Diabetes Signs

Is pre-diabetes the same thing as metabolic syndrome or syndrome X?
Pre-diabetes shares a number of factors with metabolic syndrome and syndrome x, and if unchecked can lead to type 2 diabetes.When it comes to the OGTT test, a person’s blood glucose is measured after a fast and 2 hours after a drink rich in glucose. Normal levels are under 140 mg/dl 2 hours after the drink. 140 to 199 mg/dl 2 hours after the drink means that the person being tested has pre-diabetes.

Question: What is pre-diabetes?
Answer: Pre-diabetes is the same as impaired glucose tolerance or impaired fasting glucose, depending on which test your doctor used to diagnose the disease. Many people with pre-diabetes go on to develop type 2 diabetes. If your doctor diagnoses you with pre-diabetes, you are in a good position. This means you have the opportunity to use weight loss from diet and exercise to prevent developing diabetes. For more information, click here. (People with blood glucose levels that are higher than normal but not yet in the diabetic range have “pre-diabetes.” Doctors sometimes call this condition impaired fasting glucose (IFG) or impaired glucose tolerance (IGT), depending on the test used to diagnose it. Insulin resistance and pre-diabetes usually have no symptoms. You may have one or both conditions for several years without noticing anything.

Why is it essential to be diagnosed if I think I might have pre-diabetes?
It could be possible to prevent the development of type 2 diabetes if you find out about your pre-diabetes early enough. Research indicates that people who have pre-diabetes can delay or prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes by almost 60 per cent with adjustments to diet and exercise. Reducing weight by ten per cent, and partaking in modest physical activity for 30 minutes daily, could reduce the chance of developing type 2 diabetes.Pre-diabetes occurs when blood glucose levels exceed normal levels but do not climb high enough to warrant a diagnosis of diabetes.

What is the treatment for pre-diabetes?
Answer: Pre-diabetes is a condition where blood glucose levels are higher than normal but are not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes. People with pre-diabetes are at increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes and for heart disease and stroke. If you have pre-diabetes, you can reduce your risk of getting diabetes. With modest weight loss and moderate physical activity, you can delay or prevent type 2 diabetes and even return to normal glucose levels.Normal fasting blood glucose is below 100 mg/dl.

Who should be tested for pre-diabetes?
Some people will be face an increased likelihood of having pre-diabetes. For instance, if you are overweight and aged 45 or older. Other risk factors can include high blood pressure, low HDL cholesterol, a family history of diabetes or gestational diabetes. Some ethnic groups are at a higher risk of diabetes.To treat pre-diabetes, it is necessary to lose a modest amount of weight (approximately 5-10 per cent of total body weight.) This can be achieved through diet and modest exercise. Any weight loss can make a huge difference.

How does the FPG test define diabetes and pre-diabetes?
Normal fasting blood glucose is below 100 mg/dl. A person with pre-diabetes has a fasting blood glucose level between 100 and 125 mg/dl. If the blood glucose level rises to 126 mg/dl or above, a person has diabetes.A normal fasting blood glucose level is below 100 mg/dl – between 100 and 125 mg/dl a person has pre-diabetes.

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i have been wanting to post about two strange events from 18-19 aug but i wasn´t sure what to say, didn´t have an appropriate photo scanned and had bad internet access. i still don´t know what to say, but at least i´m back with my speedy…

the first thing happened on the evening of 18 aug, when i checked my audioscrobbler account and discovered a familiar screen name among my neighbors. X was briefly my best friend, a friendship which ended after we became lovers.

this was only slightly interesting, however, until i figured out that X had "discovered" me among zir neighbors on 27 may and had written about it on a livejournal account. X had anonymously been through my flickr, feeling like a voyeur and trying to piece together my life over the last six years. i left an anonymous, one-line comment saying that i thought it was strange, too.

X was possibly the best friend i ever had, a friend with whom i shared hours of music and neruda. X was a romantic who knew nothing about flowers; i spent the april in which we fell in love trying to teach X the difference between pansies, petunias and impatiens. Petunias seemed to be easy but X persisted in confusing pansies with impatiens. X was a poet; maybe the words were just wrong–easy enough to remember the difference between amor-perfeito and maria sem-vergonha…

if ever anyone could have been my media naranja, it would have been X and yet there are so many reasons why our love could not last, why it was not amor perfeito.

looking through X´s playlist, i see my influence all over. we knew eachother barely over a year in late 1998-99 and yet i could see so many names that X didn´t even know before meeting me. what saddened me was how little X appeared in my playlist. i wondered what was wrong with me that i hadn´t left our relationship with any of the best part.

then again, i found myself listening to the titãs on thursday and there was "farewell y los sollosos" (ya no se no encantarán mis ojos en tus ojos), embedded in the lyrics of "Go Back", and i remembered reading "abeja blanca zumbas" (my favorite neruda poem) with X…

perhaps 12 hours after my virtual encounter with X something much more rattling happened, something that virtually erased the other event from my mind. i received a very strange call from someone looking for my mother (i was at her house). my mother, i explained, was away for a few days; the discombobulated caller asked if there was a number where she could be reached.

i later discovered that the caller was one of my mother´s old best friends from the city where i grew up; she was calling to talk because the son of a friend–and the older brother of my childhood best friend–had been found dead in his apartment. dead at 33 from diabetes but only after suffering two hellish years of schizophrenia. his father stopped by to check on him and found the coroner there–after a couple of days, the body had begun to smell and someone had called the police.

i don´t really have anything to say about that except that it is sad, that i am sad, that i feel so bad for everyone involved: for a very small community that is clearly lost and shaken; for the family; for my friend whose first child, a daughter, was born only two weeks earlier; for the parents who had been mostly estranged from their son and have now lost him forever.

Se lembra quando a gente chegou um dia a acreditar
Que tudo era pra sempre, sem saber que o pra sempre sempre acaba
-Renato Russo

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