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Diabetes Care. 1980 Jan-Feb;3(1):178-83.

Discrepancies between glycosuria and home estimates of blood glucose in insulin-treated diabetes mellitus.


Glycosuria can be a misleading indicator of blood or plasma glucose levels. Thus glycosuria may be present when blood glucose levels are within the normal fasting or postprandial range, and it may be absent when the blood glucose is distinctly above normal. In such patients the blood glucose must be measured, preferably by the patient, as a guide to insulin and other therapy. However, urine glucose tests are valid indicators in a minority of patients and are essential in all patients for the detection of acetone.

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