Therefore, one of the tests to determine
how blood sugar is handled in the body is with the six hour
glucose tolerance test or GTT. The six hour GTT is accomplished
by taking and
recording your blood sugar at intervals over a six hour period
after subjecting your system to a heavy dose of sugar. The
first level is recorded after you have not eaten for at least
six hours, and preferably
done in the morning. After the first fasting blood sugar has been
taken, then you drink a large quantity of a sugar mixture,
consisting sweet sugary things, such as fruit juices or blended fruits mixed
with fruit juices. You can also eat a very sweet breakfast
consisting of pancakes and topped with abundant pancake syrup plus drinking
about 16 ounces of orange juice. In the medically controlled GTT,
you drink a mixture of glucose syrup or some equivalent. This is
called the sugar challenge stimulant. Then at 1/2 hour after
drinking or eating, the second blood sample is taken and
recorded. Then another sample is taken at one hour, two hours and
so on every hour, until the sixth hour. The recorded numbers constitute the six
During the time of the testing you cannot
eat or drink anything. It is important that the endocrine system
takes it's coarse in its attempt to stabilize the sugar
challenge. The coarse of action your body takes in this effort
to handle the sugar challenge is an indicator of how your
overall endocrine system is working or not working.
The normal reaction in a healthy body is
for the blood sugar levels to shoot up to about 140 to 160 and
then return back to baseline normal within two hours as shown by
the normal chart on the previous page. Deviations from the
healthy standard is an indicator that something is wrong and
that the hormones needed to produce proper glucose stability
levels are not in balance, and when they are not in balance the
total body is out of balance and problems crop up.
Your brain and every cell in your body runs
on glucose, and when that glucose varies around and away from
healthy levels it's like running your car on gasoline with
octane ratings that are also out of normal range. As an analogy,
consider your blood glucose levels as octane ratings. Would you
put gas in your car that had an octane rating of 30? Or would
you try to run your car on gas with octane ratings that
fluctuated between 50 and 250 and then while in the gas tank
changed octane rating that ranged all over the board. Well you
can't buy gas with those ratings, and in fact your car operates
smoothly between octane ratings of 87 and 93. Octane is tightly
controlled so your car runs at peak efficiency. Your blood sugar
is meant to be tightly controlled also, with
levels between 80 and 100. But when your glucose levels shoot out
of balance, so do you. The mental and physical problems show up in
degenerative human conditions. Your car would not run on an
octane rating of 30 and you can't run with glucose levels of 30
either. And if you put 250 octane in your engine it would in all
likelihood blow apart. What would happen to you with blood sugar
levels of 250 all the time?
Six hour GTT results are best interpreted
for their tendencies by a professional.
me for information on interpretation for your specific
needs. I do not and cannot by law diagnose your health problems,
but I can tell you tendencies that are associated with certain
The GTT has been around for decades.
However, doctors rarely prescribe the long six hour test. There
may be several reasons. Perhaps they don't think that useful
data is contained in the numbers after the first two hours, or
maybe they don't understand how to interpret the data as
meaningful after two hours. And, going further perhaps they use
the short GTT for nailing specific problems, namely diabetes
(hyperglycemia) or low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). Once they see
the specific tendency they have diagnosed your problem and
treatment begins. The unfortunate result of not doing the longer
test is missing dozens or
even hundreds of dozens of other problems associated with out of
It is now legal in America for individuals
to monitor their own blood sugars without a prescription for
supplies. All supplies needed can be purchased at any pharmacy
and also are part of my balance kits.
The six hour GTT is a must for persons
interested in monitoring their health. What happens in the hours
after hour two is very important and that is normally when most
medical tests are terminated since doctors look primarily for the
hyper and hypo tendencies and that constitutes the diagnosis.
The secret to the GTT is in the total test.
It's in noting how the numbers move about. A trained person will
ask how fast do the numbers move, what are the significance of
the slopes, how far apart are the high and low points, what are the
maximum and minimums and what times space them, how many times
do the numbers cross the norm, and many more.
interpretation is not a do it yourself
project, but taking and recording the numbers is, or can be.
Do you know what your blood sugar is doing?