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Single-sample confirmatory testing for diabetes shows high predictive value

Researchers used a cohort of 12,268 individuals without diagnosed diabetes at baseline from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities study and found that the single-sample confirmatory testing had a 98.1% specificity, which increased to 99.6% by 15 years, and a 54.9% sensitivity in identifying patients with diabetes during the first five years. The findings in the Annals of Internal Medicine revealed that the single-sample confirmatory testing also had an 88.7% 15-year predictive value, compared with 71.1% for unconfirmed cases.

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