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Dr. Cayce Jehaimi
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Glucose (Overview)

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 in diabetics for instance.


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What is glucose?

What is glucose?

Endo: It is a sugar your body uses for energy. ...Read more

Dr. Cayce Jehaimi
2,588 doctors shared insights

Glucose (Overview)

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 in diabetics for instance.


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What is glucose challenge?

Screening test.: During the glucose challenge test, you will have to drink a sugary liquid (the glucose) and then they'll draw your blood one hour later. This tests to see how well you process sugar. If the test is too high, it means you can't process the sugar effectively, and you might be at risk for diabetes. It's often done in pregnant woman to test for gestational diabetes. ...Read more

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How do glucose meters work?

How do glucose meters work?

By concentration.: These work by taking a sample of blood (0.3-1ul), and spread on a test strip containing chemicals that react with the glucose in the blood (glucose oxidase or glucose dehydrogenase). After about 3 seconds, the value is displayed in mg/dl or mmol/l. There are many models with many features, llike a clock and memory. ...Read more

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How is glucose broken down?

Enzymes: The first step in breaking down glucose is an enzyme called glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase. There are then a number of steps regulated by enzymes and the eventual result is carbon dioxide and water. ...Read more

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What is good glucose level?

What is good glucose level?

Normal is good: If your blood sugar is in the normal range it is "good". Normal blood sugar is <110; a better test is a1c, which should be <6%. ...Read more

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Is food composed of glucose?

Some : Glucose is the body's main source of fuel from food. Even if a main ingredient isn't glucose, the components of food ultimately end up as a potential source of glucose. The body uses proteins, carbs, and fat to make glucose when it is necessary. ...Read more

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Glucose is 115ml is it high?

Glucose is 115ml is it high?

Depends if fasting: Normal glucose is usually considered 60 or 80 - 100; however that is based on 8-12hr fast. Patients with fasting glucose >100<124 is considered hyperglycemic; while a fasting glucose 125+ is consistent with diabetes. Clinicians also utilize a HBA1C test which assesses your average glucose over a 3 mos period. A HBA1C >5.7-6.4 is consistent with prediabetes, and 6.5+ c/w diabetes. ...Read more

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What id normal glucose level?

Glucose level: Normal glucose levels are typically between 80 and 120. ...Read more

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How do glucose readings work?

How do glucose readings work?

Diabetes educator: Sounds like you need training in your diabetes. Many endocrinologists work with a certified diabetes educator (cde) who is specially trained to teach you about your diabetes and how to manage it. You should look in your area for someone like this. ...Read more

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How does the body use glucose?

How does the body use glucose?

For fuel: It is utilized by the body much as a car utilizes gasoline. The energy produced by the breakdown of glucose provides the energy needed to run all the body's cellular functions, such as contracting muscles, etc. ...Read more

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How can I lower my glucose level?

How can I lower my glucose level?

Diabetes?: Following with a diabetes team would be optimal which would include your physician, a diabetes nurse educator, and registered dietician. Lifestyle modification is a must and involves changing diet, exercise, and healthy sleep. These guidelines are well-outlined in diabetes management so following with a trained team will always be to your advantage. ...Read more

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My glucose is 245. What is normal?

My glucose is 245.  What is normal?

It depends.: A "normal sugar" is defined as 70 and 99 mg/dL. Since you have diabetes there are diff goals at diff times of the day & based on your health. For an otherwise healthy male with DM fasting BS (by the ADA) should be 80-130 & 1-2 hours after a meal 80-180 mg/dl. In the am I ideally say 80 to 110 or 120, premeal I use the same, 1 hour post meal < 180 & 2 hrs < 160 & ideally < 140. Avoiding low sugars! ...Read more

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How do these new glucose meters work?

Depends on the meter: There are all sorts of ways and machines to check blood sugar. Unfortunately they all still require blood. But they can attach to iphones, upload to the internet or even the cloud, use sites other than the fingertips at times the blood sugar is not changing rapidly. Some can check ketones as well as sugar. Some can even provide output to pumps. When in doubt ask your provider and read the manual. ...Read more

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Glucose level 157, should I be alarm?

Glucose level 157, should I be alarm?

Glucose: is this when you wake up and you are fasting. if so this is a reasonable number. however, if you are concerned that you have a lot of elevated readings go to your PCP. get a A1C level to check if you have diabetes. ...Read more

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What should a normal glucose level be?

What should a normal glucose level be?

Can be anything: Fasting from a vein should be 100 or less. Two hours or more after a meal it should be less than 130-140. A glucose above 200 at any time suggests diabetes. It is common to have glucoses as low as the mid 60's and be totally normal if you're healthy. Get a post meal or fasting with a hga1c if you're really concerned. Don't trust finger stick values. Check w/diabetes. Org for more info. ...Read more

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What do I eat before my glucose testing?

What do I eat before my glucose testing?

Glucose testing: Do not eat anything post midnight and get a test done in the morning. No tea, coffee or juice. You may drink water. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of glucose powder?

What are the benefits of glucose powder?

Glucose powder: NONE! Glucose can be found in many good foods and that is more enjoyable than powder. That said, don't take too much glucose containing foods. ...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