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Overview

There are multiple tests performed on diabetics to measure insulin and glucose levels in their blood. One such test is the Insulin: Postprandial test.

What is the Insulin: Postprandial test?

The Insulin: Postprandial test is a blood test performed 2 hours after eating food. In diabetic patients, either the insulin is insufficient or not effective in reducing blood sugar levels. The Insulin: Postprandial test is performed in order to check how your body responds to food consumption.

Why is the Insulin: Postprandial test suggested?

Your healthcare provider may suggest the Insulin: Postprandial test if

  • You have symptoms like frequent urination, thirst, blurred vision, tiredness, fatigue, and repeated infections.
  • Your patient has pancreatitis, acromegaly, Cushing’s syndrome, or insulinomas.

How is Insulin: Postprandial test performed?

In the Insulin: Postprandial test, the following steps are taken:

  • The area on the forearm for the prick is cleaned with an antiseptic.
  • A tight elastic band is tied above the area of the intended puncture.
  • Blood is collected from a vein.

What are the parameters measured in the Insulin: Postprandial test?

Normal levels of Insulin-Postprandial indicate that the pancreas is producing adequate insulin.

  • If the insulin levels are high, the reasons can range from diabetes, hyperinsulinism, insulinoma, Cushing’s syndrome, etc.
  • If the insulin level is lower than normal, it is due to an untreated case of type 1 diabetes.

Preparation before performing the Insulin: Postprandial test

For a Insulin: Postprandial test, you must fast for 12 hours and then consume a meal containing at least 75 gm of carbohydrates.

Post-care after the Insulin: Postprandial test

There are no post-care measures after an Insulin- Postprandial test.

Sample types in the Insulin: Postprandial test

For the Postprandial test, a blood sample is needed.

Side effects/risks of the Insulin: Postprandial test

Some side-effects/risks of an Insulin-Fasting test include fainting, dizziness, pain in the area of the prick, or excessive bleeding.

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