WHO report on HBA1c for diagnosis

A new test for diagnosing diabetes mellitus has been accepted by a WHO-backed group of experts, offering a more practical approach to test for the disease that affects over 220 million people worldwide. A report on a WHO expert consultation issued today on the diagnosis of diabetes recommends the acceptability of glycated haemoglobin, or HbA1c, as an additional test to diagnose this debilitating and deadly disease. Dr Ala Alwan, Assistant Director General of WHO's Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health Cluster, says the addition of a new test for diagnosing diabetes is a positive development, provided that stringent quality assurance tests are in place, measurements standardized and no conditions precluding HbA1c's accurate measurement. The full report can be downloaded here (pdf) www.who.int/cardiovascular_diseases/report-hba1c_2011_edited.pdf

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24th Annual Conference
13-14 Sept 2019

Barcelona, Spain