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What is a glucose tolerance test?

What is a glucose tolerance test?

A check for diabetes: The GTT is a way for us to see who is at highest risk of diabetes. It is recommended that everyone be screened during their pregnancy, usually around 24-28 weeks. We will give you a bottle of a very sugary drink. You have five minutes to drink it all! Then a hour later we do a blood test to see how you metabolized the sugar. If you are high risk you may need further testing or treatment. ...Read more

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Tolerance (Definition)

When one takes a drug, such as heroin or alcohol, repeatedly, 'tolerance' develops because more of the drug is needed to give the same effect on the body/brain; e.g. Liver enzymes r stimulated to metabolize the drug faster and faster. There may be a strong genetic predisposition to addiction, some studies suggesting that 1 of 10 people will become dependent on alcohol or some ...Read more


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Do I need a glucose tolerance test?

Do I need a glucose tolerance test?

Yes: You actually need a glucose challenge test (gct) in pregnancy, which is a 1 hour screening test for gestational diabetes. If your screening test is abnormal then you need the glucose tolerance test (gtt), which is typically a 3 hour test. It is very important that all women are screened for gestational diabetes in their pregnancies. ...Read more

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How do I do a glucose tolerance test?

How do I do a glucose tolerance test?

GTT at home: Glucose tolerance testing is done less frequently now a days. You can do your own home version geta home glucose testing kit. Do the 1st blood glucose after an overnight fast, have a very hearty breakfast and do a bl glucose 1 hour and 2 hrs after the breakfast. Your fasting bl glucose should be below 200 if above 200 you do not need to do the test, you have diabetes and the result will not cha. ...Read more

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I got a glucose tolerance test, now what?

I got a glucose tolerance test, now what?

Screen for diabetes: A normal test can help you feel better that you don't have diabetes. An abnormal test can fall into two buckets - either borderline or frankly diabetic. The cutoffs for "abnormal" are different depending on why you had the test. This is a good thing to speak to the ordering physician about. ...Read more

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What can the do in a glucose tolerance test?

What can the do in a glucose tolerance test?

Drink glucose soluti: You drink a glucose solution and then have blood samples taken at various intervals to be analyzed for glucose level. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about glucose tolerance test, now what?

Can you tell me about glucose tolerance test, now what?

Test: Hi. The most standardized test for diabetes, the Oral Glucose Tolerance Test generates data for fasting and a "postprandial" in response to a standard caloric challenge (75 grams of glucose) measured 2 hr after the glucose. Based on criteria for the fasting and 2 hour post-challenge glucoses, you are either normal, diabetic, or the gray zone in between, pre diabetes. Eat healthy diet & exercise! ...Read more

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Do they prick your skin or withdraw for 3 hr glucose tolerance test?

Do they prick your skin or withdraw for 3 hr glucose tolerance test?

Blood draw: Finger stick glucoses aren't accurate enough for the test. ...Read more

Blood Sugar (Definition)

The blood sugar concentration or blood glucose level is the amount of glucose (sugar) present in the blood of a human or animal. The body naturally tightly regulates blood glucose levels as a part of metabolic homeostasis. Glucose is the primary source of energy for the body's cells, and blood lipids (in the form of fats and oils) are primarily ...Read more


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Glucose (Definition)

Glucose is the basic sugar molecule and the source of energy throughout the living kingdom. We are programmed to easily detect it by taste in our foods as it is desirable but can be overdone with the modern diet. It gets out of control ...Read more