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Screening for DM at Dental Visit May Be Effective Strategy

Researchers find testing blood from mouth is as accurate as finger prick at diagnosing condition

FRIDAY, Feb. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The dentist’s office may be a good place to screen people for diabetes, according to new research published online Feb. 25 in the American Journal of Public Health.

The New York University study of 408 dental patients found that blood collected from the mouth during dental procedures was 99 percent as accurate for hemoglobin A1c testing as finger-prick blood samples.

While diabetes screening at dental visits can help all people at risk for the disease, those aged 45 and older would likely get the greatest benefit, the researchers said in a New York University news release.

“In light of findings from the study, the dental visit could be a useful opportunity to conduct diabetes screening among at-risk, undiagnosed patients — an important first step in identifying those who need further testing to determine their diabetes status,” principal investigator Shiela Strauss, Ph.D., said in the news release. She is an associate professor of nursing and co-director of the Statistics and Data Management Core for New York University’s Colleges of Nursing and Dentistry.

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