NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms
The NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms features 8,034 terms related to cancer and medicine.
- glycemic index
- listen (gly-SEE-mik IN-dex)
- A measure of the increase in the level of blood glucose (a type of sugar) caused by eating a specific carbohydrate (food that contains sugar) compared with eating a standard amount of glucose. Foods with a high glycemic index release glucose quickly and cause a rapid rise in blood glucose. Foods with a low glycemic index release glucose slowly into the blood. A relationship between the glycemic index and recurrent colorectal cancer is being studied.