Beware scented lotions

tip_121.Blood_GlucoseMany hand lotions have added sugars, such as glycerin, a sugar alcohol. The natural ingredients that give us those delightful fruity or coconut smells also contain sugar. Any of these can result in a false high reading. For the most accurate result, make sure your hands are clean before testing.

Reviewed by Francine Kaufman, MD. 4/08

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