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Age, Race May Affect Type 2 Diabetes Screening Results
Date:6/21/2010

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The standard oral glucose test discovered 40 cases of type 2 diabetes, the researchers found. On the other hand, the A1c test was less and less accurate as the patients' ages rose, only diagnosing about 55 percent of the cases among participants over the age of 72.

Among such elderly Asian patients, 6 percent is the best cutoff point, the authors said. And among patients under 72 years of age, 6.2 percent may be best.

"If clinicians screen elderly patients -- especially Asians -- using the hemoglobin A1c test, they should confirm the diagnosis using the oral glucose tolerance test," Tay stated in the news release.

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The American Diabetes Association has details about type 2 diabetes.



-- Alan Mozes



SOURCE: The Endocrine Society, news release, June 20, 2010


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