Diabetes Stigmas and Struggles Part 2
Understanding the lack of prediabetes information
Why doesn't the medical community provide more information on prediabetes? Is a rising fasting glucose of 150 to 160 an issue? Are post-meal readings of 300 with an A1C of 6.5 OK?
This is part 2 of the column which highlights a few of the many questions posed by dlife readers.
Question: There is such a limited amount of information on prediabetes. Does the medical community want you to become a diabetic and then they can treat you, but not give information to prevent it?
Answer: No! Unfortunately, our healthcare system is years away from a paradigm of prevention. This translates into very few insurance companies will pay for prediabetes education. Many programs are working on ways to get around this, despite funding, to help prevent people from joining the pandemic.
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The past couple of days have seen signs of slowing in the rate of type 2 diabetes diagnosis in the United States. For the first time in twenty years, the Centers for Disease Control are reporting a leveling off of diabetes diagnoses, rather than the typical climb. Though the leveling off applied overall, the aging, blacks, Hispanics and the poorly educated saw a continued rise in the number of people diagnosed with type 2. This is unsurprising, given the CDC believes that...