Why we need to take borderline diabetes seriously

This article was written by Dr Eno from Women Living With Diabetes.

When it comes to awareness around type 2 diabetes, there is one fact that leaves me feeling somewhat discouraged. And that is the realization that healthcare providers are not doing a very good job about educating the public about borderline diabetes.

I can’t tell you how many times I have seen patients who just seem nonplussed when they tell me they were diagnosed with borderline diabetes several years ago and have not followed up for any additional tests. What’s even more scary is that they really were not told what they needed to do. So it’s no surprise when I see them several years later in a hospital setting and diagnose them with type 2 diabetes. Sometimes they may even have begun to suffer from some of the complications associated with type 2 diabetes.

According to recent statistics released by the Center for Disease Control, there are over 80 million people living with borderline diabetes in the United States. And the scary thing is that majority either do not know they have borderline diabetes or are not doing anything about it.

In this collection of articles from my blog, I share information on why it is important to take borderline diabetes seriously by addressing some frequently asked questions:

  • Here, I highlight the difference between borderline and type 2 diabetes and why it is important to know the difference.
  • A question that gets asked frequently by people who are well-informed about borderline diabetes is whether it is possible to reverse it. This article reveals how how one strategy you can implement today can help reduce your risk of progressing to type 2 diabetes.
  • I also wrote about the relationship between diabetes in pregnancy and the risk of developing type 2 diabetes later on in life.


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