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Diabetologia. 2012 Jun;55(6):1564-7. doi: 10.1007/s00125-012-2510-8. Epub 2012 Mar 8.

HbA1c in type 2 diabetes diagnostic criteria: addressing the right questions to move the field forwards.

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BHF Glasgow Cardiovascular Research Centre, University of Glasgow, 126 University Place, Glasgow G12 8TA, UK. naveed.sattar@glasgow.ac.uk

Abstract

This commentary aims to move the debate regarding the adoption of HbA(1c) for diagnosis of type 2 diabetes forwards by highlighting the need to avoid addressing irrelevant questions, in particular, comparison of individuals diagnosed with different diagnostic criteria. Instead, we provide a list of important future questions, including whether adoption of HbA(1c) as the primary diagnostic test improves uptake of diabetes screening, with resultant earlier diagnosis and improvement in outcomes.

PMID:
22398646
DOI:
10.1007/s00125-012-2510-8
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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