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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...
Does your hemoglobin A1c level not appear to agree with the average meter readings you get at home? You're not alone.
There are numerous reasons your A1c might appear to be higher or lower than what you were expecting. The most common reason is related to the fact that your A1c reflects an average blood glucose (BG) level. You can have a lot of highs but also a lot of lows and end up with a relatively normal A1c, the same as you'd have if you kept your BG levels normal all the time.
But this isn't the only reason for variation.
The A1c depends on glycation of the hemoglobin in your red blood cells (RBCs). Glycation means adding glucose, and the higher your BGs are, the more glucose you'll add to the hemoglobin.
Anything that affects the lifetime of your RBCs, which are assumed to live 120 days, will affect the A1c. If you give blood or have some kind of internal bleeding, or if you have a hemolytic anemia, you will lose some of the older RBCs cells wit...
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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