Public tests may also aid diabetes detection

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Blood sugar test may also aid diabetes detection
Posted in Diabetes by soumitri on August 9th, 2008

Blood Sugar Test May Also Aid Diabetes Detection | Health News US

A widely used test to
monitor blood sugar levels in people with diabetes could help identify
millions of people with undetected diabetes, according to a consensus
statement released by a team of experts.

The hemoglobin A1c test (HbA1c) shows how much glucose red blood cells
have been exposed to in the previous 120 days, the average life span of
the cells.

“The test is a measure of long-term glucose control, but doctors don’t
typically use it to screen for or diagnose the disease. There’s reason to
believe it could help identify many of the estimated six million people in
the U.S. who have diabetes but don’t know it,” Dr. Christopher Saudek,
director of the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Diabetes Center in Baltimore,
said in a Hopkins news release.

Current screening and diagnostic tests measure only the amount of sugar
present at the moment the blood sample is taken, which means the tests are
accurate only if patients fast for at least 10 hours prior to the test.
Even if a patient does fast that long, the test can still miss people who
have diabetes or are at high risk for the disease. That’s because glucose
also varies depending on a person’s diet and level of exercise for several
days before they provide a blood sample.


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