A common blood test, haemoglobin A1c test, can accurately identify whether or not an individual would develop diabetes, according to a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
For the study, researchers at the The IU School of Medicine and the Regenstrief Institute analysed the results of 1750 individuals with pre-diabetes.
The researchers report that hemoglobin A1c blood test, which has been routinely administered to diabetic patients for many years, can also pinpoint pre-diabetes.
Lead researcher Ronald Ackermann said that identifying more individuals with pre-diabetes through a simple test in a physician’s office offers a real opportunity to halt progression to the disease.
The A1c test is designed to measure the average blood glucose level over the past 8 to 12 weeks, reported researchers.