This article is about denying a diagnosis of pre-diabetes. https://www.ontrackdiabetes.com/pre-diabetes/...
Personally, I think this should be for the medical community, not the patient. Here is why. This quote from the article…
"Prediabetes is diagnosed if your A1C (a measure of blood sugar levels over the past two to three months) is 5.7% to 6.5%, if your fasting plasma glucose is 100 to 125 milligrams/deciliter and your oral glucose tolerance test is 140 to 199 mg/dl, usually after requiring two positive test results."
…is not pre-diabetes. It is DIABETES. If you are having numbers like this, it is past the slap on the wrist, it is time to take action to manage what is now a full blown condition. I do not like the diagnosis of "pre-diabetes" as I think of it as being "pre-pregnant". It is one of the most miss leading things out there.
The article does deal with the patient and the things we go through after a diagnosis and how we try to talk ourselves out of it. But that is where the term PRE becomes the issue. We think somehow that we have time to work on it. I mean, we do, it's not going to kill us tomorrow. However, it makes it feel less of a disease. It is not.
I wish doctors would call fasting readings of 100-110 warning readings. Not 125. And a glucose test of 199 is totally unacceptable as a PRE diagnosis. Anything over 140 is when damage begins. In a non diabetic person, you have to push really hard to even reach 140. My husband even after two donuts and a sugar laden drink when from 78 (fasting) to 97 and topped out.
I'm sorry, but this is one of my pet peeves. It's what gets put by the side when a doctor doesn't see the warnings because they are waiting way too late. We know what to look for in our lab work, but the average person doesn't.
Is it easier to get it managed if you catch it earlier? Yes, I am sure it is. But earlier must come before we are fasting at 125 and more. I know someone who has a fasting of 115 or more and because it has not hit the magic 125, the doctor will not address it. And they won't listen to me, they told me flat out, "the doctor didn't say I have it, so I don't". It hurts my heart to hear that, because I know they could be doing something about it earlier.
What do you guys think about diagnosis of pre-diabetes? Should we try to find a way to get the medical community to get a lower threshold?
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