Study: Race seems to affect results of the hemoglobin A1c test

09/6/2010 | Reuters Health

Danish scientists compared results of two diabetes tests -- the oral glucose tolerance test and the hemoglobin A1c test -- for three groups and found that Inuits were more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes than Danish participants because they tend to have a higher hemoglobin A1c level, even when blood glucose is considered at all levels. Use of the hemoglobin A1c test likely will result in more ethnic groups being diagnosed with diabetes, leading to "substantial consequences for the healthcare system in terms of diabetes treatment and management," researchers wrote.

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