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Analysis of Hemoglobin A1C Levels in Blacks, Whites Reveals Racial Differences in Diabetes Diagnostic Thresholds, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Study


8/8/2012 7:59:18 AM

Healthcare providers should take into account differences among racial groups when using hemoglobin A1C levels to diagnose and monitor diabetes, new research from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center suggests. In a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers analyzed National Health and Nutrition Survey data from 2005 to 2008 to examine the association between hemoglobin A1C levels in black and white adults and the risk for retinopathy, an eye complication of diabetes that is detectable early in the disease and can ultimately lead to blindness.

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