DIABETES AND BLOOD SUGAR
Question: I’m a 42-year-old man, and my fasting blood sugar level is about 115-125 mg/dl. I have no family history of diabetes, am not overweight, and have had normal results on glucose-tolerance tests. But I’m afraid I may develop diabetes if my blood-sugar level stays high. How can I lower it?
Answer: Other than stopping any medications (such as corti-costeroids or thiazide diuretics) that might be boosting your blood sugar, there’s really no way to lower your sugar level.
The American Diabetes Association has lowered the threshold for diagnosing diabetes to a fasting blood-sugar level of 126 mg/dl; a normal levels can range up to 110 mg/dl. So your fasting blood-sugar levels would be considered borderline and a sign of glucose intolerance. Aside from keeping your weight under control and getting regular exercise, the most important thing you should do is to continue to get tested for the disease annually.
DIABETES DRUGS RISKY?
Question: My doctor insists that I take DiaBeta twice a day. But I have read that oral antidiabetic medications boost the risk of heart disease. What should I do?
Answer: Take the medication. That old warning was based on a single, seriously flawed study conducted many years ago. Untreated, diabetes results in persistently elevated blood-sugar levels, which can damage the eyes, heart, kidneys, and nerves. Those complications pose a much graver danger than any possible harm from the medication itself.
ASPIRIN AND DIABETICS
Question: Is it true that aspirin can lower blood-sugar levels in diabetics?
Answer: Yes, but only with prolonged use and in large amounts (eight or more 325-milligram tablets a day). That reduction in blood-sugar levels can magnify the sugar-lowering effects of insulin and oral antidiabetic drugs. While such use of aspirin is generally safe for people with diabetes, they must be monitored closely by a physician.
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