Finally, a diabetes test is here that is definitely worth it.
The experts have figured out a mathematical formula for improving the standard diabates test by several degrees. This approach will probably enable physicians and their patients to control the blood sugar levels of the latter.
Also the high risk of heart attack, stroke, blindness and kidney disease that is linked with diabetes will be reduced. The central focus is the HbA1c test which is also known as the A1c test. It is a major test meant to diagnose diabetes.
This test measures pre-diabetes too. It also tracks blood sugar levels over a period of three months. The amount of glucose a person’s cells soak up is measured in a highly fine-tuned way.
Since the inception of these cells, they have become sensitive to sugar levels. Before this test was in existence, the only thing which was known with certainty was the person’s sugar levels.
Yet the most effective treatment could only be administered if the sugar levels in the cells since the erstwhile checkup could be known with any certainty. Tha A1c test provided this for the first time in the history of mankind.
Millions of diabetes patients have employed this special test to better their prospects as sufferers from this “sweet sickness” of a disease that causes so much devastation with the passage of time.
In the United States alone 29 million people have diabetes. These statistics come to us courtesy of the CDC. Yet there lies the rub that this test can be inaccurate some of the time.
There is much debate as to the margin of error. The problem seems to be that many of the patients do not check their A1c values often enough. This causes the anomalous readings to appear out of nowhere.
In order to rectify this situation, a mathematical formula or algorithm was used to analyze the blood sugar levels in the test. Thus variations in the age of the blood cells in the test were measured thanks to this math method.
The hemoglobin in the RBCs accumulates blood glucose over time and this is a major reason behind the differences in reading values. Over 200 patients were included in the study, according to WebMD.
The extra expenses of this upgrading of the test were not gone into by the researchers. Lab methodology will benefit from this new algorithm in matters having to do with the future of diabetes tests.
The findings of this study got published in the journal Science Translational Medicine.