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Question:

From Las Palmas de Gran Canarias, Spain:

What is fructosamine, and where is it made?

Answer:

Some years ago the measurement of fructosamine was promoted as a useful adjunct or alternative to glycosylated hemoglobin. It was especially of value in situations where close monitoring of control was needed because the result reflected the mean glucose over a period of only three weeks. The test was also a less expensive one to carry out in situations where it was done in a central laboratory. Nowadays the test is little used.

DO'B

[Editor's comment: Fructosamine is made by the body in approximately the same manner as glycohemoglobin, only it measures the amount of sugar that's hooked onto a different protein, albumin.

An easy-to-use version of the fructosamine test has recently been developed, which uses a meter that looks about the same as a blood sugar meter (the brand name of the device is the Duet). Whether it will prove to be a useful device for home use is unclear at this time. WWQ]

Original posting 2 May 1998
Posted to A1c, Glycohemoglobin, HgbA1c

  
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