According to the results of a large diabetes study published today on the British Medical Journal website, a new and simple score could help predict the risks of developing type 2 diabetes . This could allow healthcare professionals to proactively intervene and prevent the onset of diabetes complications .
The diabetes score is based on electronic health record information and does not need a lab test. GPs and nurses can use the score in routine clinical practice and it could be rolled out as part of a national screening programme.
The QDScore was used to identify variations in diabetes and ethnicity, and highlighted differences in type 2 diabetes rates by social deprivation. The QDScore appears to be extremely practical and accurate, according to the study.

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