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Author: cosmos284 Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 201  
Subject: Re: Wake Up Call Date: 2/5/2010 12:52 PM
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I finally got the results of my blood test. I had an A1c level of 5.8. The doctor wrote that the result was normal which put me as pre-diabetic. Whatever she meant, she used a poor selection of words because it doesn't really make sense to me.

My interpretation, right or wrong, is that I may have a normal test now, but I still have to make some changes such as losing more weight and exercising more or I'm still at risk. And that's the plan.

I bombarded the doctor with questions and she looked like a deer in headlights. She couldn't answer any dietary questions so she gave me a referral to a dietician specializing in diabetes. Except when I called to make the appointment I found out it was really a referral to a pre-diabetes class. I ended up having to make several more phone calls to find out times, locations, etc. and ended up talking to one of the nurses that teaches the class. She was very talkative, and I told her I was highly motivated to make changes and she said that everyone that attends the class is motivated. I mentioned I'd already lost about 10 lbs and she said that was probably enough. Seriously? There's no way I'm stopping now! I need to make some longer term changes and that includes losing a significant amount of weight.

My co-worker's husband has Type I and as a result she knows quite a bit about carb counting and doctors. She said PCP don't know much beyond an initial diagnosis and not to expect a lot of info. That helped me a lot.

Now I'm looking forward to the class next week.

Cosmos
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