Why Do You Need To Fast Before A Blood Sugar Examination?

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.

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Why Are The Graves Must Be Six Feet Under?

The Grave why are graves six feet deep

The Grave

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.

How To Properly Pray

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.

Matthew 6:5-15

Education And Training In The Philippines – What Is It Like?

Providing education and training is always a business, at least for the majority of school operators. Because it is a business, the costs of running a school should be adjusted according to the economic situation. These costs will include the salaries of the teachers and other personnel of that school.

An increase in tuition and other fees

Each year, most of the private schools and other learning institutions increase their fees. They need the adjustments to prosper and stay in this type of business. Although parents and students do understand that regular adjustments are necessary for inflation, they are also expecting that their children are getting quality services. After all, schools that offer education and training are in the business entity.

What is the Philippine education like? 

In the Philippines, unfortunately, its quality of education and training is lagging behind its neighbors. Its competitiveness has suffered significantly leading to slow growth and development in science and technology.

School is a good business. 

Because it is a good business and there is a growing demand for education and training, the number of new schools is growing. Those existing institutions compete against these new schools by offering popular courses but with little regulation.

The result? 

The majority of their graduates usually fail when taking professional licensure examinations.

What efforts are made? 

1. Although the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has made efforts in resolving this issue, the problem remains unresolved.

2. Schools with low ratings in licensure examinations will be forced to close.

3. The said government agency has tightened its requirements when it comes to tuition fee increases.

So is it reasonable for schools to increase their tuition and other fees?  

Yes, but only to those schools that provide their students with quality of education and training. To those schools with high number of students who fail in licensure examinations must improve their services, i.e. if they are requesting for a tuition fee increase. Because it is a business, they must see to it that they are offering value for money.