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Post-meal Glycemia, Post Cibum Glycemia

Blood Glucose 2 PC

Measuring blood glucose (glycemia) 2 hours PC (after a meal) is one of several tests used to monitor diabetes. This test is different from hyperglycemia 2 hours post 75 grams of glucose, which is used to diagnose diabetes. The blood glucose 2 hours 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 the lab with a measure of glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c).

Glycemia, exactly 2 hours 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).

Glucose levels over 7.8 mmol/L (or more rarely below 3.9 mmol/L) may indicate that the diabetes is not being controlled optimally, but these levels must be interpreted along with all elements of the case (diabetes type, treatment type and targets, in-home self-monitoring results, HbA1c level, risk of hypoglycemia, etc.).

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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.