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7 Natural Treatments Of Prediabetes Symptoms

We know that diabetes is a major problem in the U.S., and prediabetes is not less of an issue — but it’s also a wakeup call that can jolt someone into action. Prediabetes symptoms may go unnoticed, but the first sign is that you no longer have normal blood sugar levels. A prediabetes diagnosis is a warning sign to people who will develop diabetes if they don’t make serious lifestyle changes. The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention National Diabetes Statistics Report says that 37 percent of United States adults older than 20 years and 51 percent of those older than 65 exhibit prediabetes symptoms. When applied to the entire population in 2012, these estimates suggest that there are nearly 86 million adults with prediabetes in the United States alone. Furthermore, the International Diabetes Federation projects an increase in prevalence of prediabetes to 471 million globally by 2035. (1) Luckily, research shows that lifestyle intervention may decrease the percentage of prediabetic patients who develop diabetes from 37 percent to 20 percent. (2) What Is Prediabetes? Prediabetes is a condition defined as having blood glucose levels above normal but below the defined threshol Continue reading >>

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  1. fetch

    I'm just going to put this here.
    1. If your doctor tells you "you have diabetes" based solely on a single elevated HbA1c on bloodwork and wants to start you on metformin.
    -and-
    2. You have not experienced any clinical signs of diabetes mellitus (DM).
    Please, please, please: request you do random blood glucose measurements for a couple months in lieu of starting drugs.
    Why? To possibly prove you are not diabetic, that's why.
    I am writing this because I had my own PCP try to do exactly this to me last year. And frankly I now wonder how many people physicians are doing this to, relying on a single HbA1c result to diagnose DM. They are applying bad science as the recommendation is only to use A1c to diagnose diabetes if the "abnormal" result can be confirmed on repeat testing and when used in conjunction with testing blood glucose values.
    My own reading which triggered the misdiagnosis was a single 7.3% (above the 6.5-7% threshold depending on lab). Three months later, without changing a single thing about my life or diet, it was 5.3% (normal).

  2. gonwtwindo

    It's not really a 'single' reading. It's an average of the last 60-90 days' blood sugar levels.
    Diabetes used to be diagnosed with a single fasting blood sugar reading. Now that is unreliable, as if you had a low carb day the day before, you'd likely test normal.
    My endo said that diabetic damage to capillaries and nerves occurs when blood sugar levels rise above a 6.0 A1c. Just putting that out there.

  3. lovinita

    Pg 57, from Dr Richard Bernstein Diabetes solution.
    "The upper and lower ranges of 'normal' values reported by most labs are usually erroneously high or low respectively. In other words, the ranges are usually much too wise. Thus it is up to your physician to decide, based upon his experience what the proper normal range is for the labs should be. Some doctors have their own formulas for estimating average four-month blood glucose sugar levels from A1C.
    A normal value should correspond to blood sugars 75-86 mg/dl. The experience I have had with the lab I use (the largest in the U.S.) for my patients is that a truly normal H1C ranges from 4.2-4.6 percent, which corresponds to blood sugars of 72-86 mg/dl. A recent study of "non-diabetics" showed a 28 percent increase in mortality for every 1 percent increase above 4.9 percent."
    MY EXPERIENCE/THOUGHTS
    You could becoming insulin resistant.
    So, I am assuming you are literally journaling(writing down) all your carb intake when you say you have not changed a thing?
    If not, you really can't draw that conclusion.
    5.3 isn't normal it is pre-diabetic. Many doctors say it is normal but it really isn't. My Primary care measured only my Fasting BG which was a 118. And said I was fine. I kept complaining, and complaining. Then because my red bloods where slightly elevated, in 3 consecutive tests, she sent my to a hematologist. The hemo tested for cushings. I had high elevated cortisol. She sent my to an endocrinologist. The Endo tested my *insulin levels* (NOT blood glucose). Found I was insulin resistant and my A1C was a 5.6 while my insulin levels where 93 that was 5 times more than a normal diabetic level. 10 times more than a normal person.
    following modern day medicine I went from an a1c of 5.6 to a 6.7 steadily.
    Following Dr Richard Bersteins plan I am now back to prediabetic levels of 5.4. And my last insulin test was an 11 lowest ever.

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