DIY glucose tolerance test

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DIY glucose tolerance test

Postby celandine » Sun Jun 22, 2008 1:10 pm

Hi
I have brought one of those glucose tolerance testing kits which you do a finger prick test to see what your level is.
Anyway all my tests were coming out in the normal range between 4-6 apart from one which was a bit higher at 6.5. I think the normal range is between 4-6 my GP told me. Though some websites say up to 7.
So i thought as i was not eating any sugar this was why the levels were so good.
Now some of the diabeties symptoms are weeing a lot that sort of thing, and since not eating sugar i have not been up in the night going to the loo. So i wondered what my level would be after sugar. So looked up how to do a glucose tolerance test like they do in hospital.
So last night i did not eat anything after 8 o clock pm as you have to not eat for at least 8 hours or exercise. and at 11.00 am i drank 65g of glucose. This worked out to 2 and half cans of lucozade. Then you have to wait two hours without eating or exercise. I did a test after 1 hour as i was feeling thirsty and trotting to the loo and it was 9! :shock: I did it after two hours when a normal healthy persons blood sugar goes back to normal even after glucose drink and it was still 9 :shock: So am about to do one after 3 hours and i feel dreadful weeing, agitated and tired. The result of the blood level after 3 hours is 9.2 :shock: :shock: :shock: Diabetic level is 11, so pretty certain am pre diabetic!
I will take my test results to show dietician as she is the diabetic specialist so she will know. The good news is obviously no sugar will control it but still upsetting as if not diagnosed with pcos i would have been eating my way to diabeties :? :twisted:
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Postby HelenYorkshire » Mon Jun 23, 2008 5:54 pm

Wow!
That's half fascinating, and half very very scary...!
Am tempted myself, as I get sugar highs and lows very easily. Although now I'm on metformin the results wouldn't mean much.

But at least you know now - I'm always surprised these kind of things aren't done as one of the first tests at Drs!
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Postby DawnyB » Mon Jun 23, 2008 9:23 pm

I was reading a poster about this in the doctors today (it was up in the midwifes room)

Apparently, GlaxoSmithKline who make lucozade recently changed the amount of glucose in the drink, so you need 410ml for a GTT.

2 and a half cans - thats about 1 litre of the stuff or twice the recommended amount for the test, so no wonder your blood went loopy high. It may be worth re-testing on the suggested amount, and see what your results are then.

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Postby celandine » Mon Jun 23, 2008 9:43 pm

Oh my goodness Dawn! :shock:
no wonder it went high :lol: :lol: :lol:
Blimey a sugar hit from hell! :shock: :lol: :lol: :roll:
I think i had better leave it to the proper tests at the GP! :oops: :oops:
That will teach me being a know it all DIY glucose tester! :lol: :lol: :lol:
I bet that made you laugh when you read what i did! :roll:
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Postby DawnyB » Mon Jun 23, 2008 9:52 pm

No laughing at all - I was just really worried, and also knew how much you would be stressing about the result.

No wonder you felt like crap after it... that much glucose would be enough to drive anyone batty - let alone our poorly PCOS systems.

Its certainly worth re-testing with the right amount if you can face it again, although I would give it a week or so so your system can get over the sugar shock.

Don't be surprised if you have a terrible headache for a few days - make sure you drink plenty of water to flush your system out.

Sending you the hugest hug, along with a gentle amount of teasing, you silly tatty!
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Postby celandine » Mon Jun 23, 2008 10:05 pm

I'm worse than a small child!
My son says he can't leave me on my own for 10 minutes and hes 15!
The other week he went downstairs to get some magazines for me and by the time he got back i had my arm stuck down the back of the bed :D :D
And he just said to me now ' I thought you were having a bit much of that lucozade!' And ' I shant beable to leave home when i'm older as you do silly things'! you would not be in one piece when i got back! :lol:
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Postby DawnyB » Mon Jun 23, 2008 10:28 pm

aw what a sweetie pie tho!

Tell him, its ok, he can leave home when hes ready - everyone from verity will look after you!

I do hope you are having plenty of water to wash all the excess glucose out of your system. You will feel like setting a world record for the highest number of piddles in one night, but you do really need to drink loads of water.

Have a hug again!
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Postby HelenYorkshire » Thu Jun 26, 2008 7:03 pm

celandine wrote:Oh my goodness Dawn! :shock:
no wonder it went high :lol: :lol: :lol:
Blimey a sugar hit from hell! :shock: :lol: :lol: :roll:
I think i had better leave it to the proper tests at the GP! :oops: :oops:
That will teach me being a know it all DIY glucose tester! :lol: :lol: :lol:
I bet that made you laugh when you read what i did! :roll:



sorry but :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Sounds like something I'd do :oops: :roll:

Let us know the "re-test" results :wink:
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Postby celandine » Thu Jun 26, 2008 8:37 pm

Hi helen'
I gave you a laugh :lol: can't believe i did that! I thought i was being so clever :lol: :lol:
Will let you know the result when i do it again but properly!
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