Fast Five Quiz: How Well Do You Know the Risk Factors and Treatment Indications for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus?

Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD

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April 25, 2017

Binding of glucose to hemoglobin A is a nonenzymatic process that occurs over the lifespan of a red blood cell, which averages 120 days. Measurement of A1c thus reflects plasma glucose levels over the preceding 2-3 months.

A1c measurements are the criterion standard for monitoring long-term glycemic control. In the past, A1c measurements were not considered useful for the diagnosis of diabetes mellitus because of a lack of international standardization and insensitivity for the detection of milder forms of glucose intolerance.

For more on the workup of type 2 diabetes, read here.

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