Should diabetes test be part of routine care?

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Should diabetes test be part of routine care?
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Fri, 03-15-2013 - 12:09pm

I was reading an article on the increase in Type 1 diabetes, and piece of it caught my interest: 

Since common symptoms are excessive thirst, frequent urination and weight loss, diagnosis can be a challenge, especially in the youngest children. That's why parents, like Patty, are advocating for doctors to perform a diabetes test during every exam.

"How long can that take in a doctor's office? If it's saving a kid's life, I think it's so worth it," said Patty Palladino.

Read more: http://centralny.ynn.com/content/top_stories/644527/type-1-diabetes-on-the-rise/

Do you think it's feasible for a diabetes test be done at every well baby or well child visit?  If so, at what age should they start testing?

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Registered: 04-03-2012
Thu, 03-21-2013 - 6:34pm
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