Diabetes is a tricky disease, often staying hidden until it’s already caused serious harm. One reason is that catching it early is hard and time-consuming.
But there’s good news from an international team led by Associate Professor Dr. Johannes Dietrich from Ruhr University Bochum in Germany.
They’ve come up with a way to spot diabetes early using just two blood values. Their findings are published in the Journal of Diabetes.
Hidden Danger of Diabetes
Dr. Dietrich points out that about 30% of people with diabetes don’t even know they have it. The current methods to find diabetes early aren’t sharp enough. They sometimes miss the disease or even give false alarms.
A New Approach with SPINA Carb
To tackle this problem, Dr. Dietrich and his team from Germany, India, Singapore, and the UK developed a new method. They call it SPINA Carb.
It’s a simple idea: Take a blood sample before breakfast and measure two things – insulin and glucose levels. These numbers go into a special equation that describes how the body manages blood sugar.
This equation gives a result called the static disposition index (SPINA-DI). It’s a new way to understand how well the pancreas is working to control blood sugar.
Testing the New Method
The team tested SPINA-DI with computer simulations and real-life studies with volunteers from the U.S., Germany, and India. They found that SPINA-DI lines up well with important health signs, like how the body reacts to sugar in a glucose tolerance test.
What’s more, SPINA-DI turned out to be more reliable than other ways of figuring out blood sugar problems. It’s not just better; it’s also cheaper and easier to use.
A Game-Changer for Diabetes Diagnosis
The researchers believe this new method could be a big help. It’s cost-effective, precise, and trustworthy. It might even replace some of the more complex ways we diagnose diabetes today.
In short, SPINA Carb could be a game-changer. It offers a simpler, more accurate way to catch diabetes early, potentially saving millions from the severe complications of a late diagnosis.
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The research findings can be found in Journal of Diabetes.
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