So it's not going to be all bad. It's also probably not the best thing that ever happened to me, although I'd rather know and monitor than not know and be surprised with full-blown diabetes.
Oh, and Michal asked about type II diabetes being mostly lifestyle. I don't think you can pin any illness to 100% lifestyle. As a healthcare professional that sets my nerves on edge as I don't think you can ever be so certain that you are blaming someone for causing their own disease when that guilt is not likely to help someone manage the illness. The other issue with saying it is 100% lifestyle is that sometimes people without risk factors get it. I see that sometimes; I'm thinking of one woman who walked down and up the mountain side that is her driveway every day for 35 years, was underweight if anything, and was in her 90s. No clue how long she had been diabetic but I seriously doubt it was her "lifestyle". I mostly know that my family has a nasty habit of dying from diabetic complications and that my doctors watch me closely. Here's what WebMD says:
In addition it is known that there is a connection between atypical antipsychotics (the typically used kind now; whoever named them atypical was not thinking of the future) and diabetes. Some of this is weight gain. Some isn't. So they monitor anyone on an atypical carefully. (This is another reason lifestyle doesn't work. I mean, sure taking that med is sort of a choice, but mostly it isn't. This is why I know that this 2 time result is abnormal for me; I typically am in the low 80s. I don't gain much if anything on Seroquel/with adjustments to it. My medication weight is from lithium and from meds I don't take anymore, mostly Depakote. Seroquel actually helped me to lose weight the last time because it let me come off Depakote and kept me mentally healthy enough to manage the diet. It appears the diet is now not optional. That will inevitably be hard at times because managing a diet and mood swings both may not be simple.Anyone can get type 2 diabetes. However, those at highest risk for the disease are those who are obese or overweight, women who have had gestational diabetes, people with family members who have type 2 diabetes and people who have metabolic syndrome (a cluster of problems that include high cholesterol, high triglycerides, low good 'HDL' cholesterol and a high bad 'LDL' cholesterol, and high blood pressure). In addition, older people are more susceptible to developing the disease since aging makes the body less tolerant of sugars.
In addition, people who smoke, have inactive lifestyles, or have certain dietary patterns have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Hopefully things improve with weight loss and I don't ever have to think about diabetes again. Not likely but I'll dream.