The 3 hour glucose tolerance test is not done routinely to diagnose type 2 diabetes. However the test is considered as the gold standard for making the diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. Presently it is used most often to diagnose gestational diabetes (diabetes in pregnant women).
Before doing an oral glucose tolerance test, you will have to fast overnight (at least 8 but not more than 16 hours). The next morning sample for fasting plasma glucose level is taken. After this you will be given 75 grams of glucose (100 grams for pregnant women) solution to drink.
Then blood samples are taken to measure the blood glucose---In the classic test blood glucose level is measured five times over a period of 3 hours.
Based on the results of 3 hour glucose tolerance test the following diagnoses may be made:
The three hour glucose tolerance test can help in early diagnosis and disease management by permitting early initiation of therapy. This can help to prevent or delay the development of diabetes related complications.
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