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At risk of diabetes

Hello everyone

I went to my gp yesterday for my flu jab and after my jab the Healthcare assistant asked if i have been checked for my sugar level. I told her i get monthly blood check before my infusion. She said i should book an appointment for a health trainer because my medical records says "At risk of diabetes". I have booked my appointment for the 12th of October to see the health trainer.

I had a read of what it means to at risk of diabetes and i tick all the boxes. I am over weight and i try to loose weight but sometimes it seems that when i try to loose weight i gain more. But i will try to make little changes . Should i be worried ?

Ijeasike xxx

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I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in Sept 2015 and was pre-diabetic for almost a year before that. I was a bit lax to say the least with my diet when I was pre-diabetic. However, I've been a diet controlled diabetic since my actual diagnosis.

Try not to worry, as stress can raise blood sugar levels, amongst other things. I'd been through a very stressful period prior to diagnosis. Although sugar isn't good for anyone, especially refined sugar, it's carbohydrates that raise blood sugar levels - think pastries, chips, fast food, cakes, white bread especially etc.

There are two types of blood tests for diabetics - a fasting blood test and HbA1c. You normally have to have two fasting blood tests above a certain level to confirm diabetes. I think my Dr said if it was above 6.0 on the first one - I think mine was 7 or 8 so there was no way I would have got it below 6.0 in the space of about two weeks and before the second test.

HbA1c gives an average blood sugar level over about a 10-12 week period - so you can't hide if you've indulged for a week or so! Once diagnosed I think they prefer you to "ideally" be <48 although this is not easy for some. My last Hba1c was 44 and I was told at the flu clinic this morning that I wasn't actually diabetic! However, when the Nurse Manager checked my notes again he remarked that my levels were really good and I'd gone into pre-diabetic levels.

There's another forum / group on here that should be able to help, but also have a look on the diabetes.co.uk website and forums too, as it also explains required target levels, pre-diabetic levels and there's lots of other advice too. x

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Thanks alot xx


You're very welcome x


Hi Ijeasike,

According to The Lupus Encyclopedia, people who have SLE can also have diabetes due to their increased risk of obesity and use of steroids.

We published a blog article about diet and healthy eating which contains helpful tips and information: lupusuk.org.uk/diet-and-hea...

Also, we published a blog article on exercising with lupus which you can read here: lupusuk.org.uk/lupus-and-ex...

The Diabetes UK’s website provides information on what precautions and prevention methods you can undertake to lower the risk of the diabetes: diabetes.org.uk/ .

Please keep us updated, wishing you all the best.


Thanks for the information

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