Glucose: The simple sugar (monosaccharide) that serves as the chief source of energy in the body. Glucose is the principal sugar the body makes. The body makes glucose from proteins, fats and, in largest part, carbohydrates. Glucose is carried to each cell through the bloodstream. Cells, however, cannot use glucose without the help of insulin. Glucose is also known as dextrose.
Glucose may be consumed or given IV to increase the level of blood glucose when the level falls too low (hypoglycemia). In hypoglycemia, cells cannot function normally, and symptoms develop such as nervousness, cool skin, headache, confusion, convulsions or coma. Ingested glucose is absorbed directly into the blood from the intestine and results in a rapid increase in the blood glucose. IV glucose acts even more rapidly to relieve hypoglycemia.
n. A monosaccharide sugar, C 6 H 12 O 6 , occurring widely in most plant and animal tissue. It is the principal circulating sugar in the blood and the major energy ...
Describes how the blood glucose test is used, when a glucose test is ordered, and what the results of a blood glucose test might mean
A blood glucose test measures the amount of a type of sugar, called glucose, in your blood. Glucose comes from carbohydrate foods.
Glucose is a simple sugar. monosaccharide) and an important carbohydrate in biology. Cells. use it as the primary source of energy and a metabolic intermediate.
GENERIC NAME: glucose BRAND NAME: none. DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Glucose is a simple sugar (monosaccharide) that is used to increase the level of blood glucose when the ...