Early symptoms of type 2 diabetes often go undetected, and late detection can lead to long-term complications, including heart disease, nerve damage, and retinopathy. Screening for type 2 diabetes in the emergency department could reveal thousands of previously undiagnosed cases each year, EurekAlert! October 3 reports.
These findings were presented at the annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes in Hamburg, which is currently happening until October 6. The study included 1,388 patients without a diabetes diagnosis who visited an emergency room (ER) at a hospital in England and were selected at random. The patients were screened for type 2 diabetes using a glycated hemoglobin test that gives an indication of average blood glucose levels over the previous months along with a questionnaire about risk factors.
Among the findings:
The findings indicate that there are tens of thousands of undiagnosed prediabetes and diabetes cases that could be diagnosed through routine ER screening.Read More >>