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Diurnal Variation of Oral Glucose Tolerance: a Possible Pointer to the Evolution of Diabetes Mellitus

Br Med J 1969; 2 doi: (Published 10 May 1969) Cite this as: Br Med J 1969;2:341
  1. R. J. Jarrett,
  2. H. Keen


    Possible diurnal variation in the blood sugar response to oral glucose was studied by comparing, in the same individuals, the results of oral glucose tolerance tests performed in the morning and the afternoon. In a group of normal individuals the blood sugar levels were significantly higher in the afternoon. In hyperglycaemic individuals the diurnal variation decreased as the blood sugar levels reached during the morning test increased, so that in a group of grossly hyperglycaemic men the mean morning and afternoon tests were almost identical. The causes of this diurnal variation are not known.