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Tue Dec 11 10:32:41 UTC 2012

On the mornings I apply cocoa butter to my stomach, knees and elbows, my blood sugar spikes to 200 or so. It's never that high. Are the two linked?
Asked By: trblesm  

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Recently diagnosed with prediabetes. Exercise daily since diagnosed. Usually keep my blood sugar between 90 and 130. It is still dropping slowly. I never see numbers around 200 until I use cocoa butter on my body to help with stretch marks and skin elasticity since I'm losing weight now. I clean my fingers w/ alcohol wipes thoroughly before testing. I am a caucasion male, 33 y/o.
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2013-11-25 20:58:26.0


Thanks for asking dLife.

Although I am not familiar with the impact of cocoa butter on blood glucose readings, my male patients experienced similar responses with after-shave lotion. They did not notice that they touched their face and proceed to do a finger stick. They often get very high blood glucose readings afterwards.

Any time a usually high or low reading occurs, repeat the finger stick. Go through the proper procedures. Start with washing hands thoroughly with warm water and soap. They are surprised that a light touch on the face would make such a difference in blood glucose readings.

Sometimes alcohol swipes do not thoroughly clean the skin surface. Or, you might have accidentally touched an area of your skin or clothing with the cocoa butter.

Make it a routine to wash with warm water and mild soap, along with having a clean surface ready, immediately before doing a finger stick.

Read about blood glucose testing and making sure your blood glucose readings are accurate.

Take care.

Answered By: Liz Quintana
Accreditations: EdD, RD, LD, CDE
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