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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Many people say that depression is a side effect or complication of diabetes. Without discounting the association of the psychological condition with the physical one, I'm not convinced that our high and/or unstable glucose levels are directly responsible for that change in our mental state. My belief is that the unrelenting need for self-care, for following the sort of care schedules that can drive licensed, professional caregivers crazy, is what overwhelms us...