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Test to Spot Pre-diabetes Developed

by Rajashri on  September 2, 2008 at 6:00 PM Diabetes News   - G J E 4
 Test to Spot Pre-diabetes Developed
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore have developed a reliable test to spot the disease in the early stage. This test provides hope that the condition may be prevented from progressing out of control.
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Lead researcher Gerald Hart says that early stages of the disease, scientifically known as "pre-diabetes", are characterised by increased reaction rates between sugars called hexosamines and proteins in the body.

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According to him, the results can be seen in the blood as raised levels of a particular sugar, known as O-linked ß-N-acetylglucosamine.

Hart says that the new test can help measure levels of this compound and, thereby, diagnose pre-diabetes.

The researchers hope that people with pre-diabetes can be made aware of their condition in this way, and recommended necessary dietary changes to prevent the development of full-blown diabetes, reports New Scientist magazine.

Source: ANI
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