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November 19, 2001

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Question from Palm Springs, California, USA:

I am a recovering alcoholic (I have nine months of sobriety this month), and I do not have diabetes, but my last blood work showed a blood sugar level of 192 mg/dl [10.7 mmol/L]. My doctor said this is common in recovering alcoholics. Is this so? Should I be concerned?

Answer:

would be concerned enough to have a fasting blood sugar performed to determine whether or not you have type�2 diabetes.

JTL

[Editor’s comment: Congratulations on your sobriety — but remember to take one day at a time!

Even if your next blood sugar test is normal, please continue to have intermittent testing thereafter. A level of 192 mg/dl 10.7 mmol/L] is too high to be ignored.

WWQ]