Experts call time on diagnostic glucose testing

HbA1c testing should replace blood glucose testing as the primary tool for diagnosing diabetes, Australian experts say.

With an MBS rebate now available for HbA1c testing, it should be the preferred approach for diagnosing diabetes because it avoids the need for fasting and is more user-friendly than glucose testing, according to endocrinologist Professor Stephen Colagiuri, director of the Boden Institute at the University of Sydney.

“The current glucose-based protocol endorsed by the NHMRC for