When does pre-diabetes become diabetes (type 2)

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RachelAvila
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   Posted 11/4/2016 12:53 AM (GMT -7)   
I've been pre-diabetic for many years now. I'm a 27 year old female. I had lost 60 pounds last year, but this year I stopped dieting and gained some weight back, my eating habits aren't the healthiest. I'm still overweight and plan on going back on my diet very soon.

A part of me didn't think it could happen at my young age, and that it would turn into diabetes at a later age, 40+.

I'm just wondering if there are certain symptoms/signs to tell when my pre-diabetes has become full on diabetes. I could be worrying too much, I have generalized anxiety disorder as well.

Should I invest in those little blood sugar testers? Where it pricks your finger to test your blood, forgot what they were called! Would that be the best way to tell if I have diabetes? other than having a blood test from my PCP.

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   Posted 11/4/2016 1:34 AM (GMT -7)   
hi, diabetes is a creeper, it cares not for age, ie juvenile diabetes!!! the problem is this, the weight and carbs have you at the stage of pre diabetic, something or term I am not fond of, rather, for you betterment the term diabetic I would present as, because it is diabetes. reducing carbs is key. as is shedding the weight, as it is a fat store, and it not good. hi sugars, constant urination and thirst, because ya body is trying to produce more insulin to combat the carbs, fats sugars, etc. yes, the blood glucose metres are awesome, rebates in some countries for people with diabetes. knowing your hba1c and the levels to aim for is key. have a chat with ya doc. your doc may have done some hba1c, these are the three monthly, you may require a glucose tolerance test as well. that's the syrup, and where ya sit in the clinic for quite a few hours. complications begin quite early, so keep on top of it. this turtle been through the ringer with eyes, heart, peripheral, and teeth. you not want this, I am 44. enough said.
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Lanie G
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   Posted 11/4/2016 5:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Good morning, Rachel! As Turtle said, being overweight messes with blood sugar and if that person has any relatives with diabetes, then there will be a tendency toward diabetes in any case.

First of all, what has your doctor told you? Have you had any fasting blood tests or the A1c? Do you know what any of your blood tests results are?

If your doctor prescribes a blood sugar meter, then you will be able to get the test strips with your insurance. If you're buying the meter on your own, then you can sometimes get free meters from the manufacturers but you'll be paying for the test strips on your own and that can be expensive. Or, you can buy WalMart's own brand, ReliOn, which is pretty inexpensive, including the test strips.

First and foremost, you need to know that carbs (anything made with flour, sugar, rice, potatoes, fruit) will make blood sugar very high if you cannot metabolize carbs normally. This is why diabetics and people with insulin resistance (this is diabetes, too, just another name) should not eat food that are high carbs.

If I were you, I would get an appointment with the doctor and talk about this. Actually, I'm wondering why the doctor hasn't address this and given you some guidance about testing your blood sugar and diet.

Can you write what you normally eat for meals? And can you write what your blood sugar tests have been? I'm glad you posted!
Lanie

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diabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
metformin
very low carb way of eating

RachelAvila
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   Posted 11/4/2016 5:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for the replies!

I haven't been to see a doctor just yet. I was recently approved for Medicaid and I have to wait until early December for a consultation meeting. I don't think any urgent care clinics can do blood tests, that's something that must be done by a primary care physician I believe.

My diet does consist of a lot of carbs. Bread, rice, potatoes, etc. I also eat a lot of protein in the form of chicken, eggs, and pork. I use fruit for smoothies. I don't really eat sweets like candies very often.

I might get an inexpensive blood sugar meter from Walmart like LanieG suggested.
My mother and grandmother had type 2 diabetes as well.

Lanie G
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   Posted 11/4/2016 6:31 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm speak as a person who has diabetes, not as a doctor, so I will always encourage you to talk to your doctor. Diabetes is on my mom's side of the family and I've had a tendency to gain weight very easily over the years. I'm 67 now. From what I've experienced and learned about myself is that unless I severely cut out carbs and exercise a lot regularly, I not only gain weight but my blood sugar is high. And my blood pressure became high in my 30's, made worse with pregnancy. And my cholesterol became high. I am insulin resistant and have always been but my elevated blood sugar results over the years into my 50's were only addressed like this: "Watch your diet. Eat a heart-healthy diet and exercise." The problems I have now are directly related to not knowing how to control this earlier in life but back in the 70's, we didn't know what we know now. And that is that a low-fat diet will make us gain weight because the food pyramid at that time had us eating mostly grains, even whole grains, and other carbs.

In any case, as far as eating, the best way to help yourself is to cut out eating so much bread and bread products, and that includes cereal, crackers, chips, pasta, etc. as well as corn, potatoes and rice. Unfortunately, we've been programmed to have a major carb as a large part of our meals: bread for sandwiches, rice, baked potatoes, pancakes, cakes, and so on. To keep our blood sugar from rising so high, we should eat a decent piece of protein (chicken, beef, fish) and fresh greens as in a salad, and a variety of vegetables: bell peppers, mushrooms, eggplant, asparagus, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower. Snacks of nuts and cheese, peanut butter and celery, cream cheese and celery are good. Unsweetened yogurt or yogurt with artificial sweetener is good.

A non-diabetic may be able to eat the 'old way' and not gain weight or have high blood sugar but I cannot, other diabetics cannot and you probably cannot from what you write here. The only way to know this is if you test your blood sugar right before you start eating and then about two hours afterwards.

Here is a website that will give you a lot of information about blood sugar. There is a search box on the right which you can use, too. www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/

It's important to get control of this early to avoid complications like heart disease, glaucoma, neuropathy, kidney disease and so on.
Lanie

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diabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
metformin
very low carb way of eating

theHTreturns...
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   Posted 11/6/2016 5:27 PM (GMT -7)   
yep lanie, spot on. good stuff. my family is ravaged with diabetes. mum with minor amputations!!! and a few deaths along the way. the old term if it white it aint right. so if ya do white pasta, rice, bread, these are not good. yep, other alternatives out there. diabetes educator will help ya. and with a diet where ya will lose weight. got to eat more to lose weight, but eat good stuffs. people like lanie and I, and others want to steer ya away from the complications. keep strong, you got this. keep posting.
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