December 20, 2000
Question from Richmond, Virginia, USA:
My 21 year old friend has type 2 diabetes. Could taking a sugar coated tablet for other reasons affect her diabetes?
No, the sugar coating on a tablet does not amount to enough calories to make any difference in blood glucose. Some medications in large doses may change the effect of some oral diabetes medicines, but most likely, if she is taking a medication for a cold or other illness, the illness itself can cause an increase in blood glucose. Your friend can determine how these events are affecting her diabetes with more frequent blood glucose monitoring.