Ask the Diabetes Educator Archive

3/31/03

Q:
I recently went in for a glucose check and it was 132 by the finger prick and 140 via blood drawn from my arm. Once I found that out, I cut out sodas, which I drank everyday, and began drinking a 1/2 gallon of water a day. I also cut back on sugary foods and carbohydrates. After 6 days, I purchased a finger prick meter for home use and tested myself. It showed my glucose was 95. Is this possible? Or is it a fluke? I felt very motivated and intend to check again after 14 days.

A:
Of course it is possible. This is usually the first line of defense for diabetes control: lifestyle change. Changing your eating habits and food choices is at the top of the list. What you have already done is the best starting point, and you see the results. Now work on adding in the foods that are nutrient dense: the top of this list includes legumes and veggies. Stay as active as you possibly can, especially if you have excess body fat. You are in a good position to never have this disease progress into the area of complications.



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