The data is alarming, or should be for those who may have diabetes, but have not yet been diagnosed. This is why the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have opposed the A1c as the standard for diagnosis. Yet, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) continues to choose to forge ahead with a defective test. See this reference and start reading at B. Diagnosis of diabetes Recommendations. This is below table 1.
The ADA claims that the A1c test has been standardized, but really folks, who are they kidding. There are still too many variables that exist that keep it a faulty and defective diagnostic tool by itself. It might work well of some races, but for others it will give faulty readings. So I have to ask, WHEN is the ADA going to wake up and learn. Never, if this is the way they continue to do business.
I say quite openly, when those of us with Type 2 diabetes have an organization like the adult Type 1 diabetes people seem to now have in JDRF, then we might find our way into the twenty-first century. As long at the ADA continues to be by and for the medical community, those of us with diabetes (the patients) will continue to be ignored and given lip-service.
To go along with this, I am finding more and more diabetes news on the BBC, Reuters, and Telegraph UK. The US has a few sources, but more researchers are reaching out to news organizations outside of the US to get their research recognized. In the US, it gets buried inside the ADA website and unless a few good sources like Diabetes in Control dig or mine the information, it stays hidden in the ADA archives.
Most of us do not have the time to mine the information on the ADA website. I occasionally find something there, but I am lucky most of the time. I admit that I find more information on government agency websites that I do on ADA.