Tuesday, November 11, 2008

New Screening Tool To Help Identify Patients With Prediabetes

“Analyzing data on 4,045 adults aged 20 to 64 years without diagnosed diabetes, researchers developed a clinical tool to assess the likelihood of fasting glucose impairment (a condition in which blood sugar levels are higher than normal) with the aim of identifying people who might have prediabetes or undiagnosed diabetes. The tool, named TAG-IT, uses six factors (age, sex, body mass index, family history of diabetes, heart rate and hypertension), all of which are either self-reported or easily measured, and can be pulled from most electronic health records. The authors assert that TAG-IT represents an improvement over BMI alone or a list of risk factors because of its utility in younger adult populations and its ability to provide physicians with a way to assess the risks of combinations of factors.”


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