I am considered borderline diabetic, but am not sure if it's type 1 or type 2. However, I stay tired a lot. What can I do?

Patty Bonsignore


“Borderline” diabetes (we now use the term prediabetes) means you are at a higher risk of getting type 2 diabetes. There is no such thing as “borderline” type 1 diabetes. If you have prediabetes, it means your blood glucose levels are higher than they should be, but not high enough to classify you as having type 2 diabetes. The good news about prediabetes is that there is still time to change course and prevent the progression to type 2 diabetes. Studies have shown that by exercising 150 minutes per week and losing 5 to 10% of your body weight, you can reduce your risk of getting diabetes by 60%. For blood glucose levels to cause fatigue they have to be pretty high. It would be unusual in prediabetes for your blood glucose levels to go high enough to cause this symptom. There are many other things that can cause fatigue though, including poor diet, inactivity, thyroid problems, blood abnormalities and depression, just to name a few. It is important to discuss this symptom with your doctor. If the fatigue is due to your blood glucose levels, increasing your physical activity and making changes to your diet will help.

July 10, 2013 at 11:31 am

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