VOAVideo: No Fasting Required
The World Health Organization estimates that at least 180 million people around the globe have diabetes. It says the number could double in 20 years. The most commonly used test for diabetes is a blood test given after hours of fasting, and then more testing after a patient drinks a sweet tasting liquid. Now, however, diabetes experts are calling for wider use of a different blood test that may be more convenient and reliable. VOA's Melinda Smith has details.