The validity of point-of-care glucometers referenced against the YSI 2300 Stat Plus during aerobic activity and an oral glucose tolerance test
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This thesis observes blood glucose and the dynamic changes that it undergoes within the human body. Blood glucose is carbohydrate located within the blood which is used for providing the body with energy in order to perform biological work. The level of carbohydrate in the blood will change dynamically depending on various factors such as exercising and fasting. Blood glucose is crucial to healthy metabolic function within the human body and it is important that it be monitored, especially in the case of diabetes. Various methods of measurement are used for reporting glucose levels ranging from the Yellow Spring Instruments 2300, the gold standard, to handheld glucose monitors. This thesis examines the dynamic nature of blood glucose using two separate protocols in a laboratory study. The protocols being used allow for the examination of fasting, exercising and post-prandial blood glucose levels in humans as well as the validity of the Nova Max Plus handheld glucose monitor. Since glucose is required for the healthy functioning of the human body, it is imperative that monitoring systems be validated in order to determine their efficacy.