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VIDEO: Researchers call to end fasting requirement in blood testing

AUSTIN, Texas — In this video exclusive, Naveen Kakumanu, MD, assistant professor of medicine, in the division of endocrinology at Michigan State University, reports findings of a large survey study on the prevalence of hypoglycemia among patients with diabetes during fasting for routine blood testing.

Kakumanu, Saleh Aldasouqi, MD, and colleagues found that almost a quarter of these patients reported an episode of “fasting-evoked en-route hypoglycemia in diabetes” or FEEHD. Kakumanu describes an effort to allow U.S. patients with diabetes to avoid fasting for routine blood work.

AUSTIN, Texas — In this video exclusive, Naveen Kakumanu, MD, assistant professor of medicine, in the division of endocrinology at Michigan State University, reports findings of a large survey study on the prevalence of hypoglycemia among patients with diabetes during fasting for routine blood testing.

Kakumanu, Saleh Aldasouqi, MD, and colleagues found that almost a quarter of these patients reported an episode of “fasting-evoked en-route hypoglycemia in diabetes” or FEEHD. Kakumanu describes an effort to allow U.S. patients with diabetes to avoid fasting for routine blood work.

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