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Diabetes Update: The UKPDS

Number 32; March 4, 2002

By David Mendosa

This newsletter keeps you up-to-date with new articles, columns, and Web pages that I have written. I list and link most of these on my Diabetes Directory at

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on March 4, 2002
A chiropractor who had just been diagnosed with diabetes wrote to ask if he can prevent the complications of diabetes with exercise and weight loss to control his blood glucose. In fact, there's probably no more important question for us with diabetes. For people with type 2 diabetes a research project called the United Kingdom Prospective Diabetes Study provides the best answers we have. My current "About the Internet" column for the American Diabetes Association's Web site reviews the UKPDS. The URL is


on March 1, 2002
Sof-Tact Meter
My article about the lag time for alternative site meters reported by two German scientists was disturbing for those of us who much prefer to test our blood glucose on our arm or leg. I much prefer the MediSense Sof-Tact meter. "Lag Time in AlternativeLand" on my site at has been widely reproduced at Children with Diabetes, Diabetes123, Diabetes Monitor, and The JDA Connection, the official publication of the Jewish Diabetes Association.

Now, a new study reported in Diabetes Care concludes that the Sof-Tact meter demonstrated "no significant glucose difference...between the capillary beds of the forearm and fingertip." The abstract of the study, "Whole-Blood Glucose Testing at Alternate Sites," by J. Paul Lock, M.D., of the Department of Medicine, University of Massachusetts/Memorial Hospital, Worcester, Massachusetts, et al., is on-line at


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