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Current screening test for prediabetes in children misses the diagnosis too often
Date:6/15/2008

ould not have had their condition recognized," Morrison said.

The same was true for the metabolic syndrome. Of the children in the study, 12.8 percent had a diagnosis of this syndrome (based on International Diabetes Federation pediatric criteria) using the glucose stress test, compared with just 5.2 percent using the standard test, the authors reported.

Prediabetes and the metabolic syndrome usually cause no obvious symptoms. Early detection is important because changes in diet, regular exercise, and moderate weight loss can help prevent or delay diabetes and the metabolic syndrome. Although adults receive diabetes screening with either blood test, children typically do not get the 2-hour glucose stress test, Morrison said.

"The commonest reasons are the increased time, inconvenience, and cost required for 2-hour testing," she said. "But this research suggests that the recommended test for screening obese children for prediabetes and metabolic syndrome should be changed."


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