New Study on How Sickle Cell Trait Could Affect Diabetes Findings
April - 30 - 2008
Researchers at the University of West Florida School of Allied Health and Life Sciences are conducting a study to determine if sickle cell trait will distort accurate results in diabetes patients. The possibility for producing erroneous results in glucose level tests for diabetes patients is the use of the Hemoglobin A1c test, the accuracy of which can be affected by presence of the sickle cell trait. Validating the hypothesis by scientists Dr. Justice Mbizo and Dr. Kristina Behan would indicate that millions of patients are being incorrectly treated. African-Americans aged 55 and older are the demographic focus for the study; over 3 million African-Americans have diabetes nationwide. Behan and Mbizo will assess the difference between normal blood sugar levels and Hemoglobin A1c results in 30 participants who have sickle cell trait and 30 non-sickle cell trait patients with diabetes. Behan noted that individuals with diabetes who maintain near-normal glucose levels are less at-risk for going blind, having kidney failure, or undergoing amputations.
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