Standardizing Laboratory Tests for Diabetes
Every 24 hours more than 4,000 adults are diagnosed with diabetes and approximately 200 people die from diabetes. Diabetes is a disease in which blood glucose levels are above normal. Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose, or sugar, for our bodies to use for energy. The pancreas, an organ that lies near the stomach, makes a hormone called insulin to help glucose get into the cells of our bodies. When you have diabetes, your body either doesn't make enough insulin or can't use its own insulin as well as it should. This causes sugar to build up in your blood.
CDC's Division of Laboratory Sciences (DLS) has established a special program to standardize and improve the laboratory tests used to predict, diagnose, and monitor diabetes and its complications.