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Monday, October 30, 2006

Impaired Glucose Tolerance and Diabetes

You may not have diabetes-as yet! It is an unpleasant and expensive condition, so stay away from it for as long as you can, if not for ever!

Laxity in medical surveillance, and the many temptations for bad habits, leaves untold numbers amongst us with Impaired Glucose Tolerance, though we may feel a false sense of security in having passed a diabetes test in the distant past!

Weight gain, dietary overload, too many calories, and reduction in physical exercise levels, can harm the body’s ability to manage the onslaught of energy that we pump through our mouths and stomachs to our innards!

Random blood sugar tests can yield misleading results if there a long gap by chance between a normal meal and the phlebotomy. Similarly, patients may prevaricate and eat a little less the day before a fasting blood sugar test, or on the day of a post-prandial reading. A glucose tolerance test or a glycosylated hemoglobin test can yield much better information about the states of our glucose metabolism abilities. The latter is not frozen, and can change significantly in just 6 months for an adult or in a year for a child.

Please do not take your glucose metabolism for granted, and assume that you can indulge in a carefree diet and laid back lifestyle merely because you have passed a diabetes test once!

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