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April 15, 2009

Hemoglobin A1c Poised to Become Preferred Test for Diagnosing Diabetes

JAMA. 2009;301(15):1528. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.479

Measuring hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) levels, a method to monitor glucose control in patients with diabetes, appears to be on the threshold of official recognition as the preferred diagnostic test for the disease.

The American Diabetes Association (ADA), along with the European Association for the Study of Diabetes and the International Diabetes Federation, will likely propose using HbA1c as the preferred diagnostic test when revised recommendations are published later this year (American Diabetes Association. Diabetes Care. 2009;32[suppl 1]:S13-S61]).

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