Could Diabetes Be Diagnosed at the Eye Doctor?

Could Diabetes Be Diagnosed at the Eye Doctor?

Cebu : Philippines | Jan 06, 2013 at 1:15 AM PST
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Prick Your Finger

Skooter reports 01/06/13

This is extremely important piece of health news, I believe. Researchers say that diabetes can be diagnosed in a new and fast way. It is by way of a simple finger prick test, and it is “where” that is most fascinating. Study says such diagnostic test is not only limited to your doctor’s office, but it can be opened up to a field of other offices such as the eye doctor.

The best health advice always lies with disease prevention, so they say. A finger-prick test can tell you where your fasting blood sugar levels sit, which could either indicate diabetes or show that you are going to develop diabetes. This way, early detection could actively prevent it by modifying your lifestyle.

Anyhow, the researchers believe that millions of people could be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes via a simple prick test during a routine eye exam. Earlier diagnosis could put people on the path to better handling of the disease. It recommends that screening for the condition in unconventional locations, such as opticians, chiropodists or dentists, could find those people who would not regularly visit their family doctor.

It is known that 150 million people worldwide have diabetes, but half of them don't know that they have it and that’s a fact.

It was found out that, out of 1,000 people visiting their opticians for an eye test who were found to have risk factors for type 2 diabetes, 32% were passed on to their doctor after having blood sugar levels checked. Consequently, 318 people were advised to see their doctor for additional tests, while five were told to get a check-up immediately. Overall, nine people were diagnosed with "prediabetes" and seven with type 2 diabetes.

As it shows, most screening for diabetes is done in medical settings. However, people just don't visit their doctors oftenly, so don't raise your eyebrows if you start seeing finger- prick tests in an unusual places. And if you do and if I were you, go ahead and take it. Take it from me. It surely can't hurt, and it could help save your life.

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Eye examination, with aid of slit lamp
skooter is based in Cebu, Central Visayas, Philippines, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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