This study is headed by Dr. Shiela Strauss, Associate Professor of Nursing and Co-Director of the Statistics and Data Management Core for NYU’s Colleges of Nursing and Dentistry, who is part of the medical board of directors of JDA:
NYU Nursing-Dental Research Team Receives CTSI Grant to Assess Effectiveness of A1C Diabetes Screening Technique Using Blood from Periodontal Patients
NYU’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) has awarded an NYU nursing-dental research team a one-year pilot grant to assess the feasibility of using gingival crevicular blood from periodontal patients to gauge hemoglobin A1C -- a blood glucose measurement -- as a means of diagnosing diabetes and identifying pre-diabetes. CTSI is a partnership between New York University’s Langone Medical Center and the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation funded by a grant from the National Center for Research Resources of the NIH.
The hemoglobin A1C test
will gauge levels of hemoglobin A1C
a process requiring certification by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, a division of the US Department of Health and Human Services.
Dr. Strauss will recruit periodontal patients for the research because an earlier study that she led found that 120 subjects from the NYU College of Dentistry’s periodontal treatment program for the new study. deep pocket of gum inflammation.
Dental and dental hygiene students and faculty will collect the oral blood samples, while the subjects will either draw their own finger-stick blood or do so with help from the students and faculty. Both samples will be sent to the same laboratory, which will determine whether subjects’ hemoglobin A1C levels are in the normal, pre-diabetic, or diabetic range. The research team will compare the laboratory results to see if there is a correlation between A1C levels in the finger and oral blood samples.
An earlier NYU nursing-dental study led by Dr. Strauss suggested that determined that the glucometer can provide glucose-level readings that are highly correlated with glucometer readings for finger-stick blood samples when oral blood samples are drawn from deep pockets of gum inflammation.
“The issue of undiagnosed diabetes is especially critical because early treatment and secondary prevention efforts may help to prevent or delay the long-term complications of diabetes that are responsible for reduced quality of life and increased levels of mortality risk.”There is a critical need to increase opportunities for diabetes screening and early diabetes detection," Dr. Strauss noted.
Clinical Associate Professor of Periodontics and Director of the Advanced Education Program in Periodontics;
Dr. Strauss’s study is dedicated to the memory of the late Alla Wheeler, Clinical Assistant Professor of Dental Hygiene, who played a major role in an earlier NYU nursing-dental study on the link between diabetes and periodontal disease.
About New York University College of Dentistry Founded in 1865, New York University College of Dentistry (NYUCD) is the third oldest and the largest dental school in the US, educating more than 8 percent of all dentists. NYUCD has a significant global reach and provides a level of national and international diversity among its students that is unmatched by any other dental school.
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