Ah, how times change. Just a few years ago, chocolate was undoubtedly in the junk food category, yet a flurry of recent research has confirmed its benefits to cardiovascular health. The latest is a study from Sweden published last month (1) that showed that higher chocolate consumption cut men’s stroke risk by 17%.
A study about organic food published this month in the Annals of Internal Medicine (1) made big headlines, mostly along the lines of “organic food is no better for you than conventionally grown food.” As usual, the headlines tend to gloss over the details of the research that was conducted. Several points are worth noting,
Answer: When it’s at the upper end of the normal range.
A fasting blood glucose (FBG) test is one of the most common labs I order. The normal range for FBG is 60-99 mg/dl. If this reading of blood sugar is much too high (greater than 126 mg/dl) on two separate tests, that is the definition of diabetes.