Consider diabetes in your glowing patients

Luminosity tests could be performed in supermarkets and pharmacies to estimate risk, say researchers

Having dull skin may not be so bad after all, according to Dutch researchers who have found excessively glowing skin is associated with an increased risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease (CVD) and death.

So convinced are the University of Groningen researchers that they’re suggesting skin testing at pharmacies and supermarkets could become a first-line measure of diabetes risk.

Their findings are based on data from nearly 73,000 adults who were followed up for a median of four years after their skin autofluoresence was measured using an advanced glycation endproducts reader.

The reader illuminates the skin and measures how much light is reflected.

There were significant associations between elevated skin autofluoresence at baseline and incident type 2 diabetes, CVD or death during follow-up, they report in Diabetologia.

While a previous study shows that