Time to re-think blood glucose: researchers

The use of fasting blood glucose levels to diagnose type-2 diabetes needs to be replaced with a predictive test that allows intervention before blood-vessel damage is done, say UK researchers.

They have taken a step towards this with a study that shows changes in blood fat metabolites appear to be good indicators of who is likely to develop type 2 diabetes.

In a long-term study of Manchester women, they detected changes in these particles well before changes in blood glucose became apparent, according to their study report in the journal PLOS One.