A recent study suggests that the HbA1c assay and fasting plasma glucose measurement could be useful tools to screen for diabetes in patients with tuberculosis, reports Healio.

“Tuberculosis and diabetes, both endemic in many developing countries, are strongly associated with one another; people with diabetes have an increased risk of developing tuberculosis, and may experience delayed recovery and adverse treatment outcomes,” Huma Aftab, a PhD student in the global health section, department of public health at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and colleagues wrote. “Methods for diabetes screening in individuals with tuberculosis in low- and middle-income settings should be rapid, low-cost and accurate, should not require fasting, should distinguish between acute and chronic hyperglycemia and should require minimal staff training.”

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