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Minerva Minerva


BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 29 January 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:324

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Jelly beans for GTT

Dear Sir,

I was intrigued by Minerva's item on the use of jelly beans
for glucose tolerance testing. As a paediatrician I sometimes need to do
GTTs in children (usually to confirm insulin resistance in obese subjects,
rather than to diagnose diabetes). Many of our small clients clamp their
jaws firmly shut when they taste the glucose solution but might enjoy
eating jelly beans instead. Are all jelly beans the same? Does size or
manufacturer matter? Normally, the amount of glucose administered depends
on the size of the child - presumably one could derive a formula relating
number of jelly beans to grams of glucose. I would welcome further
information on this subject.

Ref. Minerva BMJ 2000;320:324 (29 January)

Vaseem Hakeem

Consultant paediatrician

West Middlesex University Hospital,
Twickenham Road,
Middx TW7 6AF

Competing interests: No competing interests

07 February 2000
Vaseem Hakeem