A Diagnosis of Pre-Diabetes

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June 25, 2012 by Mary Ann Tuohy, R.N., M.S.N., C.D.E.

A diagnosis of pre-diabetes is a bad thing and a good thing. It is bad because it announces that unless changes occur, you are headed toward full-fledged diabetes. The good aspect of knowing about this “in-between stage” is that the process can be halted and maybe even reversed. Having pre-diabetes is like being atop a slippery slope and there are definite proven measures to improve the odds in one’s favor – to enhance general health and well-being and prevent (or at least postpone for years) having diabetes.
When blood glucose levels are abnormally high, as evidenced by several readings or an A1c test, but not quite the level of being diagnostic of diabetes, a person is in a “grace period.” At this point, lifestyle behavioral changes can significantly impact outcomes. Physicians typically tell patients to “Lose weight, exercise more, and handle stress better.” This is sound advice but often leaves a patient with the question of “How can I?” Habits are difficult to change. Barriers block good intentions from becoming a reality.
Springhill Medical Centers Diabetes Education Center has a program to address the issues confronted by pre-diabetics. In one session, participants learn what has gone awry with their metabolism, and how to set personal goals and formulate an individual plan for their changes. Certified diabetes educators who are nurses or dietitians guide and lead offering methods of accountability.
To learn more about Springhill Medical Center’s Diabetes Education Program, click here.

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