Diagnosis

Hemoglobin A1c and Diagnosis of Diabetes in Adolescents

Dr. Fran Cogen Health Pro March 22, 2011
  • The diagnosis of diabetes has major ramifications for the family and child/adolescent and therefore must not be made without certainty. There are four ways to diagnose diabetes (all types including: type 1, type 2, type 1.5, gestational, permanent neonatal diabetes, MODY, steroid or medication induce...

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  • Ruby
    Aug. 15, 2011

    Dear Dr. Fran Cogen,

    It's a great pleasure to read your blog. I find your post very interesting. However, it should be given emphasis that a great deal of effort should be given with diagnosing diabetes in adolescents and children since this can lead to more serious problem.

    As a reader, I consider your writing to be a great example of a quality and globally...

    RHMLucky777

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    Dear Dr. Fran Cogen,

    It's a great pleasure to read your blog. I find your post very interesting. However, it should be given emphasis that a great deal of effort should be given with diagnosing diabetes in adolescents and children since this can lead to more serious problem.

    As a reader, I consider your writing to be a great example of a quality and globally competitive output. It would be a great thrill and honor if you could share your genuine ideas and knowledge to our community, Physician Nexus. With this you can gain 1000 physician readers from over 62 countries on Nexus.

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    • Dr. Fran Cogen
      Health Pro
      Aug. 15, 2011
      Thank you for your kind remarks-will check out. DrC
  • Natalie
    Mar. 24, 2011

    That was an interesting read. I don't think the A1c ALONE should ever be used to diagnose diabetes in anyone. As you say, the ramifications of a false diagnosis, or of a false negative are just too great.

    In 1991 (and as an adult), I had fastings of 138, and 3 months later 131, which would be diagnosable today. However, 2 months after that, I had an A1c of...

    RHMLucky777

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    That was an interesting read. I don't think the A1c ALONE should ever be used to diagnose diabetes in anyone. As you say, the ramifications of a false diagnosis, or of a false negative are just too great.

    In 1991 (and as an adult), I had fastings of 138, and 3 months later 131, which would be diagnosable today. However, 2 months after that, I had an A1c of 4.8. Fortunately, my diabetes progressed fairly rapidly, and I was diagnosed 2 years later, and was put on insulin within 5 months of diagnosis.

    So I am glad that you have a sensible approach to the diagnosis of diabetes, and Type 2 in particular, and I hope your colleagues follow your lead!

    • Dr. Fran Cogen
      Health Pro
      Mar. 24, 2011

      Natalie: Thank you for your comments and taking the time to read the post. There will certainly be more information re hb A1c in the future!

      DrC