Opportunistic screening for type 2 diabetes mellitus in public hospitals

Anthony T Zimmermann, Stephen N Stranks, Sally L Gall and Geoffrey S Hebbard
Med J Aust 2002; 177 (9): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2002.tb04932.x
Published online: 4 November 2002

To the Editor: Diabetes is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in Australia, with 50% of cases remaining undiagnosed.1 Consequently, the Australian National Diabetes Strategy has early detection of diabetes as a key priority.2 We undertook a study to determine the prevalence of abnormal glucose metabolism (impaired fasting glycaemia [IFG] and diabetes) in patients presenting in the fasted state for endoscopy or colonoscopy at a metropolitan teaching hospital. We used the definitions of abnormal glucose metabolism outlined by the World Health Organization in 19993 and published in a position statement in the Journal in April 1999.4

  • Anthony T Zimmermann
  • Stephen N Stranks
  • Sally L Gall
  • Geoffrey S Hebbard


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