New & Improved Early Diagnosis For Diabetes Being Developed



A new test that is currently being developed could help health professionals diagnose diabetes earlier than ever before. The consequences of late diagnosis can include the onset of strokes, heart attacks, and conditions such as retinopathy (damaged retinas contributing to blindness), nephropathy (damaged kidneys), neuropathy (damaged nerves) and atherosclerosis (inflamed arteries). Current diagnosis methods are based on testing blood sugar levels, however researchers have established that other compounds in the blood such as fat, some proteins and vitamin D may also prove indicatory. The researchers are continuing to fine tune this test so that it may potentially be implemented in the health care system within the next 5 years. Similar tests that look into the biomarkers fructosamine and glycated albumin are also being considered in the UK and US, and are currently being used in Japan.

More than 3 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes in the UK, so the ramifications of this discovery could be hugely significant in health and quality of life in these individuals.



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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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