Monday, June 8, 2009

CNN is Talking about HbA1c and Diabetes

CNN has a story about the HbA1c test for diabetes. Will we be changing the way we diagnose diabetes? Instead of using fasting glucose levels, will we rely on the HbA1c? That would eliminate the need for fasting (unless you're checking cholesterol levels). This is a very hot topic at the ADA (American Diabetes Association) 69th Scientific Sessions. Experts seem to be pushing for the HbA1c. Let's see what ends up happening. I know that many physician already use HbA1c to screen non-diabetic patients for possible diabetes. Insurance companies may not be paying for such tests, so maybe that's going to change.

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