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November 14, 2001

Gender: Male Ethnicity: Caucasion Height: 5ft 4in to 5ft 6in Weight: above 170 lbs Onset Age: 41-50 Age Now: 41-50 Family Diabetes: None Treatment: Diet only Medication: None Meter: Other Tests: 3-4 times/day Exercise: 3-4 times/week Diet: Other Supplements: None

My employers have a local GP (General Practitioner) come into the company and perform regular health tests on its employees. Two years ago I had no problems, at my examination in March 2001 a urine test indicated high glucose, the doctor gave me a letter to take to my own GP asking him to investigate. The subsequent blood test showed a bg (blood glucose) level of 19.0mmol/L (342mg/dl).

My wife is a nurse and had noticed me drinking large amounts of lemonade. She had already told me she suspected diabetes, but I did not believe her. My GP (and me) hope that I can keep my bg down on diet and excercise, so far this seems to be working. My bg's today have all been in single figures 8.0/8.7/8.5/9.0.

I never thought that I over ate, but, being honest, I did. I have always been fond of high-carb foods particularly bread/rice/pasta. Though I have not adopted any particular diet, I make sure that my carb intake is low and also take care not to include many fats. One of my great delights is cooking and I have been particularly careful about what I cook. Consequently, my family have all been eating healthier recently, they have noticed the difference, but have not complained, quite the opposite. If you want a good cookbook I quite like "The Everyday Diabetic Cookbook" by Stella Bowling, published in the UK by Grub Street (In USA and Canada, see Everyday Cooking for Diabetics).