Diabetes

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Posted by: Ina Cronje | 2012/04/20

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Possibility of diabetes

i am female, 63 years old and currently receiving chronic medication for hypertension, cholestrol and HRT. At a recent function a medical sister did the thumb prick tests on guests to establish whether there was a problem with high blood sugar. My reading was 11 and she cautioned me to consult my doctor. The doctor had blood tests done and told me telephonically that the sugar is quite high but that he is not very worried as he thinks it can be remedied with a carb and sugar free diet. I have been on the diet for 4 weeks now and want to know whether it is necessary for further tests or must I just continue on the diet. I must admit that prior to all this i did overly indulge in sweet things especially fruit. Could this be the reason for the high sugar and could it be temporary? Your reply and advice will be greatly appreciated. I am overweight and have lost 4 kg so far since being on the diet. Thank you - ina Cronje

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Diabetes expert

Dear Inja
The initial level of you glucose suggests that you were quite close to the diabetic cut-off, and I am unsure as to what your second formal level was. Certainly if you are in the prediabetic range, you can decrease your chances of progressing to diabetes by following a normal low GI carb diet, with low fat and high fiber content. This coupled with exercise and weight loss will also help. Currently there is no evidence that a low carb diet is better than a normal carb diet, so you could use either. In answer to your other question, diabetes is driven by excess weight, and sweet things increase you risk by increasing your weight. I think you have done well with the weight loss, and would encourage you further, but do suggest doing a follow up test.

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Posted by: Diabetes Expert | 2012/04/25

Dear Inja
The initial level of you glucose suggests that you were quite close to the diabetic cut-off, and I am unsure as to what your second formal level was. Certainly if you are in the prediabetic range, you can decrease your chances of progressing to diabetes by following a normal low GI carb diet, with low fat and high fiber content. This coupled with exercise and weight loss will also help. Currently there is no evidence that a low carb diet is better than a normal carb diet, so you could use either. In answer to your other question, diabetes is driven by excess weight, and sweet things increase you risk by increasing your weight. I think you have done well with the weight loss, and would encourage you further, but do suggest doing a follow up test.

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