A blood glucose test measures the amount of a sugar, called glucose, in a sample of your blood.
Glucose is a major source of energy for most cells of the body, including those in the brain. The carbohydrates you eat eventually end up as glucose in the blood.
Glucose test - CSF
Glucose test - urine
Glucose tolerance test
Home blood glucose monitoring
Random blood sugar; Blood sugar level; Fasting blood sugar
How the test is performed
Blood is typically drawn from a vein, usually from the inside of the elbow or the back of the hand. The site is cleaned with germ-killing medicine (antiseptic). The health care provider wraps an elastic band around the upper arm to apply pressure to the area and make the vein swell with blood.
Next, the health care provider gently inserts a needle into the vein. The blood collects into an airtight vial or tu...
The first thing I did after reading the new study that caffeine can increase our blood glucose level was to switch to drinking green tea. The second thing I did was to switch again -- this time to decaffeinated green tea. I overreacted. Several years ago I had switched from coffee to Darjeeling tea, which has about half the caffeine per cup. While green tea has even less, I don’t like it much and only drink it rarely. I disliked the decaffeinated green tea so much that I threw out the package after taking the first sip. Now, I’m almost entirely back to Darjeeling tea. People call it a black tea, although it is light-colored and is technically more oolong than black and is therefore lower in caffeine than true black teas. While I control my blood glucose level, I’m not a purist. I have to enjoy everything that I eat or drink. While my diet includes no starch, sugar (no sucrose or high-fructose corn syrup), salt, or alcohol, except occassionally when I eat out, I don&rsqu...
Ok, so in my last post I mentioned that Dr. Kristina Rother of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) was conducting a clinical research trial to investigate the effects of artificial sweeteners in diet soda.
I volunteered for this study because the researchers were looking for participants ages 12-25, with either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes , as well as non-diabetics. I am getting paid for visiting the NIH twice - the first day was on June 27th and the second day was July 9th. Both days involved a few hours in a nice, comfy room where I drank some diet soda or mineral water and then had my blood drawn. The first day, I just drank mineral water, as a "control," to see how my body would react to something that was not artificially sweetened. Then on my second visit I had the diet soda.
There has been a lot in the news lately about the correlation between obesity and diet sodas. Some clinical studies have already shown that people who drink diet soda are more likely to be ob...
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