Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Simple Blood Test In Doctor's Office Could Detect New Cases Of Diabetes

Date:
January 14, 2002
Source:
Center For The Advancement Of Health
Summary:
A simple blood test given in the doctor's office could identify millions of patients with previously undetected diabetes, new research reveals. The findings, published in the January issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine, also suggest that three easily assessed risk factors can be used to identify the best candidates for the test.

A simple blood test given in the doctor's office could identify millions of patients with previously undetected diabetes, new research reveals.

The findings, published in the January issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine, also suggest that three easily assessed risk factors can be used to identify the best candidates for the test.

Diabetes is one of the more prevalent and costly medical conditions in the United States, affecting an estimated 16 million people, about six percent of the population. It may go undiagnosed for years, damaging organs throughout the body, until symptoms appear. That makes early detection vital for the estimated five-million-plus Americans who have diabetes and don’t know it.

Current screening procedures for diabetes have not been proven cost-effective, and community-wide screening sessions where these procedures are used do not always result in medical follow-up with individual physicians, says lead author David Edelman, M.D., of the Durham Veterans’ Affairs Medical Center and Duke University Medical Center.

Moreover, these screenings rely on a blood sugar test that requires several hours of prior fasting and cannot always be administered on the spot.

To evaluate the feasibility of other, potentially more cost-effective screening techniques, Edelman and his colleagues selected a test (HgA1c) that accurately indicates blood sugar levels over the previous two to three months and can detect at least 75 percent of cases of diabetes, but does not require fasting.

Next, they administered this test to 1,253 patients during regular visits to their physicians at a Veterans’ Administration medical center.

The participants, primarily men, were age 45 to 64 and had never been diagnosed with diabetes. Finally, the investigators performed a more definitive test for diabetes – the fasting glucose test – on as many participants as possible who scored high on the first test.

The authors found that 4.5 percent of the study participants had diabetes, which had gone undetected even though they were under medical care.

This figure is similar to nationwide estimates of undiagnosed diabetes among men of this age and compares favorably with estimates that undiagnosed diabetes affects approximately two percent of the overall population.

According to Edelman, “This [finding] suggests that there is opportunity for diabetes case-finding even in populations receiving medical treatment.”

Other study findings indicate the new screening technique would detect almost as many cases of undiagnosed diabetes if performed only on patients with one or more of three risk factors: obesity, self-reported high blood pressure and family history of the disease. Such targeting would make the screening even more cost-effective.

Support for the research came from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Cooperative Studies and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Health Service Research and Development.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by Center For The Advancement Of Health. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

Center For The Advancement Of Health. "Simple Blood Test In Doctor's Office Could Detect New Cases Of Diabetes." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 14 January 2002. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2002/01/020114073827.htm>.
Center For The Advancement Of Health. (2002, January 14). Simple Blood Test In Doctor's Office Could Detect New Cases Of Diabetes. ScienceDaily. Retrieved September 15, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2002/01/020114073827.htm
Center For The Advancement Of Health. "Simple Blood Test In Doctor's Office Could Detect New Cases Of Diabetes." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2002/01/020114073827.htm (accessed September 15, 2014).

Share This



More Health & Medicine News

Monday, September 15, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Respiratory Virus Spreads To Northeast, Now In 21 States

Respiratory Virus Spreads To Northeast, Now In 21 States

Newsy (Sep. 14, 2014) The respiratory virus Enterovirus D68, which targets children, has spread from the Midwest to 21 states. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Shocker: Journalists Are Utterly Addicted To Coffee

Shocker: Journalists Are Utterly Addicted To Coffee

Newsy (Sep. 13, 2014) A U.K. survey found that journalists consumed the most amount of coffee, but that's only the tip of the coffee-related statistics iceberg. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Contagious Respiratory Illness Continues to Spread Across U.S.

Contagious Respiratory Illness Continues to Spread Across U.S.

Reuters - US Online Video (Sep. 12, 2014) Hundreds of children in several states have been stricken by a serious respiratory illness that is spreading across the U.S. Linda So reports. Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com
Ebola Batters Sierra Leone Economy Too

Ebola Batters Sierra Leone Economy Too

Reuters - Business Video Online (Sep. 12, 2014) The World Health Organisation warns that local health workers in West Africa can't keep up with Ebola - and among those countries hardest hit by the outbreak, the economic damage is coming into focus, too. As David Pollard reports, Sierra Leone admits that growth in one of the poorest economies in the region is taking a beating. Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:
from the past week

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

    Technology News



    Save/Print:
    Share:

    Free Subscriptions


    Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

    Get Social & Mobile


    Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

    Have Feedback?


    Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
    Mobile: iPhone Android Web
    Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
    Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
    Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins