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Hemoglobin A1c and the Estimated Average Glucose


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Importance of Diagnosis

Slide 5

July 2009

Previous research trial groups, including the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (DCCT) and the United Kingdom Prospective Diabetes Study (UKPDS) both demonstrated a strong relationship between the level of plasma glucose control for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes and the risk of retinal, renal, and neurological complications.  Therefore, the critical importance on diagnosis of diabetes relates to the high prevalence of long term medical complications in diabetics, which in turn can have devastating effects on both the patients and place a burden on the health care system. It is estimated that one quarter of diabetics manifest complications at the time of diagnosis and there is an approximate 7 year gap between the onset of diabetes and clinical diagnosis.

Importance of Diagnosis


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