Do I, Don’t I Have Diabetes

Some quotes from patients on whether or not they have the “D” word:

Questions from a Diabetes Practice“My doctor has told me I have pre-diabetes for the past 25 years. My A1c is 6.6% and I’ve been on Metformin twice a day”.

OK?, I think to myself. An abnormally high 3-month blood sugar average (A1c) plus she’s on 2 doses of medication – but still the “D” word won’t be admitted, only the “PD” word.

Yesterday, I had a patient that admitted that she had the “D” word but her doctor didn’t! Her A1c is 7% (non-diabetic range is under 6%), she’s on Metformin and she has been testing her blood sugar for months, or has it been years? Anyway, with this diabetes epidemic and obesity epidemic, maybe using the words with their true meanings will be more motivating to put an end to this killer. At least maybe more patients will take this devastating disease seriously.

Marci Sloane

Marci Sloane, MS, RD, LD/N, CDE, is a registered and licensed dietitian/nutritionist and certified diabetes educator. She grew up in NYC where she graduated with a degree in Nutrition and Physiology from Teachers College at Columbia University.