obesity is linked with an increased threat for diabetes type 2. Identification
of impaired fasting glucose in adolescents can result in better intervention
and evaluation of impaired glucose level.
body mass index (BMI), the tool for the assessment of glucose impairment (TAG-IT)
for adolescents (TAG-IT-A) is an easy screening test for identifying deranged
fasting glucose levels in adolescents.
D. DuBose, PhD, of East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, and colleagues
evaluated data from 3,050 adolescents in the age group of 12-18 years in order
to validate the effectiveness of TAG-IT-A. These volunteers have formerly
participated in National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) in
data was evaluated to determine whether the values recorded fasting glucose >100mg/dL.
experts noticed that gender, age, body mass index and resting heart rate are
important indicators of impaired fasting glucose in adolescents.
when compared with body mass index was found to be a better indicator of
impaired fasting glucose.
said, "The TAG-IT-A tool is a simple measure that uses variables that can be
obtained in community settings, and it is modestly better than BMI alone in
predicting risk for impaired fasting glucose."
was concluded that TAG-IT-A score is an easy and simple screening tool that can
be used to identify impaired fasting glucose in adolescents.
important point noted was that longitudinal studies are required to determine
whether adolescents with high TAG-IT-A are prone to develop diabetes type 2 in
Development and Validation of a Tool for
Assessing Glucose Impairment in Adolescents; Katrina DuBose et al; Preventive
Chronic Diseases 2012