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Millions unnecessarily labelled pre-diabetic, health experts say

Posted by @Margaret_Marie in Diabetes/Endocrine System, Jul 16, 2014

Are people being mislabeled as pre-diabetic? Millions of people are being unnecessarily labelled pre-diabetic, increasing their likelihood of being prescribed drugs which will at best briefly delay the onset of the illness, say experts.

Tags: Prediabetes, Diabetes, The Guardian

jmbjar

Posted by @jmbjar, Oct 23, 2015

Not sure about unnecessarily mislabelled as I was labelled as pre diabetic 10 yrs ago but no medication Now My AIC is high - confirmed type 2 diabetes. In my opinion pre diabetes is a warning for those who may be able to change lifestyle ( if that is a factor )

colleenyoung

Posted by @colleenyoung, Nov 3, 2015

Hi @jmbjar
I tend to agree. Lifestyle choices can help prevent or at least reduce the risk of many diseases. Knowing if you're pre-diabetic may be an incentive to make changes. It can be so hard to change poor lifestyle habits even when we know they are bad for us. In fact, I started to monitor how long I sit and now try to get up and move at least every hour. It's surprisingly hard.

How are you managing your diabetes today? Were you able to change any lifestyle habits that helped?

jmbjar

Posted by @jmbjar, Nov 3, 2015

No Colleen, unfortunately I am one who ended up with type 2 diabetes no matter what I did. I have had primary hyperparathyroidism ( endocrine disorder ) since 1995, maybe earlier ( not to be confused with the thyroid ) Apparently type 2 diabetes is only one of the effects of the disease. It affects the pancreas

I am on metformin now and even that doesn't seem to be helping in keeping it under control

colleenyoung

Posted by @colleenyoung, Nov 3, 2015

Right. I noticed that you mentioned on the other thread that you have parathyroid disease and hypothyroidism

https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/hi-all-does-anyone-have-adrenal-nodule-know-if-they/

What are your options if metformin isn't helping to control your blood sugar levels?

jmbjar

Posted by @jmbjar, Nov 4, 2015

I am not sure what my options are Colleen at this point. Are you diabetic as well ?

colleenyoung

Posted by @colleenyoung, Nov 4, 2015

I'm not diabetic. My father has type 2 diabetes however which was further complicated with other lifestyle related issues, and then finally metastatic colon cancer.

More to the point, I should introduce myself properly. I'm the new Community Director of Mayo Clinic Connect. My job is to build the Connect community, reanimate the discussions and help patients connect with one another. I'm hoping that you would like to be a part of the community and help shape the website improvements to come. As we roll out new features, I'll need feedback to make sure they work well. Interested in helping out?
Colleen

jmbjar

Posted by @jmbjar, Nov 4, 2015

Not sure exactly how I can help Colleen but I will sure do what I can .

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