Letters

Prevention and cure of type 2 diabetes

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7370.965 (Published 26 October 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:965

General practitioners are treating more cases of diabetes

  1. Azeem Majeed (a.majeed@ucl.ac.uk), professor of primary care,
  2. Angela Newnham, senior lecturer in public health medicine,
  3. Ronan Ryan, research officer,
  4. Kamlesh Khunti, senior lecturer in general practice
  1. University College London, London WC1H 9QU
  2. Thames Cancer Registry, King's College, London SE1 3QD
  3. Office for National Statistics, London SW1V 2QQ
  4. Department of General Practice, University of Leicester, Leicester LE5 4PW
  5. 1448 Dumbarton Road, Glasgow G14 9DW

    EDITOR—Most studies measuring the prevalence of diabetes have been carried out in one locality and have generally measured point prevalences. Hence, although the prevalence of diabetes in England and Wales is increasing,1 time trend data on prevalence and future projections based on sound data are both lacking. We recently estimated the prevalence of diabetes in England and Wales between 1994 and 1998 using data from 210 general practices with a combined list size of 1.2 million.2

    We found that the overall prevalence of diabetes during this period increased from 1.99% to 2.43% in males and from 1.69% to 2.04% in females. This striking increase in the prevalence of diabetes in primary care is likely to be due to a combination of factors, including better case ascertainment, rising rates of obesity, an ageing population, and an increase in both the size …

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