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Dental patients 45 years and older who were not aware of their diabetic status underwent evaluation for diabetes risk with an American Diabetes Association Diabetes Risk Test and with hemoglobin (Hb) A1c measurement. Participants with an HbA1c level of 5.7 percent or greater were referred to their physicians for diagnosis.

Are you taking a finger prick blood sample in your office? Results: Of the 1,022 patients screened, 416 (40.7 percent) had an HbA1c blood level of 5.7 percent or greater and…