Blood test uncovers undiagnosed diabetes in hospital patients with high blood sugar

A retrospective review of medical records found the HbA1C test, commonly used to diagnose and manage diabetes, can effectively detect hidden disease among hospital patients with hyperglycemia, commonly known as high blood sugar.

Hyperglycemia is a frequent finding that can be related to physiologic stress, illness and medications, including steroids and vasopressors. Researchers from Touro University California and Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine reviewed the of 348 with hyperglycemia inpatients discovered at admission in a rural community teaching hospital in the Midwest. Of those patients, 50 had no known history of diabetes and 31 of them were given an HbA1C test, which measures the average blood glucose level over the previous eight to 12 weeks.

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