Prediabetes is like the two minute warning just before the end of the first half in a football game. You have those minutes of reflection and then perhaps the entire second half, but if you’re too far behind much of the second half might be a hopeless effort. This isn’t an exact analogy, of course, but if you’ve got that two minutes, that A1c rising into the diabetic zone at about your own midpoint or even later, your response to the warning could have everything to do with the nature of the second half.
Studies suggest that prediabetes leads to type 2 diabetes within ten years or less, often far less, so it makes sense to do whatever you can to avoid the next step. At least that’s what I’ve decided.
My A1c has risen in the last three years of annual blood tests from 5.7% to 6.1%. At 5.9% last year my doctor suggested I cut back on carbs. I did it in a half-hearted way. I switched to whole grain bread and I stopped eating pasta three or more times a week, but the natural progression of 0.2% per year stayed the same. Furthermore, my triglyceride levels were rising yearly along with the glucose levels and my HDL cholesterol levels were dropping. A little reading pointed out pretty clearly that body’s chemistry was announcing, from its primary microphones, my two minute warning.
My doctor seemed to hear it less clearly than I did. She gave me a choice, a drug, metformin, which would reduce
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- Description: My doctor gave me a choice, a drug, metformin, which would reduce the amount of glucose produced by my liver, or just waiting another year or so until my A1c reached 6.5% at which time she could officially label me as a diabetic…