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Can Prediabetes Cause Tingling

I was curious if prediabetes can cause pins and needles feeling in the hands and feet rather consistently?  I can't sit down for more than 5 minutes without having my feet (and sometimes hands) feel like pins and needles.  It doesn't seem to be affected by positioning.  For the first time, I was just told I have prediabetes.  My fasting glucose was only 91, however, my doctor did the Hemoglobin AIC and my result was 6.2.   Her recommendation was for me to lose weight and exercise more and try to get the numbers down.  But, would I already have this type of consistent tingling with these numbers?   Has anyone had the same?  Thanks!
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Diabetic Neuropathy which is what causes tingling is usually caused by long periods of time spent at high blood sugar levels. It's not too likely with the numbers you list, unless you are, in fact spiking higher after your meals. It might be worth it to start checking 2 hours after some of your meals. It also helps to see how certain foods affect your blood sugar (you want to be under 140 at the 2 hour mark). If you continue to have the problem I would see your doctor because there could be another cause.
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Thanks so much for the quick answer!   I am being checked for autoimmune disease as well and I have history of cancer.   My gut was telling me it would be odd to have such consistent tingling when I have never had elevated blood sugar until now.  I have had pretty consistent blood tests because of my past cancer dx.  The guidelines you gave are helpful.  I will try the testing to see if there is a correlation with the tingling.  
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I'm not sure I explained it right. You wouldn't necessarily be getting tingling from a single instance of high blood sugar. Diabetic neuropathy is a condition you develop only after prolonged periods of time spent at high numbers. Many people don't know they are diabetic for years or ignore the symptoms. I just suggested you check after meals to see if you are having higher spikes than your A1C would suggest. There could be two reasons for this: It is an average of 3 months so you could be having much higher numbers recently that aren't affecting the average yet. Or, if you have lows on a regular basis that could also skew the average.

One more thing to confuse you even more: If you are found to have some other type of autoimmune condition, then you should do antibody testing to confirm you are, in fact Type 2 and not Type 1. People with type 1 which is an autoimmune condition frequently have other autoimmune conditions (For example I'm a type 1 and I also have a thyroid condition). Don't worry too much about this but it's just something else to think about at some point. Many type 1's adult onset are misdiagnosed as type 2 due to age.
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I did understand what you meant, but thanks for the further information.  I will keep in mind the autoimmune connect.   I suspect that I do have times when it is very high and others where it is very low.  But, the tingling would mean damage has been done if is related to the blood sugar.  Am I correct?  

My fasting glucose has been done regularly over the past three years, while monitoring other conditions and the highest reading I have ever had was my last one of 91.  It is technically in the normal range, but at the high end.  I have never had an elevated (non fasting) glucose.  These tests have been done pretty regularly because of my other health problems.  The AIC test is the one that alerted my doctor that blood sugar may be an issue for me.  I think the only way to explain away the normal numbers in the past and yet the prediabetic reading on the AIC test, is that I have major spikes that bring up the average.

What are the "normal" glucose ranges for interpreting the self testing?  Also, when is the best time to complete the testing...at the two hour mark after a meal?  What is the normal range before a meal?  

Thanks again!
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Yes, the tingling, if it is blood sugar related, means damage (or complications), but I understand it can be reversed to an extent if caught early and numbers are lowered.

Yes, two hours after the meal is the time we test. It's good to keep those numbers under 140 as studies show that the more time spent over 140 the more likely complications. Some people are stricter and aim to stay under 120 which is more like a non-diabetic. Before a meal it's good to be 70-100 though those numbers are only really important in terms of how much you will go up from the food.
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This information has helped me a lot.  Thank you for taking the time to explain it to me.  It is all new to me!  
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You're welcome. We've all been there at some point; I thought my brain would explode with all the new information!
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how about what i call hot feet,also with pain,which might be tingling,no numbness
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I was just diagnosed pre diabetes and am 320 lbs and 54 years old. I have the tingling in my upper thighs now and am on a crash diet to drop weight ASAP through healthy eating. Got wake up call and this info is helpful but also wanted to know if grape leaf extract pills help too? I heard they may since I also have what they call "leaking veins". Thx
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Have you heard of Plexus? It was originally created for diabetics. It is all natural plant based supplements that help to balance blood sugars, blood pressure, lipids, and cholesterol. We also have a product called Nerve that helps with nerve damage such as neuropathy. My husband is diabetic and has neuropathy. He is having great success with these products along with thousands of others. I'd be happy to help you if you're interested.
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