21 September 2010

Blood markers for Type 2 diagnosis or risk?

This is an interesting article. It is covered by at least two sources – A Sweet Life on September 17, 2010, and by Dr. Bill Quick on September 19, 2010. The good news came out of a study that was not originally about diabetes. Even those in charge of the study were surprised at the outcome.

Dr. Quick titles his blog “A New Test for Diabetes?”, but I have to wonder where else this may lead. It is true we need more accurate tests for determining whether someone has type 2 diabetes, prediabetes, or not. The current tests are not as reliable as they could be. The A1c is the least reliable and the OGTT still misses too many that have diabetes.

While there will need to be more study about this, at least those doing the study recognized that they were on to something and did not ignore what the data was telling them.

This is something that I hope will be researched as rapidly as possible with the possibility of having a more accurate test for determining who is at high risk for developing diabetes and those that are not. This could possibly be extended to developing a precise test for those that have diabetes and what stage they are at.

Dreaming? Possibly, but this is for diagnosis value and at present not of curative value.

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