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Wed Feb 16 17:00:23 UTC 2011

Was having fasting numbers in the 65-75 range. Now I am having 101-111, it seems to get higher every morning. What is happening?
Asked By: maggie183  
Category: Prediabetes

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I have pre-diabetes since last June. I am 61, 124 lbs, female, 5'5" tall. Have been to a dietician. Was told to eat alot of bread, (wheat bothers my stomach) and beef, (I don't eat beef) and have a high protein diet. Please help before I get diabetes!
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2011-02-23 21:57:12.0

Thanks for checking with dLife maggie183. First some good news... you don't have diabetes yet. Diabetes is diagnosed when you have a fasting blood sugar of 126mg/dL or greater, and you don't have any numbers that high yet. I'm not sure why the dietician you met with told you to eat a lot of bread and beef, that seems odd to me. I would recommend meeting with a different dietician and ask about carb counting. The dietician can work with you to determine how many carbohydrates you need in a day based on your age, weight, activity level and other factors. Carb counting is good because it doesn't restrict you in what you eat, but it does help you set your portion size and make you more aware of what you are eating. I would also recommend exercising to help control your blood sugar. The American Diabetes Association recommends at least 150minutes of moderate activity weekly (about 30 minutes a day at least 5 days a week). If that seems like a lot of exercise, you can start of small and work your way up to that goal. The last option for delaying or preventing diabetes is medication. Many doctors are now giving their patients diabetes medications (usually metformin or actos) to help delay the onset of diabetes. You may benefit from discussing these options with your doctor or diabetes care team. Hope you find this information helpful.
Answered By: kirk spero
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