Wife diagnosed with Pre-Diabetes

By Latest Reply 2010-12-17 12:07:49 -0600
Started 2010-12-12 12:52:30 -0600

So being the ingnorant person I am about this, I never even heard of Pre-Diabetes before. Type 1, Type 2, being predisposed, sure, but not Pre-Diabetes. Is this just another term for predisposed? I know she needs to lose weight but does her having Pre-Diabetes mean she will develop type 1 or type 2 Diabetes? Her father just went from type 2 to type 1

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tomecom 2010-12-17 12:07:49 -0600 Report

popeye: Pre-diabetes usually precedes full blown diabetes, usually type II. Diabetes is an inflammatory disease. That means that a diet high in pro-oxidants (prepared foods, processed flour and salt, fats, caffeine, artificial sweeteners, alcohol, dairy products and others) cause inflammation; and a diet too low in antioxidants, which stop inflammation.

Inflammation causes vitamin and mineral deficiencies which lead to amino acid deficiencies, which lead to a loss in the body's ability to manage glucose and insulin, or its weight. Amino acid deficiencies cause food cravings, weigh gain, fog brain, depression, low energy, and many other problems.

Weight gain is the signature symptom for pre-diabetes and eventually diabetes. The excess weight causes belly fat, which leads to fatty liver, and then to insulin resistance. Insulin resistance causes the body's cells to not utilize insulin or glucose properly, allowing it to build-up in the bloodstream. As the blood sugars rise the body pumps more and more insulin into the bloodstream to remove it.

The excess insulin forces the excess glucose into storage as fat, in the belly area, which builds on the process. Eventually, her pancreas will become exhausted from over producing insulin and will shut down; causing her to become insulin dependent type II.

The two most important things that she must do, is lose the excess belly fat, and take a quality all natural multivitamin every day. She should also stop eating any processed or prepared foods, sodas or colas, dairy (except cottage cheese), fats (lean meat cuts only),caffeine, or artificial sweeteners. Start eating low glycemic index foods only.

I would highly recommend that you download the Diabetes Primer from CNET.com which is designed for newly diagnosed diabetics; which will explain all of this in greater detail. It also has a glycemic index table in it and helps understand how to restore vitamin and mineral deficiencies; dehydration; and general health. Just type the name of the program into the search box on the web page and download it. They also have a diet program that is designed for diabetics called the Desperation Diet that will help also.

feel free to contact me if you need any other diabetes information.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2010-12-14 14:00:19 -0600 Report


I am not a physician so I can't answer your question. But I do want to congratulate you for being a partner with your wife as she copes with her diagnosis. Some husbands/wives jump in with both feet when their partner is diagnosed, and others go into denial and hope that the diagnosis will go away if they ignore it long enough. Or, worry themselves into helplessness.

The best way to to approach a diagnosis is for everyone involved to get as educated and informed as possible, so that you know the facts regarding what to expect, how to maintain a healthy lifestyle, what to expect and not to expect. It's better to know than to no know.

I'm sure your wife appreciates your involvement and concern. Support is a critical element in staying the course. And I hope that, as needed, you will also continue to reach out for support. Your friends on Diabetic Connect are standing by!

And I wish you the best as you move forward on this journey.

Brenda_B 2010-12-13 18:25:16 -0600 Report

Type I and Type II are both related to how your body handles food… but they are totally different. Google both and you will get some general information.
Or come this this site often… you will learn sooooo much…

As a side note… I was "pre-diabetic" for years… or so I was told… morning fasting 115 or less. My foot pain got worse and worse… neuropathy. My othopedic doctor insisted I get a 4 hr fasting glucose test… wow I wasn't pre-diabetic. I was diabetic!
By the 2nd hour of the test my BG went to over 250 then between the 2nd hour and the 3hr of the test it dropped to 98… My body does not process insulin correctly. I was doing damage to my feet while I was "pre-diabetic". I'm really sorry I didn't know sooner. But I'm so glad I found this site and learned to eat low GI foods to keep my blood sugar from going high in the first place.

Kirla 2010-12-12 19:45:08 -0600 Report

A lot of people who have pre diabetes go on to develop diabetes. One thing for sure is that all diabetics were pre diabetics at some time in their lives. Maybe if she does what she needs to do now she can prevent it from getting worse or even reverse it. I was diagnosed with an A1C of 14.1 and fasting blood sugar of 366. Today my numbers are normal. Just like a non diabetic. Only thing is I still have to eat like I do or I will lose control. I will post how I control my blood sugar here. Maybe by testing you can learn what foods spike your wife and what foods don’t. Some people can reduce serving sizes and switch to whole grains and get better control of their blood sugar and some people have to make drastic changes like I do. Anyway good luck.

Feb 2009 I was diagnosed with a fasting blood sugar of 366 and A1C of 14.1. Started to eat a salad every day at supper. Also started to eat lots of low carb vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, cucumbers, spinach, pickles and sauerkraut. Started to drink 8+ glasses of water every day.

I then bought a meter and started to test my blood sugar before and after each meal. At first I was testing 2 hours after each meal and when my numbers dropped a lot I started testing 1 hour after meals.

By testing I found that foods like bread and most foods made of grains along with pasta, rice, corn, potatoes, oatmeal, cereals, chips, crackers, cakes, cookies, candy, soda, fruits, fruit juices, milk and most foods that contain more than 5-6 net carbs per serving as found on the package label all spiked my blood sugar. Some people can cut back on these foods and some people like me have to stop eating them.

After about 6-8 weeks my blood sugar readings were almost normal levels. After 7 weeks I quit all meds and my numbers continued to get better and better. My last A1C was 5.2. All A1C’s after the first one have been less than 6.

I found by reducing and eliminating high carb starchy foods helped me a lot. By adding small amounts of chicken, beef, pork or a hard boiled egg to my meals helped reduce blood sugar spikes also.

Good luck

kdroberts 2010-12-12 12:59:35 -0600 Report

It's a term that basically means that blood sugar is above normal but not quite high enough to be considered diabetic. It can and will turn into type 2 diabetes if it's not
addressed. Also, unless you are misdiagnosed you can't switch from type 1 to type 2. They are different diseases that involve different things. Do you mean her father just started taking insulin?

2010-12-12 13:59:41 -0600 Report

He was taking pills and now he has to inject insulin. Not exactly sure what pills he was on. Her family is pretty tight lipped about their medical issues