New Tests Available to Detect Pre-Diabetes

A couple well-known hospitals and teams of scientists are in the midst of developing more than a few new ways to detect pre-diabetes. Obliviously this is wonderful news especially for people who have a high risk already for becoming diabetic. It is good news as well for people who want to take preventative measures to avoid diabetes.

One thing all of the scientists agree upon is the need to be able to detect people who are at risk for diabetes. With lifestyle and diet changes many people who would have become diabetic have a much higher chance of avoiding it now than ever before thanks to these new tests.

John Hopkins Test

Scientists at John Hopkins University School of Medicine have discovered an enzyme in the red blood cells of people with diabetes and those who are pre-diabetic. The actual test is a simple blood test that many people have done on a routine basis as part of a physical. If there is a concern about diabetes, the lab can look for the newly found enzyme and if it is found in several cases, it will be early enough for doctors to treat the pre-diabetic and reserve it before the individual develops diabetes!

Light Device Test - “The Scout”

The light device was created by a group of doctors, microbiologists and engineers. The test takes about one minute. The light is focused on the skin and shines different wavelengths on usually the arm or another limb. The process is more complex than a blood test but it offers quicker results and no needle stick.

These are just two of the tests that are being used or are in the developmental stages to help diagnose pre-diabetes.

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