Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Saliva Test for Detecting Diabetes

I never have liked needles. My mom says I had one broken off in my arm when I was a kid (either I was a little high strung at the doctor's office or they were totally incompetent). I don't remember the experience but I've never liked needles.

Come to think of it, my dad was a real baby when it came to having blood drawn and my mom follows suit when it comes to needles, so I guess it runs in our family.

Anyway, when I saw that there's a new saliva test for assessing pre-diabetes and diabetes, well, I thought everyone should know about it. The research will be shared at the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists 18th annual meeting in Houston, Texas on May 15th. The AACE folks are also going to be looking at the "wide-ranging impact of vitamin D on the human body."

Kudos on both fronts: a needle-less test for detecting diabetes and publicity for all the compelling research of late on vitamin D.

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