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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 4, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 46 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, December 4, 1974 Lawrence Lamb M.D. Dear Dr. Lamb Would you please tell me what the normal blood sugar is suppos- ed to be in a woman 65 years old? When you have a blood 'sugar test which is best: Not to eat or drink from midnight or to eat and wait for several hours? What would you eat if it is best to eat before the test? Dear Reader The impor- tant thing is to have enough glucose sugar inside the cell. That is where the glucose is broken down to release energy for normal cell function. The level in the cell may not have a constant relationship to any specific level of blood glucose. So, a blood glucose test is only an approximation of what is going on inside the cell. That' is one reason why one person may do very well with a fairly low blood glucose level and another person will have trouble. Occasionally a diabetic may have a fairly high blood glucose level while the level in the cell is so low that he will be having symptoms of low blood glucose For more information about low blood sugar, write to me at P.O. Box 1551, Radio City Station, New York, N.Y. 10019, and ask for the booklet on low blood sugar. Send 50 cents to cover costs. The general guideline is that during the fasting state the blood sugar is not usually below 50. It can be lower in some individuals even though they feel fine. After eating something sweet or drinking sugar water, the level normal- ly-doesn't rise over 170. Depending upon how low the level falls, how high it gets, and how long it stays high, a doctor will use the response to help make a diagnosis of diabetes or low blood glucose (hypoglycemia) A fasting blood glucose test is commonly used to screen for either hypohglyceniia or diabetes About half of the mild diabetics will have a nor- mal fasting value usually stated to be at least below 125 (the value depends upon the type of laboratory test Many more patients with milder diabetes will have values that are too high too long after eating, or after drinking a sweet drink. For this reason many doctors take a screening blood test about two hours after the patient has eaten or drunk sweets. Some will use a starchy meal since starch is readily converted to glucose in the intestine before it is absorbed. You should rely on your doc- tor to tell you how he wants you to prepare for a test. If he wants a sample he won't want you to eat. And, if he wants one after eating or drinking something, he will usually have a particular food or drink he wants you to take that is standardized with his laboratory procedures. Unless you are a diabetic or have a known medical problem, it is a good idea to prepare for tests of blood glucose by eating normally three days before the test. Don't fast or try to lose weight those three days. Be sure you get enough bread, potatoes, starch or sweets. If you don't your test may not be accurate because of lack of car- bohydrates in your diet. If you are a diabetic be sure and get your doctor's instructions before any testing. Pun with figures By J. A. H. HUNTER We have 1134 for the game today Two 1's, one 3, and one 4. Using all four each time, but no other digits at all, you form expressions for the successive numbers from one up. Any arithmetical signs may be used, but 'no summation or factorial symbols. Don't forget decimals, regular and repeater, also powers and roots (no extra For example, is a solution for 28. The limit without a break in continuity seems to be 105 I shall be glad to check solutions, and will send hints to help in future games if re- quested. Yesterday's answer: HOSS was 1577. WON SKATING TITLE Despite suffering a serious shrapnel wound in the leg in the First World War, Charles Gorman of Saint John, N.B., won the world speedskating championship in 1926. Goren on Bridge BY CHARLES H. GOREN AND OMAR SHARIF Both vulnerable. South deals, NORTH 4 K108 J865 8 AK542 WEST EAST J7652 4-Q943 VA V432 4QJ1098 SOUTH A VKQ1097 AKQJ5 463 The bidding: South West North East 1 Pass 3 Pass 3 Pass 4 Pass 4 NT Pass 5 Pass Pass Pass Pass Opening lead: Queen of We have referred before to Murphy's Law, which states: "If anything can go wrong, it will." Apparently South, declarer at a contract of six hearts, had never heard of this law, for he play- ed the hand as if he didn't have a care in the world. The result was that a good bid- ding sequence went down the drain. Although six no trump would have been proof against any distribution, North-South bid well to reach their heart slam. Once North jump raised South's suit, South was alive to the possibilities, of slarn. How- ever, he realized that it would be reckless to launch into Blackwood, for North might easily have a hand with sufficient values for a jump raise that did not in- clude either first- or second- round control of clubs. Thus, South's first move was to cue bid spades. When his partner responded with .1 cue bid in clubs, South checked on aces, found one missing and contracted for a small slam. West led the queen ot clubs, and declarer was de- lighted with dummy. It seemed that the only loser would be the ace of trumps, so without further ado he won the king of clubs in dum- my and led a trump to the king and ace. West continu- ed with the jack of clubs, and East ruffed dummy's ace for a one-trick set. South was unlucky to run into a 5-1 club split, but he should have taken steps to guard against that possi- bility. By utilizing dummy's king ol spades, declarer could have prevented the club ruff. Correct technique is to cross to the ace ot spades at trick two, cash the ace of diamonds and ruff a diamond in dummy. Now, dummy's king of spados is cashed for