American Diabetes Association Recommends Simple Blood Test

June 8, 2009 by

A medical group has recommended a simple blood test be used by doctors to diagnose diabetes cases in patients
A medical group has recommended a simple blood test be used by doctors to diagnose diabetes cases in patients.

The medical test would involve drawing blood and analyzing it to find out average blood sugar levels for the previous week or 2, the findings of which could be used to determine a diabetes diagnosis.

Currently there are a number of different tests used to diagnose the disease, some of which involve the patient actually fasting before the tests are performed.

The new blood test is called the A1C test, as the test measures damage to hemoglobin which is a sign of diabetes.

“Testing for diabetes using A1C is more convenient and easier for patients who will no longer be required to perform a fasting or oral glucose tolerance test,” said Dr. David Nathan from Harvard Medical School.

According to the American Diabetes Association there are more than 24 million Americans living with diabetes.

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