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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    How can I tell if I am prediabetic?

    I am overweight and both my parents have Type 2 diabetes. I do try to monitor what I eat but are there any early warning signs that help indicate if I am prediabetic?
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    Dung Pham


    Dung is an Accredited Practising Dietitian who currently works in Community Health and Private Practice as a HACC/CH dietitian and Health Coach. She has also … View Profile

    This is largely determined by blood tests.  If you have fasting glucose levels of between 5.5-6.9mmol/L then we consider this impaired fasting glucose ( also known as pre-diabetes). Usually following this we encourge people to take an oral glucose tolerance test ( OGTT)  that is drinking a sugar solution. if your glucose reading are between 7.8-11.1mmol/L we also consider this Imparied glucose tolerance ( can also be referred to as pre diabetes)

    if following these tests you do have pre diabetes i would recommend you attend the Life-diabetes prevention group managed by Diabetes Australia. Otherwise you can contact a Dietitian or Diabetes Educator for further information and support.

  • Claire Kerslake

    Credentialled Diabetes Educator (CDE), Diabetes Educator

    Claire Kerslake is a Credentialed Diabetes Educator, Registered Nurse and Health Coach based in Deniliquin in country New South Wales. Claire is the founder of … View Profile

    It is great that you are aware of your risk of developing prediabetes or type 2 diabetes. As Dung as explained a blood test ordered by your doctor is the best way to check whether you have prediabetes or not. It is likely that you won't have any symptoms.

    The good news is that by making some simple changes such as following a healthy diet to slowly & gradually lose some weight and starting to exercise regularly can help to prevent diabetes.  Think about some small changes that you can make today and it would be a good idea also to see a health coach who can help you with making those heathy changes.

    All the very best

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