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by Ken Raymond Modified: October 29, 2012 at 5:10 pm •  Published: October 30, 2012
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DIABETES

Test can predict diabetes risk

Knowledge is power, and learning more about your health risk factors can help you take steps to address them before it's too late.

A new screening available from Draelos Metabolic Center in Edmond can give you some idea now of how likely you are to develop Type 2 diabetes within five years.

The new screening, called PreDX, combines seven laboratory tests into one.

“PreDX uses a simple blood test to measure a range of different biomarkers in your body that are linked to the development of Type 2 diabetes,” Dr. Matthew T. Draelos said in a news release. “Combined, these measurements provide you a personalized score of 1 to 10 that reflects your risk.”

A high score signifies increased risk of diabetes. It does not mean you will develop the disease.

Draelos is offering PreDX screenings to the public from 8 to 10 a.m. on three upcoming Fridays: Nov. 2, 9 and 16.

Do not eat or drink anything but water for 10 hours before the screening.

Appointments are not required, but the test is not free. Insurance will be billed. Medicare and most private insurers cover the cost, the release notes, but Medicaid does not.

For more information about the test and potential costs, call the center at 330-2362 or go online to www.draelosmetabolic.com.

DIAGNOSTICS

Software system streamlines health care decisions

The Oklahoma Heart Hospital is adding state of the art software to help doctors make quick but accurate decisions.

Emerge Clinical Decisions' software will be installed at the Heart Hospital's north and south campus facilities, as well as to its 60 health clinics. The hospital remains on the cutting edge; it was the first all-digital hospital in the U.S. and has fully integrated medical records, according to a news release.

The new software uses a patented algorithm to analyze “complete patient data, history and symptoms to suggest a more refined diagnosis, testing and care paths in seconds,” another release states. “Results merge seamlessly with any electronic system to streamline records administration.

“The software saves patients and doctors time, stress and resources even while it improves health care as a whole. It is so accurate it increases identification of cardiac diseases by as much as 300 percent.”

COMPILED BY KEN RAYMOND, STAFF WRITER


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by Ken Raymond
Book Editor
Ken Raymond is the book editor. He joined The Oklahoman in 1999. He has won dozens of state, regional and national writing awards. Three times he has been named the state's "overall best" writer by the Society of Professional Journalists. In...
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