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Recently Discovered Diabetes “Biomarker” Could Lead to Earlier Detection

Mar 3, 2009

If the blood tests prove reliable, it will mark a significant step in diabetes research because currently, there is no reliable way to detect the imminent onset of the disease.

A complex sugar derived from glucose during the body’s metabolic processes could be a way to reliably detect a pre-diabetes condition, say researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. If it does, the “biomarker” (an indicator of an organism’s state of health) could provide enough early warning that patients nearing the onset of type 2 diabetes could take steps to slow or even halt it through lifestyle changes.

The sugar, called O-linked N-acetylglucosamine, helps modulate cells’ protein expression in response to the body’s nutrient and stress levels, and it also affects insulin resistance.

The next step in research is to see if reliable blood tests based on sampling O-GlcNAc levels can be developed. If so, it will mark a significant step in diabetes research because currently, there is no reliable way to detect the imminent onset of the disease.


Categories: Diabetes, Diabetes, Insulin, Medications Research, Type 2 Issues, Type 2 Medications



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Posted by seashore on 10 March 2009

Dr. De Fronzo, a Banting award recipient, reported, in a spring 2008 ADA meting, that 80% of the beta cells are typically lost by the time a patient is diagnosed with diabetes. The obvious solution is to set much lower levels on the criteria used to diagnose diabetes.

If every patient with an A1c value of 6.0% or greater were classified as diabetic, the problem would greatly improve. All diabetics should be placed on low-carb diets. However, the confused ADA places diabetics on low-fat diets, which results in high carb diets and makes the diabetes worse.


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