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March 13, 2002

Daily Care, Type 2

Question from Nashville, Tennessee, USA:

A good friend of mine, who has had type 2 diabetes for a couple of years, has been in denial until recently. Within the last couple of months, she has tried hard to eat just the right amount of carbs, take her medication, and started swimming several days a week, but her blood sugar averages around 200 mg/dl [11.1 mmol/L] daily, and we do not understand. What else we can do to get it in the normal range?

Answer:

Unfortunately, diabetes can be as cruel as life. It does not necessarily hold that the degree of benefit achieved is equivalent to the amount of effort put forward. Your friend may have to be placed on additional medication. This is not her failing but represents a need for a change in drug therapy to treat the high sugars. Please have her discuss this with her physician as soon as possible.

JTL