Glucose Effect on Diabetic and Non Diabetic Blood

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BSC 120
Glucose Effect on Diabetic and Non Diabetic Blood
Abstract: This lab was developed to investigate blood glucose and diabetes. Diabetes is a lifelong chronic disease in which there are high levels of sugar in the blood (Diabetes). The spectrophotometer was applied to this lab to determine the absorbance of blood glucose in diabetic and non-diabetic blood samples. In order to prove this, tests were conducted by taking the blood samples at different times right before a meal was eaten then 30, 60, 90, and 120 minutes after the meal. The 6 test tubes had been placed in the spectrophotometer to measure the absorbance of blood glucose in the diabetic and non-diabetic blood. It was hypothesized that people with diabetes will absorb more
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Based on the data the lab was pretty accurate to the hypothesis. Also according to the line graph in part C clearly shows the absorbance of glucose is much higher in the diabetic blood than non-diabetic. The graph appears accurate by looking at the data presented from table 7.1. By absorbing more light this shows that blood sugar (glucose) is being stored in the body’s bloodstream instead of being pushed into the cell by insulin. Human error was very present in this lab experiment in the sense that if the liquid was measured out in the wrong test tube the experiment is easily inaccurate. I suggest that the student understand the lab allowing for greater understanding of the results and the data that is being presented. The data collected supported the hypothesis. All in all this lab went very well and thoroughly supported the hypothesis that diabetic blood was more absorbent and blood glucose remains higher longer in diabetic blood.

Works Cited:
Boyer, Brett “Comprehensive handbook of clinical health psychology.” (2007) Ch. 8. Google Scholar. Web 15 Oct. 2009.
"Diabetes - PubMed Health." PubMed Health. Ed. David Zieve and David R. Eltz. U.S. National Library of Medicine, 31 Aug. 2011. Web. 14 Nov. 2011. <>.
Weinstein, Susan “Table 7.1. Absorbance data for non-diabetic and diabetic “blood” samples during a 2 hour time period.” Marshall University BSC


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