Type 2 pre diabetis

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Can anyone tell me at what stage do gps offer meds for type 2 diabetics and what exactly do they do for it , does it reduce your blood sugar or do something more trivial or something more scary

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    Hi,I was pre diabetic for a few years before needing medication.Check with Diabetes UK website.You probably won't need medication until your fasting gloucose levels are more than 6.1.

     

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    They are to reduce your blood sugar levels. I found the side effects of the two drugs I tried to be scary and stopped them.

    Google Metformin the most commonly prescribed one. I thought that I had developed an ulcer as soon after taking one pains similar to a duodenal ulcer started. The doctor suggested taking it at night. Then I awoke with stomach pain at 2am. Even the slow release version did not reduce the effect.

    My brother and law and sister in law both have trouble with it. A neighbour has to stay in most of the morning as it has him rushing for a Poo about five times.

    A good place to read up on it is on Mumsnet as it also prescribed for ovarian trouble.

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    I think it depends at what stage you are at. My HbA1c was 5.9 [41%] when I had a NHS health check and they never told me that this is the high end of normal. When I realised that they gave me another one, by this time almost a year had passed and I had lost weight and addressed a number of other relevant issues so my dr had thought the A1c would have dropped. Unfortunately it didn't, it was exactly the same: he therefore said I had prediabetes and when the numbers reached closer to 50% he would put me on Metforminsad He seems convinced that the numbers will rise but just says there is only dietary advice till then. "Just watch your diet" he said.  What useless advice, what are you supposed to do - just watch it go up?!! I got onto Dietdoctor and read all about low carbing there and just hope that when I have my next blood test it will have lowered.  
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      Jane that's what scares me , I'm not overweight eat a healthy diet, so what do go UNDERWEIGHT? Lose a couple of inches off your waistline she says I think I'd feel better if I was obese and ate an unhealthy diet 
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      I assume you've been told you have prediabetes Lovelane? What is your A1c? Prediabetes is supposed to be a sort of early warning sign I think  before you develop full blown type 2, and give you a chance to sort yourself out and reduce the risk. Unfortunately they only refer you to 'dietary advice' and the advice the NHS gives via the Eatwell Plate is frankly appalling!  All that bread,rice and pasta does blood sugar levels no good at all.I wasn't overweight a year ago yet decided to lose weight initially for hypertension and also arthritis and that should have helped the prediabetes but didn't alter the A1c. Dropped my BMI from 24 down to 18.5. Dr says you don't have to be fat to develop type  2, there are other factors - such as??   
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      I do t have any numbers, I think I was in shock as I think o have a good diet, I'm not overweight.    The only thing is I don't excessive enough but I'm chamging that it frightens me no matter what I do I'll still develop full blown type 2         
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      I am relatively slim but that made no differnce.

      The name of the game now with the medical profession is to blame the patient if his body is not working to perfection. Not everyone is an abuser.

      "The pancreas is an organ located in the abdomen. It plays an essential role in converting the food we eat into fuel for the body's cells. The pancreas has two main functions: an exocrine function that helps in digestion and an endocrine function that regulates blood sugar.

      Endocrine Function: The endocrine component of the pancreas consists of islet cells that create and release important hormones directly into the bloodstream. Two of the main pancreatic hormones are insulin, which acts to lower blood sugar, and glucagon, which acts to raise blood sugar. Maintaining proper blood sugar levels is crucial to the functioning of key organs including the brain, liver, and kidneys"

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      The more I learn the more I realise how amazing the human body is. And what a lot I have learnt from this and other sites. Not sure what an exocrine function is but the endocrine function is certainly relevant. Very interesting. One thing not mentioned of course is age, weight and waist size seem to be what the medics look for as risk factors and life style of course. Type 2 used to be virtually exclusive to the older people, certainly my grandmother had it when she was in her 80s, maybe late 70s. She wasn't overweight and the word 'obese' was never heard back in the 1950's. She did have arthritis though and couldn't walk much hence my determination to walk regularly to combat that, i had hoped to anyway but it seems I'm on my way down the slippery T" path! Hey ho!
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      When you mention 'shock' have you only just been told you have pre diabetes? Do you exercise at all, are you able to?  i have always been a very keen and active gardener but that wasn't enough to prevent hypertension and a pre diabetes diagnosis so I took up walking - even bought a dog, a Lab that needs loads of exercise. That hasn't helped either! The hypertension is controlled but only with medication and I've no idea how my A1c is doing.  Seems you just have to watch and wait.
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