Postprandial Blood Glucose (PPBG) test is done to determine the glucose level in the blood of the patient. The term ‘Postprandial’ means eating after the meal.This test should be done around two hours from the start of the last meal. This test is used to screen health problems like diabetes Types 1, 2 and pre-diabetes.
Procedure involved in Postprandial Blood Glucose test
The area or the surface is cleaned with the help of an antiseptic
The doctor takes the sample of the blood by using a sterile swab
The specialist inserts the needle into the vein and withdraws the nozzle
The specialist then applies a bit of pressure on the area for the easy flow of blood
Cotton or gauze is used to stop bleeding
Then the blood sample is sent to the laboratory
Why get tested?
To measure the level of blood sugar
To monitor the treatment among the patients who are undergoing treatment for health problem like diabetes. It is also done as a routine health check-up
Glucose is a monosaccharide or simple sugar which is also the primary source of energy for the cells in the body. It is also the source of energy for the brain and nervous system. The test is done to measure the glucose level in the blood. If the level of glucose is high then it can affect the organs of the body and if the glucose level is low then it may affect the nervous system. This test is used to check if the body of the patient is able to store or utilize the glucose properly. Excess sugar level indicates that the blood is not stored or utilized properly. It is primarily caused because of diabetes.
This test includes
Blood Sugar/Glucose - Postprandial
The patient should inform the doctor about the health condition and as well as medication before undergoing the test
The doctor might give some specific instructions after knowing about the medications and health conditions