleaning my fridge and cabinets once again. Also, my co-workers and myself are going to check out the local YMCA.

GabbyPA 2011-12-30 08:56:18 -0600 Report

There is a category of it where your body is still working, but not at 100% for your levels. In my book, your friends are correct. You are diabetic. It doesn't go away. You cannot return to eating the way you used to eat and get normal readings. So in that way, it is really just early stages of diabetes.

Now, it is good to catch it so early, as that gives you the opportunity to help your body along early in the game instead of having to play catch up like many of us had to do. You have the opportunity to prevent complications and get your health in line. Take advantage of it and just see yourself as a diabetic.

jayabee52 2011-12-29 17:03:42 -0600 Report

Howdy Jeannie! WELCOME to DiabeticConnect. Sorry you qualify for inclusion in our "little" family but since you do, I am glad you are here with us.

When I first came to DC more than 3 years ago I was of the opinion that there was no such thing as having pre or borderline diabetes. My views have changed over the years. I don't want to lull people into complacency with saying "you have pre diabetes" because then folks don't take it as seriously as they ought. Those who are at the "prediabetes" state have an opportunity to defeat diabetes if they modify their meal plan and do other things which minimize their chance that they will develop the full blown thing. I have seen people who have been dx'd as "pre" who have made the necessary changes and have defeated it.

So my views had changed from "You have diabetes, there is no pre or borderline about it" to "If you make the necessary changes to your eating plan and exercise regimen you can defeat this for good"

Blessings to you and yours


jazzy720 2011-12-29 13:06:34 -0600 Report

It was explained to me by my doctor that you have borderline high sugar levels that can turn into diabetes. If you take the warning seriously and adjust your diet and exercise you have a chance of not getting diabetes.

I've often wondered though in looking back over my life if it wasn't there for years, the warning signs were certainly there.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2011-12-29 15:13:47 -0600 Report

Yes, my mom was diagnosed as pre-diabetic. We immediately adjusted her diet. She went back 6 months for a check up and her blood sugar was lower. At the end of the year she was back to normal and never developed diabetes. All it took was changing her diet and taking her off of real sugar in her coffee and tea.

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