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What problems can you get from taking an oral glucose tolerance test?

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The oral glucose tolerance test has very few issues. Some people have minor side effects from the sugary drink or from the needle stick. Side effects from the drink include:

Possible problems from the blood test include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Bloating
  • Headache
  • Low blood sugar (rarely)
  • Excess bleeding
  • Fainting
  • Infection
  • More than one attempt to find a vein, which can hurt a little

SOURCES:  

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Diabetes."

American Association for Clinical Chemistry: "Glucose Tests."

American Diabetes Association: "Diagnosing Diabetes and Learning About Prediabetes," "How to Treat Gestational Diabetes."

CDC: "Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (OGTT) Procedures Manual."

Cleveland Clinic: "Oral glucose tolerance test during pregnancy."

Dartmouth-Hitchcock: "Oral Glucose Tolerance Test."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Step 1: Learn About Diabetes."

PubMed Health: "Glucose tolerance tests: What exactly do they involve?"

St. Joseph-Mercy Hospital: "Preparing for the Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (Adults)."

Mayo Clinic, “Glucose tolerance test,” “Triglycerides, why do they matter?” . Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

Johns Hopkins Medicine, “What is the pancreas?”

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on November 14, 2018

SOURCES:  

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Diabetes."

American Association for Clinical Chemistry: "Glucose Tests."

American Diabetes Association: "Diagnosing Diabetes and Learning About Prediabetes," "How to Treat Gestational Diabetes."

CDC: "Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (OGTT) Procedures Manual."

Cleveland Clinic: "Oral glucose tolerance test during pregnancy."

Dartmouth-Hitchcock: "Oral Glucose Tolerance Test."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Step 1: Learn About Diabetes."

PubMed Health: "Glucose tolerance tests: What exactly do they involve?"

St. Joseph-Mercy Hospital: "Preparing for the Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (Adults)."

Mayo Clinic, “Glucose tolerance test,” “Triglycerides, why do they matter?” . Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

Johns Hopkins Medicine, “What is the pancreas?”

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on November 14, 2018

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