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Post-meal Glycemia, Post Cibum Glycemia

Blood Glucose 1 PC

Measuring blood glucose (glycemia) 1 hour PC (after a meal) is a test that is rarely prescribed but may be useful, for example, when monitoring gestational diabetes. This test is different from the 1-hour post 50 grams blood glucose test dosage used to screen patients at risk of developing gestational diabetes. The blood glucose 1 hour PC better reflects fluctuations in glucose levels in the patient’s environment (eating habits, medication-related, etc.) and complements diabetes self-monitoring performed at home with a blood glucose monitor or monitoring in a lab with a measure of the fructosamine level (pregnant patient) or glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) among men or among women who are not pregnant.

Glycemia, exactly 1 hour after the end of a balanced meal containing sufficient carbohydrates (sugars) but also other elements from each of the major food groups, must be lower than 7.8 millimoles of glucose per litre of blood (mmol/L) and, in pregnant women, ideally over 5.0 mmol/L.

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Hot zone

A hot zone is a section of a facility (sometimes an entire facility or even a city district) where there is a high risk of contamination by patients with an infectious disease. All individuals entering a hot zone must respect appropriate protective measures. By analogy, “cold zone” and “warm zone” are used to refer to areas where there is no infected individual or only individuals suspected of having an infection.