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A1c Test Fails to Catch Most Diabetes Cases

The hemoglobin A1C test, a method often preferred for determining the prevalence of diabetes mellitus and normal glucose tolerance, tends to underestimate the prevalence of the disease, according to new research presented on March 23 at ENDO 2019 in New Orleans.

“The A1C test is very convenient,” says lead researcher Maria Mercedes Chang Villacreses, M.D., of the City of Hope, Duarte, Calif. “It doesn’t require prior preparation or fasting, and it is easier for the lab to perform because the sample can be analyzed later – it doesn’t denature,” she said.

By comparison, diagnosing diabetes through an oral glucose tolerance test is more intensive. During this test,…

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