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Am i Prediabetic? Confused

Discussion in 'Prediabetes' started by tombo_83, Mar 29, 2019.

  1. tombo_83

    tombo_83 · Newbie

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    Hi, any thoughts or advice would be very much appreciated.
    I'm a 35 year old male, have a very good diet and exercise a lot (7 days per week). I've always considered myself very healthy.
    Recently i've been having some blurry vision and also periods of low energy especially in the morning.

    I asked my GP about the possibility of diabetes when i was there regarding another issue, and they asked me the standard questions (diet, exercise and weight) etc and said that i was unlikely to be a candidate for diabetes.

    I decided to go and buy myself a blood glucose meter - Accu Chek anyway

    My fasting first thing in the morning readings are regularly 5.5, 5.8, 6.0 (highest morning reading)

    After eating breakfast and waiting a 3 / 4 hours 5.5, 5.8,5.3 - at this point i'm pretty hungry and looking forward to lunch.

    1 hour after eating a large lunch and a very sugary snack (not my normal diet, but i wanted to induce a spike to see how quickly i recovered) 6.0 dropping back down to 5.5 after 2 hours.

    My confusion comes from the relatively high readings in the mornings (never below 5.3) and then a quick recovery it would seem. My readings don't seem to be low, but at the same time don't seem to be high also?

    Is it possible that i just have a high fasting reading?

    Slightly worried about the possibility of being prediabetic as i have a very good diet currently, which i'm not sure can really be improved, i'm not overweight and i'm physically very fit. I run 40 - 60km per week. I'm really interested in nutrition and take good care of myself. Confusing...

    Any thoughts would be appreciated

    Thanks

    Tom
     
  2. Vino lad

    Vino lad · Member

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    According to the guidelines for fasting for non diabetics ,you are fine if below 6 .
    So,looking ok to me.
    I was 5.8 this week in NHS and I am "normal" ,lucky it wasn't a psychiatric test.
     
  3. Bluetit1802

    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Guru

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    The UK diagnosis "rules" for pre-diabetes is a fasting glucose test of 5.5 to 6.9, or a 2 hour post prandial test is 7.8 to 11.

    As you are concerned, I would ask your GP for a fasting plasma glucose test and an HbA1c. Diagnosis is usually only made after an HbA1c or an oral glucose tolerance test. (Where you drink 75g of pure glucose on a fasted stomach and are tested before the drink and at intervals up to 2 hours after that in the surgery.)

    https://www.diabetes.co.uk/diabetes_care/blood-sugar-level-ranges.html
     
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