Researchers find new way to identify people with pre-diabetes


A patient takes a blood glucose test during an event aimed to help people with diabetes to cope with their illness at Saint Luka diagnostics medical center in Sofia, November 13, 2012. Picture taken November 13, 2012. Reuters/Stoyan Nenov
Measuring the fatty acids in the blood will help determine if a person is pre-diabetic, a new study finds.
Pre-diabetes refers to a condition in which blood glucose levels are higher than normal, although not high enough to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. While the condition has no signs or symptoms, researchers from University of Hawaii Cancer Center say their findings may allow physicians to warn patients years before the onset of the chronic disease.
“Currently there are no clinical tests that tell you the likelihood of developing diabetes, only exams that tell you, for example, if someone that is pre-diabetic has relatively high blood sugar or insulin levels,” says Dr Wei Jia, the director of the university’s Cancer Center’s Metabolomics Shared Resources Program.
He says knowing about one’s risk of having diabetes in a few years is an important discovery. This allows people to get tested for the disease during physical exams in the future. Pre-diabetic

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