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Old 04-10-2014, 08:12 AM   #1
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Am I a Diabetic?

For some time now, my MD has said I am pre-diabetic. I am on 2000mg of Metformin a day. A few days ago, I had my first A1c and it came back at 7.1. She says that it will be okay as long as I continue to watch my diet and stay on the Met. Everywhere I read says if your A1c gets up to 7.1 then you are indeed diabetic. Any thoughts on this. It is all so overwhelming.

However, I am doing much better since my last post :-)
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Old 04-10-2014, 07:44 PM   #2
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well, the language doesn't mean so much, but yeah, I think you should act like you are diabetic. If you are trying to control carbs, taking Metformin, and still have an A1c that high, you don't have a good functioning insulin metabolism, which is the real question. best of luck, but do take it seriously!
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Old 04-11-2014, 04:09 AM   #3
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Every reputable website I looked at said over 6.5 is diabetic. Sorry.
I find testing before, the 1 and 2 hours after each meal is really helping me refine what foods I can eat and remain below the 'high' BG I have chosen as my 'too high' point. Getting this level of control has helped me deal with having diabetes both physically and emotionally.
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Old 04-11-2014, 10:08 AM   #4
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Every reputable website I looked at said over 6.5 is diabetic. Sorry.
I find testing before, the 1 and 2 hours after each meal is really helping me refine what foods I can eat and remain below the 'high' BG I have chosen as my 'too high' point. Getting this level of control has helped me deal with having diabetes both physically and emotionally.
gotsomeold - what do you consider after and hour a spike in BS- 40 pts? 50? Just curious. BTW...I love Marietta!
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Old 04-11-2014, 02:08 PM   #5
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Wow Sarah, I guess I have not thought about how high my BG goes in terms of orders of magnitude. After the two months of getting adapted to LCHF, my pre-meal tests were almost always at or below 85. I just checked how high my BG went at one hour and if it was anywhere near 120, I recalculated my carbs and gave some thought to volume.

Until I got sick on vacation, I had not seen anything near 120 except for trying new foods. Now, my body is still recovering from being ill, and my BG shows it. So pre-meal is high 90s or over 100. But my 'spikes' are still under 120.

That is interesting, the height of the spikes is about the same as pre-sick. But the order of magnitude (range) is about 10 smaller than it was before. Does that make sense? I guess it does for Diabetes, the condition where every bite is a guessing game.
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Old 04-21-2014, 04:42 PM   #6
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7.1 is not prediabetic. It's diabetic.
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Old 04-25-2014, 08:00 PM   #7
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7.1 is not prediabetic. It's diabetic.
Sorry, but yes.

That A1C translates to an average blood glucose of 157 mg/dl all of the time.

Damage to occurs over 140 mg/dl.
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