Random blood glucose estimations on admission as a screening test for diabetes in an elderly population

K. Shotliff, A. Prasad

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Abstract

The prevalence of diabetes mellitus increases with advancing age but often remains undiagnosed. We examined the use of a blood glucose assay, performed on admission in 515 consecutive acute admissions, aged 65 years and over as an initial screening test for diabetes mellitus. Of these, 7.6% were previously known to have diabetes and 4.7% were newly diagnosed on the basis of subsequent fasting blood glucose estimations. Using a random blood glucose level ≥8.0mmol/1, 18.5% of those screened needed further investigation. Although this method has been used for many years to screen for diabetes a formal comparison with a glucose tolerance test is needed before it can be used as the sole screening test.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)186-187
Number of pages2
JournalPractical Diabetes International
Volume10
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993

Keywords

  • elderly population
  • fasting blood glucose
  • non‐insulin‐dependent diabetes mellitus
  • random blood glucose
  • screening

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

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