Navigation Links
Current Blood Sugar Control Test Results 'Inaccurate'

Study says measurement underestimates true glucose control in hemodialysis patients

FRIDAY, Feb. 22 (HealthDay News) -- The current standard test for measuring blood sugar control in people with diabetes gives inaccurate results for people on kidney hemodialysis, a U.S. study finds.

Hemodialysis, used to treat patients with kidney failure, involves cleansing blood by circulating it through an artificial kidney machine.

This Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center study of 307 diabetes patients -- 258 with end-stage kidney disease and 49 who didn't have kidney failure -- found that the HbA1c test underestimated true glucose control in hemodialysis patients. The report is published in the journal Kidney International.

These results suggest that the almost 200,000 diabetic hemodialysis patients in the United States who use this test may not be receiving optimal care for their blood sugar, study senior author Dr. Barry J. Freedman, a professor of internal medicine and nephrology, said in a prepared statement.

Diabetic patients on hemodialysis who believe their blood sugar levels are in the ideal range may actually have unacceptably high blood sugar levels, he noted.

"This was a surprise to the nephrology community. The test we've all come to accept as the gold standard has proven to be inaccurate in this patient population," Freedman said.

He said doctors and patients need to be aware that the HbA1c test underestimates glucose control.

This study was funded by Asahi Kasei Pharma Corp. of Japan, which makes a newer test that measures the amount of blood sugar that's reacted with albumin, a protein in the plasma. The GA (glycated albumin) test is not available in the United States.

More information

The National Kidney Foundation has more about hemodialysis.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, news release, February 2008

Copyright©2008 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Wild Childs Quit Nits Offers a Safe, Natural Alternative to Current Toxic Head Lice Products
2. American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Supports Current Labeling of Allergans Botox(R) Products
3. Senate Finance Committee Recommends Ways That Medicare Can Enhance Current Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI)
4. Bayer Establishes US Special Access Program for Leukine(R) While Replacing Current Liquid Formulation
5. Synutra International, Inc. Amends August 2005 Current Report on Form 8-K and Annual Report on Form 10-K for the Fiscal Year Ended March 31, 2007
6. Physicians Want to Learn From Medical Mistakes But Say Current Error-Reporting Systems are Inadequate
7. Kenneth A. Sylvia Named as New Publisher of Current Psychiatry
8. Quintiles Transnational Forms New Ownership Team with Current Investors Gillings, TPG and Temasek Joined by Bain Capital and 3i
9. Study On Revatrol NOT Based on Current Formulation - the Revatrol Sample Used Was More Than Nine Months Out-Of-Date, says Renaissance Health Publishing
10. Kiadis Pharma Continues to Provide Rhitol to Participating Physicians During Completion of Current Clinical Study
11. Early Results of Phase 2 Trial of Perifosine (KRX-0401) for the Treatment of Recurrent Malignant Gliomas Presented at the 12th Annual Scientific Meeting of Society for Neuro-Oncology
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
Current Blood Sugar Control Test  Results 'Inaccurate'
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... Experts from the American ... Annual Research Meeting June 26-28, 2016, at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. ... including advance care planning, healthcare costs and patient and family engagement. , AIR ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... , ... First Choice Emergency Room , the largest network of independent ... Director of its new Mesquite-Samuell Farm facility. , “We are pleased to announce ... Dr. James M. Muzzarelli, Executive Medical Director of First Choice Emergency Room. , ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... 25, 2016 , ... Conventional wisdom preaches the benefits of moderation, whether it’s ... setting the bar too high can result in disappointment, perhaps even self-loathing. However, those ... goal. , Research from reveals that behind the tendency to ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Marcy was in a crisis. Her son James, eight, was ... his family verbally and physically. , “When something upset him, he couldn’t control his emotions,” ... He would throw rocks at my other children and say he was going to kill ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Comfort Keepers® of San ... Society and the Road To Recovery® program to drive cancer patients to and from ... adults to ensure the highest quality of life and ongoing independence. Getting to ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016  Collagen Matrix, ... design, development and manufacturing of collagen and mineral ... announced today that Bill Messer has ... Marketing to further leverage the growing portfolio of ... devices. Bill joins the Collagen Matrix ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Va. , June 24, 2016 The ... set of recommendations that would allow biopharmaceutical ... (HCEI) with entities that make formulary and coverage decisions, ... the "value" of new medicines. The recommendations ... does not appear on the drug label, a prohibition ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... 24, 2016   Pulmatrix, Inc ., (NASDAQ: ... inhaled drugs, announced today that it was added to ... its comprehensive set of U.S. and global equity ... an important milestone for Pulmatrix," said Chief Executive Officer ... of our progress in developing drugs for crucial unmet ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: