Glucose Challenge Test GCT 50 gram & 75 gram
The glucose challenge test determines an individual’s response to glucose (sugar). In this test, a sugary solution is given to the person taking the test, and his sugar levels are measured one hour later. During pregnancy, a type of diabetes known as gestational diabetes develops. Therefore, the test is recommended for pregnant women in order to screen for gestational diabetes.
Why is the test ordered?
This is a screening test for gestational diabetes, recommended for pregnant women.
When is the test ordered?
The test may be usually recommended between 24 and 28th weeks of pregnancy. It is usually recommended to women who are obese and have a family history of gestational diabetes or of diabetes in any form.
How is the sample collected for testing?
A blood sample is collected from a vein in the arm.
How to prepare for the test?
Do not eat or drink anything (other than water) for 8 to 14 hours before your test. (You also cannot eat during the test.)