Innovations in Diabetes: A1C Hemoglobin Testing

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Since the first diagnosis of diabetes researchers have been attempting to find easier methods of diagnosing the severity of a patient’s diabetes. The only way was to have a patient take his or her blood sugar several times everyday take those results and place them in a daily journal. They would then have to take the results presented by the patient and place them either into a computer program for results evaluation or they would have to do the more tedious results of breaking down the results using a calculator. These methods would give them blood glucose trends for these small sections of the day. This leaves a question as to what the patients’ blood glucose is doing the rest of the untested period of time. Scientists and researchers have now solved this dilemma with the discovery of the use of the hemoglobin A1C test. This discovery gives medical practioners the ability to find out their patients average blood glucose during the last two to three months. This is discussed in the article “International Expert Committee Report on the Role of the A1C Assay in the Diagnosis of Diabetes”. In this article the American Diabetes Society along with the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) has made the determination that the A1C test should be used as the determining factor for the diagnosis of diabetes. “The committee examined data from three cross-sectional epidemiological studies that included an Egyptian population (n = 1,018), Pima Indians (n = 960), and the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) population (n=2,821)” (Nathan et al., 2009).The committee chairman stated in regards to diabetes care,” this is the first major departure in 30 year... ... middle of paper ... ...mportant asset to managing and diagnosing diabetes. Although it does not work with all populations it does work with the majority of cases and it is not as cost effective as other testing it does deliver a more accurate result as to what is going on with the patient. It has also more convenient for the patient as there is no fasting or drinking of sickly sweet drinks to get a determination of true diabetes. I believe that as doctor offices and insurances become more aware of its benefits it will become more widely used. This would help the diabetic patient to more properly control this disease and its associated complications. Works Cited Nathan, D. M., Balkau, B., Bonora, E., Borch-Johnson, K., Buse, J. B., & Colagiuri, S. et al. (2009). International Expert Committee Report on the Role of the A1C Assay in the Diagnosis of Diabetes. Diabetes Care, 32, 1327-1334.

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