Glucose Tolerance Testing in Brentwood, Lindenhurst, Patchogue of Long Island NY Areas.
Pediatrics of Long Island offers walk-in Glucose Tolerance Testing with no appointment necessary.
Diabetes is one of the most commonly diagnosed chronic diseases in children in the United States. At Long Island Pediatrics, we provide glucose tolerance testing for children of all ages that can help identify insulin deficiencies and diabetes. If you suspect your child may have diabetes and are looking for an experienced physician to conduct a glucose tolerance test, contact one of Long Island Pediatrics 3 convenient locations to schedule an appointment.
Diabetes is actually a group of diseases that exist when the body does not naturally produce enough insulin, doesn’t properly use the insulin it does produce, or creates no insulin at all. The three main kinds of diabetes are type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes in pregnant women. Type 1 diabetes refers to patients whose bodies do not create any insulin due to an autoimmune condition that results in destruction of certain cells in the pancreas. Type 2 diabetes occurs when your body doesn’t effectively use the insulin it has, prompting the pancreas to create more and more insulin until it can’t sustain production. A glucose tolerance test can help diagnose pre-diabetes and diabetes in children and adults.
Glucose tolerance testing is a multi-step procedure that will allow your doctor to determine whether you have diabetes and measure your insulin levels. The test itself may take up to 3 hours, and there is some preparation required before the test is administered. It is necessary for you to eat a normal, healthy diet for several days before the test and then to fast (no eating or drinking) for at least 8 hours leading up to your appointment. Your doctor may also ask that you refrain from taking certain medications in order to prepare for the test.
Unfortunately, glucose tolerance testing is not a very comfortable process. The test will begin by taking a blood sample using a finger stick test. You will then be given a drink containing glucose. Your blood will then be taken repeatedly every 30-60 minutes over a 2-3 hour period to establish your blood glucose levels as your body metabolizes the drink. Many people will experience discomfort during their test including feelings of light-headedness, nausea, or even shortness of breath. Of course, anytime a needle is inserted, patients may experience mild discomfort, or even redness or swelling for several hours afterward.
At Long Island Pediatrics, we value the health and safety of every child we treat. As a parent, we understand how important it is for you to fully understand the implications of your child’s healthcare. We are happy to answer any questions you may have regarding your child’s testing or diagnosis following the appointment. Our doctors can provide you with information about nutritional support, insulin use, and other important factors if your child is diagnosed with diabetes following their glucose tolerance test.
If your child exhibits symptoms of diabetes, including frequent urination, excessive hunger or thirst, blurry vision, slow healing sounds, chronic fatigue, or dry and itchy skin, it may be time to schedule a glucose tolerance test with an experienced pediatrician. Contact one of Long Island Pediatrics’ 3 convenient locations to schedule your child’s test today.