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Prediabetes Can it be really reversed?

Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by AngelusMortis, Sep 24, 2018.

  1. AngelusMortis

    AngelusMortis Prediabetes · Newbie

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    Hi folks,

    yesterday I was detected with prediabetes with 5.6 level. I have been binge drinker for more than 1 year which may have pressuring my pancreas to produce less insulin. I just want to know for real if I stop drinking, will everything be restored? or for the rest of my life I will have to fight with diabetes.

    Thanks
     
  2. Guzzler

    Guzzler Type 2 · Master

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    Hello and welcome to the forum. Tagging @daisy1 for the info pack offered to all newcomers.

    Even without the diagnosis of Pre Diabetes you know you should stop the binge drinking.
    Yes, Remission is totally possible but when you acheive remission you will always have to be vigilant about your lifestyle with regard to anything that you eat or drink. There is Hope.

    Have a wander around the forum and ask as many questions as you like.
     
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  3. Resurgam

    Resurgam Type 2 (in remission!) · Expert

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    Angelus Mortis eh - there's cheerful. (you'll have to imagine the Welsh accent)
    No need to be despondent, as even a bad diabetic like me can not only reduce the impact of diabetes but find that it is a positive benefit long term.
    As a Type two it is more likely that you are making more insulin than necessary for normal living - it is just that what is normal for your mind is not the same normal as your body needs.
    You don't really need to have an answer about the binge drinking though - do you?
    If you are lucky, as I was, then eating and drinking in a way which helps your body to cope as best it might will result in quite astonishing improvements. You will probably always have to consider yourself as having a tendency to be diabetic, and either act accordingly or accept that there will be consequences.
     
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    4ratbags Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Making changes now may prevent you progressing into becoming diabetic. With the right changes it is completely possible for many. You are only at the pre diabetic range atm so now is definitely the time to start make changes.
     
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    Prem51 Type 2 · Expert

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    Welcome to the forum @AngelusMortis. You know that binge drinking isn't good for you, or anyone. Some alcoholic drinks are worse than others in terms of sugars and carbohydrates. I see you are 28, so perhaps you drink the sugary pre-mixed drinks which will contain a lot of sugar. If you do drink spirits with mixers, you should use the 'sugar free' mixers.
    Beer is usually high in carbs, we call it 'liquid bread' and should be avoided. I was drinking 3-4 pints of beer most nights, before I was diagnosed, which almost certainly contributed to my becoming Type 2.
    I stick to red wine now, which is better, and occasionally neat brandy or whiskey.

    But it's not just alcohol which causes T2. You need to avoid or reduce sugary stuff and starchy carbohydrates like potatoes, bread pasta and rice. Starchy carbs turn to sugar in our bodies so aren't good for T2 diabetics or pre-diabetics.

    In a way it is good that you have been told you are pre-diabetic, and can take action to avoid becoming diabetic. I wish I had.
     
  6. daisy1

    daisy1 Type 2 · Legend
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    @AngelusMortis

    Hello and welcome to the Forum :) Here is the Basic Information we give to new members and I hope you will find it useful. Ask as many questions as you want and someone will be able to help.


    BASIC INFORMATION FOR NEW MEMBERS

    Diabetes is the general term to describe people who have blood that is sweeter than normal. A number of different types of diabetes exist.

    A diagnosis of diabetes tends to be a big shock for most of us. It’s far from the end of the world though and on this forum you'll find well over 235,000 people who are demonstrating this.

    On the forum we have found that with the number of new people being diagnosed with diabetes each day, sometimes the NHS is not being able to give all the advice it would perhaps like to deliver - particularly with regards to people with type 2 diabetes.

    The role of carbohydrate

    Carbohydrates are a factor in diabetes because they ultimately break down into sugar (glucose) within our blood. We then need enough insulin to either convert the blood sugar into energy for our body, or to store the blood sugar as body fat.

    If the amount of carbohydrate we take in is more than our body’s own (or injected) insulin can cope with, then our blood sugar will rise.

    The bad news

    Research indicates that raised blood sugar levels over a period of years can lead to organ damage, commonly referred to as diabetic complications.

    The good news

    People on the forum here have shown that there is plenty of opportunity to keep blood sugar levels from going too high. It’s a daily task but it’s within our reach and it’s well worth the effort.

    Controlling your carbs

    The info below is primarily aimed at people with type 2 diabetes, however, it may also be of benefit for other types of diabetes as well.

    There are two approaches to controlling your carbs:
    • Reduce your carbohydrate intake
    • Choose ‘better’ carbohydrates
    Reduce your carbohydrates

    A large number of people on this forum have chosen to reduce the amount of carbohydrates they eat as they have found this to be an effective way of improving (lowering) their blood sugar levels.

    The carbohydrates which tend to have the most pronounced effect on blood sugar levels tend to be starchy carbohydrates such as rice, pasta, bread, potatoes and similar root vegetables, flour based products (pastry, cakes, biscuits, battered food etc) and certain fruits.

    Choosing better carbohydrates

    The low glycaemic index diet is often favoured by healthcare professionals but some people with diabetes find that low GI does not help their blood sugar enough and may wish to cut out these foods altogether.

    Read more on carbohydrates and diabetes.

    Over 145,000 people have taken part in the Low Carb Program - a 10 week structured education course that is helping people lose weight and reduce medication dependency by explaining the science behind carbs, insulin and GI.

    Eating what works for you

    Different people respond differently to different types of food. What works for one person may not work so well for another. The best way to see which foods are working for you is to test your blood sugar with a glucose meter.

    To be able to see what effect a particular type of food or meal has on your blood sugar is to do a test before the meal and then test after the meal. A test 2 hours after the meal gives a good idea of how your body has reacted to the meal.

    The blood sugar ranges recommended by NICE are as follows:

    Blood glucose ranges for type 2 diabetes
    • Before meals: 4 to 7 mmol/l
    • 2 hours after meals: under 8.5 mmol/l
    Blood glucose ranges for type 1 diabetes (adults)
    • Before meals: 4 to 7 mmol/l
    • 2 hours after meals: under 9 mmol/l
    Blood glucose ranges for type 1 diabetes (children)
    • Before meals: 4 to 8 mmol/l
    • 2 hours after meals: under 10 mmol/l
    However, those that are able to, may wish to keep blood sugar levels below the NICE after meal targets.

    Access to blood glucose test strips

    The NICE guidelines suggest that people newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes should be offered:
    • structured education to every person and/or their carer at and around the time of diagnosis, with annual reinforcement and review
    • self-monitoring of plasma glucose to a person newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes only as an integral part of his or her self-management education

    Therefore both structured education and self-monitoring of blood glucose should be offered to people with type 2 diabetes. Read more on getting access to blood glucose testing supplies.

    You may also be interested to read questions to ask at a diabetic clinic.

    Note: This post has been edited from Sue/Ken's post to include up to date information.
    Take part in Diabetes.co.uk digital education programs and improve your understanding. Most of these are free.

    • Low Carb Program - it's made front-page news of the New Scientist and The Times. Developed with 20,000 people with type 2 diabetes; 96% of people who take part recommend it... find out why

    • Hypo Program - improve your understanding of hypos. There's a version for people with diabetes, parents/guardians of children with type 1, children with type 1 diabetes, teachers and HCPs.
     
  7. AngelusMortis

    AngelusMortis Prediabetes · Newbie

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    Thank you all for personally motivating me and for lots of good advice. It's just all this diabetes thing scared the hell out of me. I will try my best to do good. I wish you all good heath too :)
     
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