Why do we recommend eating 150 grams of carbs per day for the 2 days before an OGTT?
The goal is to show the performance of the body at “typical” or “normal” conditions. If you’re eating a keto diet, you don’t stress your pancreas with insulin release. So, the pancreas is able to store insulin. Keto dieters that don’t “load” with these 2 days of carbs can have an unnaturally strong 1st phase insulin release.
What are the optimal test result values for glucose tolerance?
1st collection (Fasting) – 90 or less, 2nd collection (1 hour after drinking 75g of sugar) - 120 or less, 3rd collection (2 hours after drinking 75g of sugar) - 100 or less.
If my result numbers are higher than optimal, does it mean I have diabetes?
There are several criteria for a diagnosis of diabetes. Two of the most common examples include a fasting glucose over 125 and a peak glucose over 200. Many people have numbers like this – and higher. And most of them are able to keep their blood sugars down to healthy levels with lifestyle management.
if your numbers are higher than optimal (90, 120 and 100), but you don’t match the criteria for diabetes, this is called prediabetes. Don’t let the term “prediabetes” fool you. It’s not just a touch of sugar. It’s the most common cause for developing arterial plaque, cardiovascular inflammation, and therefore heart attack, stroke and other major chronic disease outcomes.
Can I drink water prior to and during the test?
Yes! And being well-hydrated helps with getting a good sample collection.
Can I drink coffee prior to the test?
Yes, provided black with no additives or sugar whatsoever.
Do I still need to take the test if I’ve already been diagnosed with Diabetes?
Yes, even people with significant diabetes should measure and track their condition. Results provide your doctor with the information to inform you of progress and or regression. There are multiple levels of diabetes that need to be considered and treated.
How long does this test take to complete?
It take a total of 2 hours (first test, 1 hour break, second test, 1 hour break, 3rd test)