Cb - You are getting some tough love here. Diabetes and pre-diabetes are likely caused by genetics rather than lifestyle. As you can see though, lifestyle can either aggravate this or help with controlling it for many individuals. My doctor says, and after living with it and doing my own Google armchair research agree, that there are probably thousands of different causes when one considers how complicated the system is.
My Grandfather had to do the urine sticks. While we comment that our tools today are imprecise, imperfect, painful, etc, they are light years beyond what was recently available to us. I believe if your BG is over 250, your body starts dumping glucose into your urine. Of course, that is not an exact figure for every person but it can be said that if you observe glucose in your urine, your BG is high enough for complications.
In my case, if it wasn't for diabetes, I don't think I literally had too much longer to live because of my combined obesity, untreated high blood pressure, poor diet, and sedentary lifestyle. Diabetes made me sit down and look at life. At 50, I finally had to concede that I am not getting younger and I better start making some choices before I no longer have the ability to choose. For example, I can choose to start walking now and possibly avert a stroke which could rob me of that choice depending upon the severity of it.
I have no idea what the next hour will bring but I made the choice to be as healthy as I can and to do so in a way that I mostly enjoy. To me, that is the irony of diabetes for me. I would not have done this otherwise.
Diabetes is a horrible affliction, especially if it is ignored or undetected, so I do write these feelings with reluctance in recognition of those that have not had the same good fortune that I have had so far.
I do hope that you never progress to being diagnosed as diabetic. It is a game changer when you look at getting health insurance, life insurance, and long term care insurance. It is classified as a disability and, if you have diabetes, you are supposed to report that to the department that regulates drivers licenses and usually have a doctor's explanation as to your condition.
Like miketurco once said about diabetics, if life hands you lemons, freeze them and throw them at those who annoy you.
One way I look at this is that my body is so special, it needs special fuel lol...
I, for one, don't particularly care for many doctors but I have come to accept that I need their help sometimes. Again, we are fortunate to live in a time where we have access to information (some accurate and some not) that allows us to discern what we are told and critically consider it.
Edited by meyery2k, 17 February 2017 - 01:38 PM.