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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by Brenda Bell
As I mentioned in an earlier post, one of the benefits that made it cost-effective for me to go with the real healthcare (HSA) plan rather than the phony (HRA) plan is that my company is now covering "preventative" medicines at $0 copay. The formulary for these, as stated by CVS/Caremark (my pharmacy benefits provider), covers all test strips, lancets, and control solutions. I dutifully get my doctor to write up prescriptions for all of my testing needs, submit...
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