Preferred testing method by American Diabetes Association fails detecting diabetes in kids

Diabetes in children is a growing problem in today’s society as we see an ever increasing number of children becoming obese and the Centers for Disease Control estimating that approximately 2.5 million children in the US qualify for diabetes screening.

The problem is that a new study is showing that the long accepted test, Hemoglobin A1c, that measures longer-term blood sugar levels, without requiring that patients fast overnight, is not an accurate way to test for diabetes in children.

In fact the lead author of the study, Joyce M. Lee, M.D., M.P.H., and pediatric endocrinologist at U-M’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital says that the current test fails to identify two out of three children who participated in the study.

While the American Academy of Pediatrics hasn’t endorsed the the use of the Hemoglobin A1c test there is the concern that if they do more providers will use these testing methods and thereby potentially missing a large number of children who could have diabetes.

Researchers intend to use their data to drive future recommendations about screening for diabetes.

“We are currently studying whether the promising nonfasting tests, including the 1-hour glucose challenge test or the random glucose, could be used in combination with clinical characteristics to better identify which children have prediabetes or diabetes,” says Lee.

via Science Daily