I have been losing weight, but my blood sugar is very high according to my monitor. So, should I see my doctor or try a new monitor?

Dr. David Erani


It may be that you are losing weight because your blood glucose is very high. Severe hyperglycemia is often accompanied by weight loss as glucose is lost in the urine. While this is a way to lose weight, it is also a way to increase your risk of complications of diabetes over time. Overall, not a good deal. You suggest that maybe the high readings are wrong. This is possible. Do you have other symptoms of hyperglycemia such as excessive thirst, excessive urination, waking up at night to urinate? Have you had your A1C checked recently? A high value would be consistent with high blood glucose readings. It is a good idea to check your meter. One way is to use the control solutions that came with the meter. You can also bring it to your doctor’s office and check yours against the office meter . You can’t expect the results to be exactly the same, but they should not be too far apart. Any time you are getting readings that concern you, it is a good idea to see your doctor.

January 21, 2013 at 3:47 am