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Date:6/5/2009

testing might not be available.

"We're not discarding those tests. We just think that A1C is the preferred method in 2009, and that the world should be moving towards that universally," Nathan said.

Many physicians have already been doing so, added Dr. Spyros Mezitis, an endocrinologist with Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

"The change is consistent with the direction practice has been going," he said. "And tight glucose control is still our focus."

More information

There's more on the A1C test at the American Diabetes Association.



SOURCES: Spyros Mezitis, M.D., Ph.D., endocrinologist, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City; June 5, 2009, teleconference with David M. Nathan, M.D., director, Diabetes Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, and professor, medicine, Harvard Medical School, and Paul Robertson, M.D., president, medicine and science, American Diabetes Association


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