Last weeks article ran a little long, so I’m going to make it up to you and make this one pretty short.
Before we dive into the test, it’s important to note that there are several other markers that can be used to help you and your doctor understand how you may be managing sugar (fasting glucose, cholesterol, cholesterol/triglyceride ratio, insulin, c-peptide, and HA1c). The following test is quick, cheap, and will tell you much more about the way you are currently managing sugar than any single blood test.
Disclaimer: Please talk to your doctor before taking this test at home.
The test is called the glucose tolerance test and it’s dead simple. All you are really doing is drinking some sugar and charting how your body is managing your blood sugar levels over a 2 hour period. What could be easier than that?
What you’ll need
Glucometer - It’s the device diabetics use to monitor their blood sugar. You can get one at the drugstore or Walmart for around $15-20.