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[Science of Diabetes] One of the most common questions asked by people with diabetes is: “What are normal blood sugar levels?” Unfortunately, there’s no simple answer to this question, because it depends on how you define normal. It’s like deciding when someone is rich or poor, tall or short, thin or fat, or young or old. Most people would agree that a very skinny person was thin and a very fat person was fat. But how about the sizes in between? When does underweight become normal and when does normal become overweight? It’s all a matter of definitions and cutoff points set by one group or another. The definitions of normal, prediabetes, and diabetes are usually made by august committees of diabetes experts, and they change from time to time. For example, not too long ago, it was decided that you’re diabetic if your fasting BG level is 126 mg/dL [to convert to mMol/L, divide by 18] or higher, instead of the previous cutoff of 140. There are some guidelines about ...
I am taking Chloroquine prescribed for my EOA. I noticed my blood glucose leves are back to normal, which is a good thing. My father is diabetic and I am "prediabetic"...........or I used to be.
I did some research on Chlorquine and discovered several studies stating that this anti-malarial medcine lowers blood glucose levels significantly. That would mean that someone who has low blood sugar on a regular basis would have to be monitored closely while taking Chloroquine. For someone like myself, who is trying to hold off diabetes, this side effect is a welcome one. My fasting blood sugar this morning was 90 (normal is 80 to 100). It has been several years since my fasting blood sugar was in the normal range. Woo Hoo!
One study went so far as to question the link between insulin resistance and other autoimmune disorders. They think there may be one...but that was just one study I found on the web.
Just wanted t...
Because managing diabetes is a balancing act between insulin, food and exercise, there are many reasons someone’s numbers will go to either extreme. Our attitude is to treat it almost like a science question at school: we form a “hypothesis” of sorts and then set about proving it true or not. “Maybe you’re high because you just made cookies,” I’ll say. Annie will reply, “But Mom, I didn’t eat any of the dough!” “Did you wash your hands before you checked your blood? Maybe there’s sugar on your fingers.” Sure enough, she’ll wash her hands and try again, 75 points lower than the first time.
One thing our doctors taught us when she was first diagnosed was NOT to assign “good” and “bad” attitudes toward specific numbers. For example, we never say, “You’re 275? That’s awful! What on earth have you been eating?!” We try to be non-plussed by numbers in the normal range -- as if that’s the way they’re supposed to be, so what’s the big deal? “You’re 105. That means we don’t have ...
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