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Four months ago my blood glucose level was 116. I cut back on carbs, sugar, and chose whole grain wheat and oats. I exercise 4-5 days weekly. I’m a very fit person. My fasting glucose is now 117. What did I do wrong? Recently I took a three-week course of amoxicillin for an infection in my gums.

You didn’t do anything wrong. Your blood glucose is testing in the pre-diabetic range (100-125 mg/dl). Yes, an illness or infection can cause higher blood glucose readings temporarily. Continue with eating nutritiously and exercise to help maintain an ideal weight, since that benefits blood glucose levels. Diabetes is a progressive disease and tends to run in families.

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