When You're on the Borderline ( Diabetes )

When You’re on the Borderline ( Diabetes )

What kind of language does your doctor use to describe your condition? If he or she is using terms like, “a touch of sugar” or “borderline diabetes,” you should take it seriously. These terms, and others like them, mean that you have diabetes.

If your blood glucose levels are anywhere above the point that clinically defines diabetes — even if they’re only slightly elevated — you have the disease, and need to monitor and treat your high blood glucose accordingly. Even if your blood glucose levels are slightly below the official cutoff, you are still at risk for the same health problems of someone who has diabetes, including heart disease, nerve damage, kidney disease, and stroke.

Unfortunately, many patients and physicians don’t take borderline cases seriously. If your blood glucose is close to diabetic levels, talk to your doctor about what steps to take right now to get them nearer to normal. Losing some weight — even 10 to 20 pounds — can considerably improve your blood glucose levels. Exercise helps too. If you have diabetes, taking action now can help you lead a longer, healthier life.

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