Researchers funded by the industry say that they’ve developed a way to improve the accuracy of a standard diabetes test, an article published on US government website medlineplus said in its October 5 story.
Saying that for millions of diabetics worldwide, the A1c test forms the basis of their treatment. In the United States alone, the article informs that over 29 million Americans have diabetes, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The A1c test “measures how much sugar a person’s blood cells have soaked up since the time the cells were produced”.
“We think our approach will enable many patients and their doctors to do a better job controlling blood sugar levels and reduce the long-term risks of heart attack, stroke, blindness and kidney failure” associated with diabetes, said Dr. John Higgins, associate professor of systems biology at Harvard Medical School in Boston.
At issue is the HbA1c test, also known as the A1c test, which is used to diagnose diabetes. It also identifies people with pre-diabetes and provides insight into how well blood sugar is controlled over a three-month period among those monitoring their disease.
The A1c test “measures how much sugar a person’s blood cells have soaked up since the time the cells were produced,” Higgins said.