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Prediabetes and pregabelin

Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by Martino, Jul 22, 2019.

  1. Martino

    Martino · Member

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    Hi
    To my surprise I was recently told by my doc that I am prediabetic. I am not overweight and have a fat free diet. I exercise every day. I do have peripheral neuropathy and take Pregabelin. Is there any evidence that this might cause raised blood sugar levels. I ask because at the moment I don’t know why I have got into the prediabetic range nor do I know how I can avoid passing on to diabetes. I should add that I smoke a pipe
     
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    Diakat Type 1 · Moderator
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    You might try ditching the fat free approach for a while and go low carb. Has worked for many here.
     
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    Resurgam Type 2 (in remission!) · Expert

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    Low fat will have no effect on your glucose levels - fat is part of a totally separate system, it is an ideal fuel for those who have glucose impairment.
    I suggest that you tot up your carbohydrate intake and see just how much sugar and starch you are eating on a daily basis. Being prediabetic now doesn't mean that you will progress to being fully diabetic, but acting now to alter things is probably essential.
    I found that getting a glucose meter and supply of test strips helped a lot to reveal just how my blood glucose levels changed after eating various foods.
     
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    Thanks very much. I am unsure how to calculate the carbs and sugar intake. I would be very grateful if you would let me know how to do this and also what the recommended intake figures are. I am very keen on trying not to move to diabetes and will try anything that will help. Which of the glucose meters around are considered the most reliable?
     
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    Thanks. I will give this a try
     
  7. NicoleC1971

    NicoleC1971 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    You could calculate this by looking at the carbs and cals app and just keeping a diary for 3 days. How much carbs/sugar (they are all glucose in your blood btw) anyone can tolerate before they run into metabolic problems is highly individual and a significant proportion of diabetics type 2s are not overweight with the converse also being true.
    https://www.carbsandcals.com/app/app
    There is plenty of good guidance on this site plus sites like Diet Doctor that advocate a high fat low carb approach aimed at keeping insulin levels low which will in turn reverse the insulin resistance that is likely making your blood sugars abnormal.
     
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