Diabetes Stigmas and Struggles Part 2

Understanding the lack of prediabetes information

Theresa GarneroBy Theresa Garnero, APRN, BC-ADM, MSN, CDE

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.


Prediabetes Information

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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Last Modified Date: May 24, 2013

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