Pre-Diabetes Warning

By lmroy405 Latest Reply 2010-10-15 08:37:35 -0500
Started 2010-10-13 18:36:19 -0500

Hi Everyone, I'm new to Diabetic Connect and I'm floundering around the website trying to understand what I should do first. I just recently joined and I really don't know where to begin my journey with all of this. I just recently found out that I (A1c level of 5.7), AND my six year old son (A1c level of 5.9) are in the risk areas for becoming diabetics. I'm really concerned, especially for him. Diabetes is prevalent in my family and I'm really concerned that I won't know how to alleviate eithier of us from becoming a number as well. I'm a single mom (seperated for a little over a year) and it's hard for me to find the time to excersie (sp), and cook balanced, healthy meals every day. Not to mention, my six year old is in that state of, "Veggies & fruits…ugh!" I do know this is somehting that I have to do, but it's hard. Now, with this news, it scares me that due to the "pressures" of life (work, clean the house, etc.) and what it entails on a daily basis, I won't be able to do what I need to do for the both of us. Yes, I'm a strong person and I know God won't put more on me than I can handle, but I'm still concerned and would like some encouragement and help on where to begin. Any suggestions on how to make this process easier for the both of us? Thanks! :)

5 replies

GabbyPA 2010-10-14 13:48:14 -0500 Report

The fact that you are looking at this is good. Keeping an eye on things is the best defense. If it runs in the family, what I suggest is eating and living like you have it already. Actually, every person could benefit from living as we are forced to live. It's healthy in so many ways. Easier if you do it before you have to change a whole bunch of bad habits.

It is different for growing children so make sure you check with the Juvenile Diabetes sites, they will help you so much. He is still young and you are in charge. Remember that, always. It will cause some friction, but if you guys work together and do things like play together and even cook together it will be a bonding time for you both and when you are making good choices that will give you a better chance at a long life to share with each other.

He is in your care. Care for him to save him suffering in the future. You might not prevent it from happening, but if you teach him young, he will have the tools to make good choices as he grows up. Like any training, it will come with opposition. Expect it, deal with it, and be a loving mom. Sometimes that mean you have to be tough.

I know you are separated and maybe there is some feeling sorry for him (or even yourself) in all of that. Don't let it rule. That is not what makes you the great mom that you are. You are in control of that. Are you going to make mistakes? You bet! But if the two of you work together and you make it fun or like it's normal or that it's not big deal....however it works best. You guys will do great and your little one will love you for it.

lmroy405 2010-10-14 18:18:41 -0500 Report

Gabby, you are an amazing person for taking the time to share this with me. I am thankful to you. I am getting ready to check out the Juvenile Diabetes website now…great idea! I didn't even think of that. You are absolutely about everything you said above. Thanks again for sharing and we're ready for the journey of making a lifestyle change for the best! :)

Kirla 2010-10-13 19:22:01 -0500 Report


I was diagnosed last year with a fasting blood sugar of 366 and A1C of 14.1.

4 months later my A1C was 5.9 and blood sugar readings were almost normal levels. My latest A1C was 5.2.

I made lots of changes to my diet and lifestyle.

You may not have to.

Some people can reduce the carbs or make changes like switching to whole grains. I believe in drinking 8+ glasses of water and eating as many low carb vegetables as possible. I snack on sunflower seeds, peanuts, almonds and walnuts. I make my own nut milks. Homemade nut milks are low carb. Regular milk is full of sugar.

You can do little things like not drinking soda’s or juices. Drinking water, tea and other low carb sugarless drinks will help a lot. Even diet soda is no good for you. Eating your fruits instead of buying and drinking juices will help a lot. Limiting things like bread, crackers, cookies, cakes, cereals, pasta, corn, peas, potatoes, French fries and many other high sugar, high carb starchy foods.

I believe the best advice I can give is to research all the low carb diets and find one you like and follow it. Almost all diabetics I have read about who have been able to control their blood sugar and get off of meds have all done it by going low carb. Many low carb diets severely limit carbs in the beginning and slowly add some good carbs back in over time.

I kind of follow the Atkins diet myself. Everything you need to know is free on there website. You don’t even have to buy a book. Atkins is a 4-phase diet. At first you eat hardly no carbs at all, then over time you slowly add some back into your diet. I kind of started in phase 3 myself. I believe a lot of the other diets do a similar thing.

I write about how I controlled my blood sugar on my blog. You can read it if you like. I will post a link here if your interested.

Good luck

lmroy405 2010-10-14 06:05:17 -0500 Report

Kevin, congratulations on your success! You have given my son and I hope. Wow! I was afraid that our levels were high until I read your diagnosed results. I am proud to know that we can beat this with diet and excercise, if we try hard. I will research the low carb diets and make some lifestyle changes too. I look forward to reading your blog today. Thanks again for giving me hope! Good luck on your continued success. :)