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What an interesting project! What plants are you testing? I used to work in a lab where we performed islet transplants (cells of the pancreas that produce insulin) to try and find out if transplantation could be a cure for type I diabetes. Most people use a benchmark of between 200-300 mg/dl blood glucose on two occasions as diabetic (we used 240mg/dl). A normal mouse will have a blood glucose of around 100 mg/dl (between 60-130) after a 4 hour fast (this is close to humans, where 80-120 is considered normal). Directly after a meal, before the insulin has had time to kick in and pull the glucose out of the blood stream, it may spike up higher, but it should return down to around 100mg/dl again. You can also measure urinary glucose, in which case 500mg/dl is considered diabetic.
I hope this helps and good luck!
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