Ask the Diabetes Educator Archive

3/15/04

Q:
I recently was diagnosed with Hyperglycemia. I have been told it can turn in to Diabetes. Exactly how can that happen?

A:
The current number for diabetes is a fasting blood sugar of 126 repeated two times. Pre-diabetes is now designated at 100 for a fasting blood sugar. Hyperglycemia, or elevated blood sugars in this range of 100-126 is a "red flag" to examine life style changes to bring your blood sugars closer to a fasting of 80, an average "normal" fasting blood sugar. Good old fashion healthy eating and being very active is a great place to start, as sedentary lifestyles and refined, processed foods are often the first triggers to set off those diabetes-prone genes.



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