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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...
A while back, I received a question about someone with diabetes who had blood glucose levels that were bouncing all over, from the 60s to the 500s. It seems that he/she was not receiving any basal insulin, and is getting insulin based only on blood glucose levels: * 70-150 -no insulin * 160-250- 4 units * 280-350 - 8 units, etc * above 450, call the doctor. That ensures two things: if the blood sugar is normal, and no insulin given, the next reading will be high. And that the doctor will be called (and probably be unavailable to help!) exactly when the doctor's orders have caused the greatest possible screw-up and put the person at unnecessary risk. Why do physicians use sliding scales? Because that's what we were taught in medical schools and residency training. When I was first in practice, the sliding scales were based, believe it or not, on urine sugar output (if the urine has trace to 1+ sugar, give...). But the concept was never studied in a systematic way as ...
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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