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A Lupus friend of mine needs this test. She is under the impression that for the two hours between the blood tests that she is not allowed to move. She is consequently very worked up about if she needs the toilet or needs to stretch.
I think she may have misunderstood. If anyone has experience of this test I would like to hear it.
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X Lola
 

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Hi Lola,

I looked it up and did'nt see where they were not allowed to move. They have to stay in the lab and get their blood rechecked.

The glucose tolerance test is done in several steps. When you arrive at your doctor's office or lab, a member of your health care team will take a sample of blood by pricking your fingertip or inserting a needle into a vein in your arm. This blood sample will be used to measure your fasting blood sugar level.
If you're being tested for type 2 diabetes, you'll drink about 8 ounces (237 milliliters) of a syrupy glucose solution that contains 2.6 ounces (75 grams) of sugar. The glucose solution is often cola- or orange-flavored. Two hours later, your blood sugar level will be measured again.
If you're being tested for gestational diabetes, you'll drink about 8 ounces (237 milliliters) of a glucose solution that contains 3.5 ounces (100 grams) of sugar. Your blood sugar level will be tested again one, two and three hours later.
After drinking the glucose solution, you'll likely need to remain in the doctor's office or lab while you're waiting for your blood sugar level to be tested. After the glucose tolerance test, you can return to your usual activities immediately.
I found it here.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/glucose-tolerance-test/MY00145/DSECTION=what-you-can-expect

I hope this helps your friend.

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Lyn
 

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Thank You Lyn,
I think the problem is that she gets very flustered and defensive and doesn't necessarily take in what they say.
This is due to previous bad experiences with that particular hospital.

Like you I can't see any mention of having to stay stock still and can't see any reason why it would be necessary.

Hope you are doing well,
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Hi Lola, I have had this test. You are supposed to sit for the two hours. She will be allowed to use the toilet though. They ask you if you have walked or used the toilet. This is to see the action of the glucose on the body, if you move you use the glucose as energy so it affects the test. Tell her not to worry. Just take a book, to alleviate the boredom!!!!

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Thank you very much Girls,
As I said I thought having to be stock still couldn't be right.
My friend can be a bit difficult and is talking about refusing the test anyway-very unwise I feel.
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