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What is diabetes compared to pre-diabetes? If you get diabetes, and then improve, do you then have pre-diabetes again?

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Holly Barth
General Practice
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In brief: See below

Pre-diabetes is when your fasting blood sugar levels are between 100-125.
Diabetes is when they're over 126. Once you are diagnosed with diabetes though, you'll always have it.

In brief: See below

Pre-diabetes is when your fasting blood sugar levels are between 100-125.
Diabetes is when they're over 126. Once you are diagnosed with diabetes though, you'll always have it.
Holly Barth
Holly Barth
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Dr. Richard Scofield
Internal Medicine - Diabetology
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In brief: Higher glucose value

Diabetes is diagnosed when the blood sugar is elevated above a certain level, for example a fasting blood sugar of 126 mg/dl or random sugar of 200.
It may be diagnosed when the hga1c is above 6.5. Generally the value should be confirmed by repeat testing. If so diabetes is diagnosed and you have progressed beyond pre-diabetes. If the blood sugar improves you have controlled diabetes.

In brief: Higher glucose value

Diabetes is diagnosed when the blood sugar is elevated above a certain level, for example a fasting blood sugar of 126 mg/dl or random sugar of 200.
It may be diagnosed when the hga1c is above 6.5. Generally the value should be confirmed by repeat testing. If so diabetes is diagnosed and you have progressed beyond pre-diabetes. If the blood sugar improves you have controlled diabetes.
Dr. Richard Scofield
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