Apparently there’s a history of doctors soft-pedaling diabetes to avoid scaring people, thus ending up with people who think they have a “little bit of diabetes” when they have a dangerous disease. Also, diabetes being in some ways a behavioral disease means that medical personnel tend to be very authoritarian and assume that any relaxation of The Rules results in immediate babyish idiotic behavior by patients, followed shortly by death.
So, his short version is: your insurance company and the old battleax nurse at the hospital will say you have diabetes and treat you accordingly. If you address your weight and your diet and your lifestyle, it’s possible that your condition may be reversible and you won’t end up with lifetime diabetes, but no guarantees. Also, pay attention to what the diabetes education people say.
This should be an interesting year.