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Great idea: Use oral blood to test for diabetes

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Image courtesy of the National Library of Medicine. Artist: O. Elkan

MedicalXPress posted a brilliant idea yesterday. We know that 8.1 million of people have diabetes but they haven’t been diagnosed yet. We know that lots of people don’t go to a doctor regularly. But lots of people do go to their dentist. So, they suggested, testing the blood from an oral procedure to check for blood glucose levels.

The idea follows a study published in the American Journal of Public Health that showed oral blood produced values nearly identical to a finger stick.

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