Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine

2013 Edition
| Editors: Marc D. Gellman, J. Rick Turner

Impaired Glucose Tolerance

  • Barbara Mullan
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1005-9_1143



The US National Diabetes Data group (1979) first introduced the term impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) to indicate a state of increased risk of progressing to diabetes. It was defined to reduce the stigma of being labeled with diabetes and was also noted that many individuals with IGT could revert back to normal.

According to the World Health Organization and the International Diabetes Foundation (World Health Organization, 2006), IGT is diagnosed if 2-h plasma glucose levels are between 7.8 and 11.1 mmol/l or 140 mg/dl and 200 mg/dl as measured by the oral glucose tolerance test, or if fasting glucose levels are less than 7.0 mmol/l. Two-hour plasma glucose is the level of glucose or the venous plasma glucose 2 h after ingestion of 75 g of oral glucose load. Blood glucose levels normally rise after eating a meal and then gradually fall as the meal is digested. However, in people with impaired glucose tolerance, these levels remain elevated.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Medical Psychology & Evidence-based Decision-making, University of SydneySydneyAustralia