Diabetes Detection in the Dental Office

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--()--Most people wouldn’t equate a dentist office visit with a diabetes diagnosis, but according to research presented today at the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists’ 24th Annual Scientific and Clinical Congress, that’s one of the most logical places to be screened for the chronic disease.

Taking advantage of the fact that most Americans regularly schedule visits with their dentist, more so than with their medical doctors, dental offices emerged as an innovative and effective means for diabetes screening – particularly pre-diabetes – through a survey with questions about a patient’s body weight, family history of diabetes, ethnicity and waist circumference. Also included, are facts about diabetes.

“The main emphasis of our study is prevention,” said Saleh Aldasouqi, MD, FACE, ECNU, chief of endocrinology at Michigan State University and one of the lead investigators. “Faced with the fact that there are 29 million Americans with diabetes, of whom 8.1 million people (27.8 percent) are undiagnosed, we saw an opportunity to alleviate the health and financial burdens of undiagnosed diabetes by way of the dental office.”

"The study consisted of 500 patients who completed the 14-question survey and subsequently agreed to a finger stick for A1C measurement. The results showed that 19.2 percent were diagnosed with pre-diabetes and 1.2 percent with diabetes mellitus.”

“Our study confirmed that engaging a dental office in the detection of diabetes is an important and proactive means of screening for undiagnosed pre-diabetes and diabetes,” added Dr. Aldasouqi.

Dr. Aldasouqi will review his finding at a media briefing on Thursday, May 14, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the Music City Center, Media Room.

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About the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE)

The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) represents more than 7,000 endocrinologists in the United States and abroad. AACE is the largest association of clinical endocrinologists in the world. A majority of AACE members are certified in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism and concentrate on the treatment of patients with endocrine and metabolic disorders including diabetes, thyroid disorders, osteoporosis, growth hormone deficiency, cholesterol disorders, hypertension and obesity. Visit our site at www.aace.com.

About the American College of Endocrinology (ACE)

The American College of Endocrinology (ACE) is the educational and scientific arm of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE). ACE is the leader in advancing the care and prevention of endocrine and metabolic disorders by: providing professional education and reliable public health information; recognizing excellence in education, research and service; promoting clinical research and defining the future of Clinical Endocrinology. For more information, please visit www.aace.com/college.

Contacts

The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE)
Joy Batteh-Freiha, 904-422-7645
jbfreiha@aace.com

Release Summary

Dental office visits are considered to be an effective way to screen for diabetes, according to an abstract presented at the AACE 24th Scientific and Clinical Congress.

Contacts

The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE)
Joy Batteh-Freiha, 904-422-7645
jbfreiha@aace.com