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Does diabetes test have accuracy issues when used on children?

When a child is suffering from a condition and goes to a doctor, it is important that the doctor properly diagnoses this condition. The accuracy of a diagnosis can be affected by which diagnostic tests a doctor decides to use. Recently, a study has questioned whether a certain type of diabetes test is effective in detecting diabetes in children.

The study was conducted by the University of Michigan and its results were released on Wednesday. The study investigated a diabetes test called the hemoglobin A1c test. This test is reportedly commonly used by doctors to diagnose diabetes in children and adults.

The study reviewed the records of over 1,000 overweight youths who had received this test. Reportedly, from this review, the study's researchers discovered that the test sometimes failed to detect diabetic conditions that were present in the youths.

Thus, from this study, it appears that this test might have some accuracy issues when it is used on children. Consequently, one of the doctors connected to the study recommended that doctors not use this test by itself when diagnosing a child for diabetes. Rather, she suggested that it be used in conjunction with other tests.

If a child is suffering from diabetes, receiving a prompt and accurate diagnosis of this condition from a doctor can be important. This is because a proper diagnosis will allow the child to start being treated for this condition. Consequently, it is important that the tests doctors use to detect this condition in children are accurate.

Thus, one hopes that doctors and hospitals consider this study and others like it when deciding which tests to use when diagnosing a child for diabetes.

Source: The Detroit Free Press, "Study challenges use of diabetes test on children," Patricia Anstett, 24 February 2011

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