Well, you do not actually need to fast for a random blood sugar examination. However, if the requested examination is fasting blood sugar or FBS, then you need to undergo a NPO procedure (non-per-orem or nothing by mouth).
“Did you fast?”
A laboratory scientist or a nurse will ask you this question before extraction. If you said no, then you could not proceed as the result would surely show a falsely elevated FBS.
What is FBS anyway?
Fasting blood sugar is a screening test for diabetes. Because it is a screening examination, your doctor may recommend other examinations, like A1C test, that can confirm whether or not you have diabetes.
Why should you undergo fasting for 8 hours?
You must fast for six to eight hours to clear your system before the examination. In person with no diabetes, it usually takes two to five hours before the blood sugar level would return to normal after eating. So, if you did not take anything (except water) for six to eight hours before collection of blood, then your fasting blood sugar result would be accurate.
What are the normal values for this examination?
According to the American Diabetes Association, the normal values for fasting blood sugar would be from 70 mg/dL to 99 mg/dL. But these values may vary from one laboratory to another, depending on the methods used by the laboratory to analyze the analyte.
If your FBS result is slightly higher than normal, then your doctor may request for another fasting blood sugar test to confirm the result.
Do not discuss your result with the laboratory scientist
Most of the time, patients do ask a nurse or a laboratory scientist to know what their results mean. Although health professionals can give you an idea of what they mean, you must go straight to your doctor and discuss your laboratory result with him/her. He/she is familiar with your medical history, thereby, can give you better recommendation.
Have you ever wondered why the graves are six feet deep?
Before the Black Death, the graves were not that deep. However, during the Black Plague in Europe, bodies of victims were not buried properly. As a result, it caused unpleasant side effects, such as the following:
1. Parts of dead bodies were exposed. This is where the term “boneyard” originated from.
2. Dead body parts decomposing on the surface did not alleviate the said health problem.
Which country that started this rule?
It was England that first mandated that dead bodies must be buried six feet deep or two meters from the surface. With this depth, they could
1. Bury two bodies in one place
2. Leave a cushion of two feet of soil above the buried body.
This means that one grave can have two (2) feet for the first body, two (2) feet for the second body and another two (2) feet of soil to separate the two coffins. It was assumed that each casket was two feet high.
3. The said rule would also safeguard the coffins against predators.
Could the depth of the graves be even deeper?
Yes. However, it might not be safe and reasonable for gravediggers. Plus, the distance is not deep enough to tackle water or rock when shoveling.
Yes, there is such a thing as proper way to pray. Here are the don’ts of praying:
1. Do not pray publicly
Hypocrites do this. They love to pray publicly so everyone can see them.
Instead, you must go to a quiet place where you can be alone and pray to God secretly. God knows your secrets and will reward you for praying wholeheartedly.
2. Do not use vain repetitions as people of other religions do.
Prayers are not answered through repetitions. God knows what you need even before you ask Him.
Instead, you must pray like this:
Our Father in heaven. May your name beyond it. May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done here on Earth just as it is in heaven. Give us our food for today. And forgive us our sins just as we have forgiven those who have sinned against us. And do not lead us into temptation. But deliver us from the evil one.
By forgiving those who have sinned against you, God will forgive you. However, if you do not forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.