Glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c) as a reliable option for detecting diabetes among the urban poor population in Bangladesh

Chifa Chiang, Atsuko Aoyama, Md Khalequzzaman, Sohel R. Choudhury, Debatosh Paul, Shahrin E. Rayna, Fahmida A. Khan, Yoshihisa Hirakawa, Hiroyasu Iso, Hiroshi Yatsuya

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Abstract

Our previous epidemiological survey targeting urban slum dwellers in Bangladesh showed that the prevalence of diabetes defined by glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c) was higher than the national estimation, and higher in women than men. Subsequently, we conducted the oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) and found that HbA1c values were consistent with the OGTT findings for detecting diabetes. Our findings indicated that HbA1c ≥6.5% was a rational cut-off, but the optimal HbA1c cut-off for this population might be lower than the internationally recommended threshold. Measuring HbA1c would be a reliable and feasible option for detecting diabetes among underprivileged population in developing countries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)839-841
Number of pages3
JournalEuropean Journal of Public Health
Volume30
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01-08-2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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