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Opticians can now accurately detect diabetes and prediabates.

With a simple HbA1c (glycated haemoglobin) finger prick blood test, opticians can now offer a reliable and accurate test to diagnose both pre-diabates and diabetes. The HbA1c screen is recommended by the Word Health Organization and is the only effective test for detecting early-stage diabetes.
1 in 4 adult has prediabetes. Only 10% are aware of it. It’s time to change that!

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Half of all diabetes-related eye diseases can be prevented by early detection.

Eye health professionals have an important role.
Now it is more important than ever for eye health professionals to help their patient's to reduce their risk of developing diabetes and related eye diseases. Ophthalmologists and optometrists are well positioned as they may be the first to see a person with, or at risk for, diabetes and can serve as the first line of detection for diabetes or pre-diabates.

The global diabetes epidemic.
Diabetes is one of the world's biggest health challenges and the leading cause of new blindness in people 20 to 74 years of age. It is estimated that 150 million people worldwide have diabetes, and these rates are increasing. People with diabetes are up to 20 times more likely to be blind than people without diabetes.

Undetected diabetes.
Diabetes can go silently undetected for a long time without symptoms; type 2-diabetes can be undetected for up to 10 years before it is diagnosed. It has been estimated that one-third of all adults with diabetes don’t even know they have it. The first time some of these people are diagnosed with this condition is when they have serious medical and visual problems. People with undetected diabetes are at high risk of developing diabetic retinopathy, kidney diseases and nerve damage.

HbA1c - the most reliable preventive test.
It's is estimated that half of all diabetes and related eye diseases could be prevented by early detection, treatments and changes in lifestyles. While ophthalmoscopy and digital photography tests can detect already developed diabetes-related eye complications; the only reliable early-stage detection method is measurement of glycated haemoglobin.
Bodymarkers mission is to contribute to people's eye health through innovative blood screenings in order to promote early detection and early treatment, thereby reducing major illnesses and medical costs.

Who shall be screened?
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommend that all adults get an initial HbA1c screening at age 45, even if they are not experiencing symptoms. This helps a person establish a baseline for blood sugar levels. Because a person’s risk for getting diabetes increases with age, this screening can help people identify their risk.  

Other people should be tested for diabetes, even if they are not experiencing symptoms. ADA recommends specifically the following people undergo diabetes testing:  

  • overweight people
  • high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or heart disease
  • people who have a family history of diabetes
  • those who do not engage in regular physical activity

People experience symptoms that include:

  • sudden weight loss
  • extreme thirst
  • feeling tired all the time
  • feeling very hungry, even after eating
  • difficulty seeing
  • urinating more often than usual
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