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Determining the Accuracy of Diabetes Tests

Dec 5, 2020
 
Editor: David L. Joffe, BSPharm, CDE, FACA

Author: Shana Indawala, PharmD Candidate, University of South Florida Health, Taneja College of Pharmacy

A meta-analysis on the accuracy, sensitivity, and specificity of the index tests for early detection in type 2 diabetes.  

Early detection of diabetes through screening may provide benefits including leading to the lesser or delayed incidence of microvascular and macrovascular complications of the eyes, kidneys, nerves, feet, and heart. Most diabetes and prediabetes screening across the globe involves questionnaires/risk scoring tools and tests involving fasting plasma glucose, HbA1c, and random blood glucose. The ADA guidelines adopted the HbA1c of 6.5% as the cut off for type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). However, there is little information regarding the accuracy of the diagnostic tests for T2DM and prediabetes....

 

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