My husband having fasting glucose result of 6.3 mmol/l and HBa1c of 8.1% is he diabetic already?

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He has previous result of fasting glucose 5.8 mmol and HBa1c of 8.0 % last October only

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    Dear april mild46610,

    I'm afraid, dear lady, that the answer is yes.

    Your husband's fasting blood glucose level of 5.8 mmol/L is only just above the 'normal' range, but his HbA1c level of 8.0% clearly indicates that he is diabetic.  (A HbA1c level of 6.5% or more is sufficient for a doctor to diagnose diabetes.)

    Having said this, none of us here could possibly know anything about your husband, such as whether he has any pre-existing medical conditions or what medication(s) he is currently taking.  There are a few medical conditions AND medications that can cause a rise in blood glucose levels.

    You are aware, aren't you, that the HbA1c test offers a result of what your husband's blood glucose levels have been like over the previous 3 months, with a slight bias towards the latter 6 to 8 weeks of that time.

    Unfortunately, you will need to wait for your husband's doctor to make the diagnosis as, by law, only s/he can legally make that diagnosis, though many people who know about blood glucose levels could inform you if a given blood glucose level is above the 'normal' range.

    I wish both your husband and yourself the very best of luck and hope that you won't find the sudden influx of information that you're going to be bombarded with too much.

    Be well.

    Lots of Love and Light.


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      Hi Mick. With my husband having his fasting blood sugar at 6.3. His cholesterol was sitting at 6.5. This was done with a blood test. The doctors have done nothing . He has sugar 24 hours a day and never drinks water only sqqueezy juices and milkshakes and coffee with 3 spoons of sugar in. He eats a lot of carbs as well. He has a very large stomach and his breathing has become very laboured. He just won't listen to me and tells me he is fine. He has just been in hospital because they say he has cellulitis and it was weeping all of the time. He says his bloods came back normal I can't see how that can happens because he has had a sore on his leg for 2 months before the cellulitis started. They were also very pussy. Just don't know what yo do.

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      Dear nadinebey,

      Please forgive me, ma'am.  I had read your message this morning, and was in the process of responding to you when an ambulance turned up for me to attend a hospital appointment.

      As your message was fresh in my mind, and it was a diabetes appointment that I was attending, I asked both a diabetes specialist nurse and a diabetes doctor what they thought.  Both of them stated that your husband's fasting blood sugar (glucose) level was in the pre-diabetes range.

      The doctor stated that she would start your husband on Metformin straight away, in an attempt to prevent ... or delay ... your husband becoming a full blown type 2 diabetic.  The diabetes specialist nurse stated that she would have requested an Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (OGTT) be carried out, in an attempt to work out whether your husband had impaired fasting glucose (IFG).  (Both Impaired Fasting Glucose levels AND pre-diabetes are a precursor to the development of type 2 diabetes.)

      The diabetes specialist nurse stated that as your husband didn't, apparently, be offering any support or advice that she would advise you to seek another doctor.  The diabetes doctor stated that she would immediately start your husband on Metformin (Glucophage) AND have made a referral for your husband to speak with a dietitian.

      I'm afraid, ma'am, that your husband is fooling himself when he says that he is fine.  The sad truth is, the longer his blood sugar levels are above a 'normal' level, the more damage is being done to his internal organs, his blood vessels, and his nerves.  He WON'T see the problems right now, but in years to come he will.  By then, though, it will be too late.  Doctors won't be able to 'turn back the clock' for him.  The damage won't be able to be repaired.  (Unfortunately, I know this from experience.  I can no longer feel below my knees, I have problems with bowel and bladder function, my blood pressure control is awry, sexual function has left me in capable of having sex, and it's all my own fault.)

      From your mentioning of your husband taking sugar in his coffee, having milkshakes and juices, it's evident that you already know that these things will all raise his blood sugar levels.

      Hypercholesterolemia (high LDL (Low Density Lipoprotein) cholesterol levels AND having a larger proportion of adipose (abdominal) fat are both risk factors for the development of type 2 diabetes.

      Cellulitis MAY or may NOT be related to your husband's blood sugar levels, but it MAY also be down to his size.  Both are risk factors for developing cellulitis.  (You can read more about it on the following web page:

      I do appreciate the anxiety that all of this is probably causing you, ma'am, and I truly do wish I could offer something to you.  Unfortunately, your husband is in denial ... he doesn't want to accept that he's in a poor condition.

      I have no wish to cause you further anxiety, Nadine, but IF the "sore on is leg" is actually a diabetic ulcer, it can, in some circumstances take a very long time to heal up.  (I've got a foot ulcer underneath my left foot that I've had since 28th March 2012, and I have twice weekly District Nurses attending to change dressings AND I'm seen by a podiatrist (chiropodist) every 4 weeks.  I've also been seen by a vascular surgeon to see if 'plastic' surgery would help; I've had scans to check my circulation, and I've been fitted with orthotic shoes.  This is the longest time that I've had a foot ulcer.  Most of them have cleared up within a few months or so.)

      I'm sorry to have been the bearer of bad news, Nadine, and I truly do hope both yourself and your husband can get some support and advice.


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    Hi April. My husband not only has blood sugar at 6.3 but hid cholesterol was sitting at 6.5. He has sugar 24 hours a day. He now has cellulitis on both of his legs. The doctors know his fasting blood sug is 6.3 and that his cholesterol is 6.5 but they have done nothing about it. They say his sugar is fine but he gets sores on lis legs and they can take up to 4 months to heal. I know he has diabetes but no one else seems to think so. He is always tired and sleeps a lot. Can't go Mir then 5 hoursnwithour sleeping.

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