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Blood glucose test...to fast or not to fast??


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August 10th, 2011, 04:14 PM
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I have to go in for my 1 hr blood glucose test sometime in the next couple of weeks. With my other two kids I was told that I had to fast so I always just got an early appointment and waited until after to eat, but the nurse this time was telling me that I don't have to fast. Just curious what everyone else did and if you passed??
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August 10th, 2011, 04:17 PM
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I didn't fast for any of mine. My dr did say to eat something with protein the morning of and not sugar. I had to sit for an hour at the lab which was a new one for me before I just drank the stuff then went to the lab. I couldn't eat or drink during that hour. I think each lab is different. Good luck with your test .
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August 10th, 2011, 05:04 PM
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My last one was mid-morning. I made sure I had protein with my breakfast (I think I had whole wheat toast with cheese and a hard boiled egg). Then I drank the sugary drink, had my normal appointment, and an hour after the drink I had my blood draw.

If your appointment is at a time where you could fast for it, it doesn't hurt to. But if it's later in the day, just be sure not eat candy bars or drink pop before the appointment.
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August 10th, 2011, 08:36 PM
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The initial one hour screening is not supposed to be a fasting test. My midwife told me to avoid carbs that morning though (I had an omelet for breakfast), and not to eat for one hour before drinking the drink (which I did at 10AM).
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August 11th, 2011, 04:20 AM
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I had to fast when I did the 1-hour, which I failed (borderline) the first time. I also had to fast for the 3-hour test which I passed. I went straight to the 3-hour test this time though, to avoid having to do it twice.
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August 11th, 2011, 05:39 AM
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I was told to fast with both of mine. But I hear that isn't the norm anymore. If given the option I would fast. That sugar stuff is hard enough to take much less with an empty stomach.
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August 11th, 2011, 06:20 AM
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I've taken the 1-hour three times at two different clinics and was never told to fast. I passed with flying colors twice and was borderline once. The time that I was borderline I was practically living on sugar as candy and sprite were the few things that would stay down.
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August 11th, 2011, 06:45 AM
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I've never had to fast for mine, and I've done the 1 hour a total of 5 times (they made me do it twice this pregnancy, once in the first tri, once at the normal time). I am sick enough that I can barely hold down the stuff with food in me, I can't imagine doing it fasting.

They gave me the glucola beforehand, so I just drank it 45 minutes before my appointment (to give me time after getting there for me to get in and get my blood drawn at the 1 hour point), and I usually have a big plate of scrambled eggs for breakfast (without the maple syrup I usually put on them!)
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August 11th, 2011, 04:53 PM
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My appointment will be around 2-2:30 so I guess my breakfast shouldn't have a huge impact?? And just eat a normal lunch around 11-12??
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August 11th, 2011, 06:50 PM
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I got my instructions today for mine. I was told to avoid sugary stuff beforehand and not to eat an hour before. Blows my mind that there doesn't seem to be a set way to do this test!
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August 11th, 2011, 06:54 PM
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Yeah, for your appt time, I would eat a normal breakfast...complex carbs if possible. And a lunch pretty heavy in protein and iron. Avoiding white sugar that day. Both times I have taken the test I have eaten about an hour before (not because they told me NOT to eat an hour before, just by default) and have passed with flying colors. Bizarrely enough, both times I had a bowl of frosted mini wheats with milk and did fine...even though it was not the "ideal" breakfast. This past time, my sugars were right at the low-end line!
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