Some foods and supplements can affect your fasting glucose level.
If you’re not sure whether a food or supplement will affect your glucose level, ask your doctor. Your doctor can let you know if it’s safe to take certain supplements.
Some examples of high glucose foods include:
- White bread and other cereal products
- White rice
- White potato products
- Soda and other carbonated drinks
- Sweetened cereals
- Sugar-sweetened drinks
High glucose foods can cause a spike in your blood sugar level. A spike can cause a high glucose level in your blood.
High glucose foods are also known as sugary foods.
High glucose foods also have a high carbohydrate content, which is the sugars that your body breaks down into glucose.
If you have diabetes, you may be more sensitive to high glucose food.
People with diabetes may need to eat smaller meals more often, depending on how much they eat. They may need to check their blood sugar levels more often, too.
High glucose foods to avoid
Some high glucose foods are good for you. Others may have a negative effect on your health.
Some high glucose foods to avoid include:
- Caffeinated drinks, especially coffee and tea
- Sugary foods
- Snack foods
- Fried foods
- Processed foods
These foods have a lot of sugar in them. The sugar may increase your blood sugar level for a short period of time.
The same foods that have a low glycemic index also have a negative effect on your health. High glycemic foods have a high glycemic index.
Examples of high glycemic foods include:
- White bread
- White potato
- White ham
- White fish
- White kidney
- White turkey
- White milk products
- White cheese
- White sugar
- White flour
- White pasta
High glucose foods to eat
Some high glucose foods are good for your health.
Examples of high glucose foods to eat include:
- Fruit and vegetables
- Low-fat dairy foods
- Lean meat
If you have diabetes, you may need to eat more healthy foods.
Your body may not be used to eating these types of foods. So you may need to increase your food intake to include more high glucose foods.
Low glucose foods to eat
Examples of low glucose foods to eat include:
- Whole grains
- Low fat dairy foods
These foods are lower in sugar and carbs. Your body can break down these foods more quickly.
Low glucose foods to avoid
Some low glucose foods can cause problems. They increase the risk of high blood sugar.
Examples of low glucose foods to avoid include:
- High-fat meats
Your body breaks down these foods into sugar, which increases your blood sugar level.
When to take a blood glucose test?
To check your blood glucose level, your doctor may do a fasting glucose test or a random blood glucose test.
A fasting glucose test measures your blood sugar level when you’re not eating or drinking anything for at least 8 hours.
A random blood glucose test measures your blood sugar level at random times throughout the day.
You may also need to test at certain times of the day. This is known as a testing strategy.
If you’re not sure when to test, ask your doctor. They can let you know if your blood glucose level is too high or too low.
If you have diabetes, you should test in the morning. This is because your body is more active during this time.
How to prepare for a blood glucose test?
Before your blood glucose test, you may need to:
- Stay away from foods and beverages that can trigger a high glucose level.
- Drink 6 to 8 ounces of water.
- Eat a snack that’s about the same amount.
- Eat a small breakfast.
Your doctor may ask you to take a fasted blood glucose test or a random blood glucose test.
To do a fasting blood glucose test:
- Eat breakfast.
- Take a pill with a glucose solution.
- Sit in a quiet, comfortable place.
- Don’t eat or drink anything for 8 hours before your test.
- Take the test yourself. The technician will ask you to measure your blood glucose level.
To do a random blood glucose test:
- Have breakfast.
- Drink 8 ounces of water.
- Drink your glucose solution.
- Don’t eat or drink anything for a period of time. It may be 20 minutes to an hour.
- Take the test yourself.
When will I get my test results?
Your doctor will usually give you the results of your test within 2 to 3 days.
Results can vary based on the testing strategy and how fast you take your test.
If you’re having your blood glucose test done at a health care provider’s office, you may need to wait up to 10 days for the results.
In some cases, your provider may need to contact you about your results. This is to make sure your results are accurate.
Contact your provider if you have any questions or if you’re not sure when your test results will be ready.
Are there any ways to speed up the results of a blood glucose test?
Your test results can take a few days.
Ask your doctor if you can take a faster test.
If your doctor thinks that a test is needed, they may prescribe a faster test.
They may request the following methods:
- Glucose tablets.
- A glucose solution.
- Glucola and Regular Glucose.
- Insulin glucometer.
Your doctor may recommend the following methods to reduce the time it takes to get your test results:
- Taking the test yourself.
- Taking the test before breakfast.
- Taking a meal before your test.
- Taking your test at a certain time.
- Taking it more often.
Why do I need to test my blood glucose level?
Your blood glucose level is a measurement of your blood sugar. This is a type of sugar that’s found in your blood.
Your blood sugar level can help your doctor check how well your body is using glucose and insulin.
Your blood glucose level can also help your doctor check how well your body is metabolizing certain types of foods.
This is called a blood glucose challenge. Your doctor may do this test often. You may need to do this test more often if you’re at risk for diabetes and have a high blood glucose level.
The test can help your doctor check your risk for complications from diabetes. It can also help your doctor check to see how well your body is using insulin and glucose.
Your doctor may test your blood glucose level when you have a high blood glucose level. This is known as a hyperglycemia.
Your doctor may do this test if:
- You have a high blood glucose level.
- You have diabetes.
High glucose foods include those that have a high glycemic index or a low glycemic index.
Glycemic index is a measurement of how quickly food goes into your blood when digested. It’s based on how quickly glucose is absorbed into your bloodstream.
Glucose is absorbed into your blood faster than other types of sugar. Glucose can come from a number of foods, including:
Foods with a low glycemic index include:
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