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Diurnal Variation in Oral Glucose Tolerance: Blood Sugar and Plasma Insulin Levels Morning, Afternoon, and Evening

Br Med J 1972; 1 doi: (Published 22 January 1972) Cite this as: Br Med J 1972;1:199
  1. R. J. Jarrett,
  2. I. A. Baker,
  3. H. Keen,
  4. N. W. Oakley


    Twenty-four subjects received three oral glucose tolerance tests, in the morning, afternoon, and evening of separate days. The mean blood sugar levels in the afternoon and evening tests were similar, and they were both significantly higher than those in the morning test. Plasma immunoreactive insulin levels, however, were highest in the morning test. The pattern of insulin levels during the afternoon and evening tests resembled that described as typical of maturity-onset diabetes.