Muffin test holds promise for detecting early signs of diabetes

10/26/2011 | Reuters

A study in Menopause revealed that eight out of 73 women who ate a muffin, rather than drinking the standard sugary solution in an oral glucose tolerance test, were found to have impaired glucose tolerance, and more than half of the cases would have been missed by a regular blood glucose test after fasting. Researchers also found that the muffin test was able to diagnose two of 12 women with early signs of diabetes, compared with only one diagnosis in those who had the standard test. The researchers said muffins are cheaper and less likely to cause stomach upset than the sugary drink, but other experts said standardization and convenience may be an issue with using muffins.

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