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A Single Blood Sample May Be Sufficient to Diagnose Diabetes

July 5, 2018

From the Everyday Health website

More than 7 million Americans with diabetes don’t know they have the disease, and in addition, many millions may unknowingly have prediabetes, a borderline condition that typically precedes diabetes. But a simplified testing regimen may lead to more people being diagnosed and treated for the disease.

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have shown it’s possible to accurately diagnose type 2 diabetes by using a single blood sample. Current guidelines call for two separate blood tests to make a diagnosis. But some patients don’t follow up with the second test and remain undiagnosed and untreated, says Elizabeth Selvin, PhD, lead author of the study and a professor in the department of epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

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