Diabetes monitoring test could fail black children

Mon, 10 May 2010
According to diabetes news, a test used to establish long-term blood sugar levels amongst patients with diabetes could give false readings for children from African backgrounds. A research team found that these results could lead to the wrong treatment and possibly major diabetes complications .

The study, published by Diabetes Care, researched 276 children with type 1 diabetes at a New Orleans hospital, all of whom had type 1 diabetes . The research highlighted that the test results could be skewed.

Dr. Stuart Chalew of the New Orleans School of Medicine reportedly commented: "If doctors don't take both HbA1c and self-monitored blood sugar levels into account, they are likely to unintentionally provoke increased episodes of life-threatening hypoglycaemia in African-American patients".
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