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Timing of CD4 count

Mar 28, 2004

Dr. Young,

Any problem having blood for T cell subset taken during a glucose tolerance test? Could the very concentrated serum levels of glucose raise or lower the CD4 and Cd8 counts? I know that glucose causes a rush to the metabolism,so I was wondering if this could falsely/temporarily raise or lower T cells.

Thank you.

Thank you.

Response from Dr. Young

Thanks for your question.

I'm not aware of any issues of testing T cells during a glucose tolerance test. Remember, that if you have a normal insulin response, that the glucose load during the test actually shouldn't significantly raise the glucose levels in the blood.

Thanks for reading. BY

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