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Borderline diabetic

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ajandjjmum Sun 18-Sep-16 21:44:17

I had a call from my GP last week to say that from some (non-fasting) blood tests taken recently, I am virtually diabetic - he mentioned a figure of 48 or 49. Of course, I was in too much of a panic to clarify. I am to have another blood test in a month or so, and he suggested I cut out sugar, try and lose a bit of weight etc.

Really looking for experience/tips if anyone has been in this position.

Certainly the kick up the backside I need to start looking after my own health, rather than worrying about everyone elses!

Thank you.

PikachuSayBoo Sun 18-Sep-16 22:31:58

Did he say 4.8 rather than 48?

Either he said the first which is normal. Or he said the second and I think you would be dead. Or he's using a totally different scale to the one im used to.

PikachuSayBoo Sun 18-Sep-16 22:34:19

I'm not pre diabetic myself but do worry about it as I am overweight.

I'm trying to lose weight and have joined a gym. I know from my friend who is diabetic that exercise is important as well as diet. I guess cutting out refined carbs, like white bread, pasta, cake would be good. I've read about people reversing actual diabetes using the 5:2 diet.

Wolfiefan Sun 18-Sep-16 22:39:41

My mum was pre diabetic for years. My understanding is that you can prevent this developing if you limit sugar and lose weight. She didn't. She's now classed as diabetic BUT has it under control with diet. Good luck. You can control this.

melibu84 Sun 18-Sep-16 22:43:36

My only tip is to do what he said - make healthier choices about what you're eating. To be honest, it's not that difficult to tell which foods are best for you, the issue here is having the willpower to reach for the fruit instead of the chocolate.

Saying that, fruit has more sugar in it than you know. It is natural, but too much could be dangerous for you, so try not to eat more than one or two servings per day. Try to get most of your 5 a day from vegetables.

Drink plenty of water

Try not to set yourself unrealistic goals for weight loss. In fact, don't even think about the weightloss, just focus on being a healthier version of yourself, and the weight loss will happen.

If you're going to exercise, start of slowly, maybe 10 minutes every couple of days, so that you're not doing too much to soon, and then slowly build on that. Or try something lighter like Yoga to begin with.

What worked for me when I started trying to be healthy was the 30 Days of Yoga challenge with Adriene on YouTube. I did that whole 30 days, and then started introducing cardio every couple of days as well. I also did not think about dieting. I found just exercising gave me the confidence and awareness to instinctively start making healthier choices about food.

i am not diabetic, or close to it, but both my mum and nan have / had the condition, and complications with it. To be honest, what made me think about being healthier is the state my mum is in now. She's diabetic, has high blood pressure, has had a stroke and is currently undergoing dialysis. The sad thing is, she never looked after herself. If she had, all of this could have been prevented. If that's not motivation to be healthier, I don't know what is!

AppleMagic Sun 18-Sep-16 22:49:26

Either he said the first which is normal. Or he said the second and I think you would be dead. Or he's using a totally different scale to the one im used to.

The latter. It's in mmol/mol from a Hba1c test. 48 (or 6.5%) is the cut-off between diabetic and not diabetic.

Tootsiepops Sun 18-Sep-16 22:50:00

I had gestational diabetes when I was pregnant. I think that means there's a 50/50 chance I'll go on to get type 2 diabetes in the future. My daughter is nearly a year old now and I have been in diet denial since she was born, but I'm back on the (no sugar) wagon tomorrow. I don't mind really, but it's just so terminally dull grin

ajandjjmum Mon 19-Sep-16 10:20:49

I don't think I'm dead Pikachu grin - it was presumably the test Apple refers to.

That's interesting Wolfie - so there is hope! I need to be far more careful than I have been of late. It's like Melibu says, I need to make smarter choices. I'll have a look on the 30 days of yoga - and maybe join DH in more of the dog walks!

Just taking a bottle of water for my drive to London rather than stop for a coffee. Also cut out sugar completely in drinks and porridge.

Body preservation starts now!

Hopefully Tootsie you'll be one of the 50% who don't get it. smile

ajandjjmum Mon 19-Sep-16 10:21:45

Does anyone know how soon I could expect to see an improvement - is it a gradual thing, or pretty instantaneous?

NanTheWiser Mon 19-Sep-16 12:18:08

You can reduce your blood glucose level quite dramatically by doing the Low Carb High Fat (LCHF) way of eating (there is a topic on LCHF on the boards). Many diabetics are using this method (you only have to look on the Diabetes forums to see how effective this is). It's not just the sugar you are aware of, but ALL carbs convert to sugar in the blood, so cutting out foods such as potatoes, bread, rice and pasta will lower blood glucose levels pretty quickly. A bonus is that you should lose weight too, but you need to do a bit of reading on the subject. I was nearly pre-diabetic and have been doing LCHF for about 5 months, and have lost almost a stone in weight, plus my Hba1C has reduced. My friend has also done it - her Hba1C was 44, but after doing LCHF for 3 months it has gone down to 37, and has also lost a stone in weight. (The pre-diabetes range is from 42 - 47 so you are really in the diabetic range if over 47)

SoHereItIs2016 Mon 19-Sep-16 20:54:01

But nan surely eating a high fat diet will just cause other health issues eventually??

NanTheWiser Mon 19-Sep-16 22:28:44

Not really, SoHereItIs, you are switching the fuel your body uses from sugar to fat - from glucogenic to ketogenic. Fat doesn't make you fat - sugar does. If you read the Low-carb Boot Camp threads on the boards, there is plenty of info about this way of eating, even more on the Diabetes UK forums (and other Diabetes forums). Basically, it is the way Man used to eat 10,000 years ago, hunter-gatherer, before agriculture, and before we imported the potato and grains, so it is a very natural way to eat.

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