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June 1991

Lipid Correlations With Hemoglobin A, in Asian Indian Diabetics

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Madras, India

Arch Intern Med. 1991;151(6):1227. doi:10.1001/archinte.1991.00400060137024

To the Editor.—  The influence of race on the relationships of hemoglobin A1 (Hb A1)1) to lipids was reported by Semenkovich et al.11 The authors observed a lack of significant positive correlation of Hb A1% to the concentrations of total cholesterol, triglycerides, and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol in black women.Others, along with me, made some observations in the freshly detected type II diabetic women in Madras, South India (V.R.K., V. Seshaiah, MD, A. Sundaram, MD, et al, unpublished observations, 1989). We found a lack of correlation of Hb A1 to triglycerides in women (n = 22; r=.069). The other coefficients were: Hb A1 vs total cholesterol: r=.492, P<.02; Hb A1 vs high-density lipoprotein cholesterol: r=.419 in women and Hb A1 vs total cholesterol: r=.391, P<.01; Hb A1 vs triglycerides: r=.524, P<.01; and Hb

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