Glucose Measurements Don't Improve Cardiovascular Risk Assessment

March 25, 2014 8:17 PM

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Although blood glucose and glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) play a central role in diabetes, the value of these measurements to assess cardiovascular risk has been unclear. Now, in a paper published in JAMA, members of the Emerging Risk Factors Collaboration analyze data from nearly 300,000 people without known diabetes or cardiovascular disease who were enrolled in 73 prospective studies.

The authors found that adding glycemia measures to conventional cardiovascular risk assessment provided little additional prognostic information. Further, adding information about blood glucose did not result in a significant improvement in the classification of people used to help decide about prev...

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