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Too much medicine; too little care

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f4247 (Published 02 July 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4247

Re: Too much medicine; too little care

There has been a barrage of diabetes articles recently. I just feel so bad for the type 2 diabetics who don't get the real story, the unbiased interpretation of the evidence.
Just try reading this online article from the BBC news, information provided by Diabetes UK. http://mobile.bbc.co.uk/news/health-23291410

It maybe true that diabetics get diabetic kidney disease, but it may not be so true that detecting the condition earlier will make a lot of difference except make the patient worry earlier.

And I quote from Barbara Young of Diabetes UK, as written on the BBC news article (link above), making a comment on "urine check" for detecting kidney disease in diabetics:
"All those people who are not getting this check are at increased risk of needing dialysis and ultimately of dying early."

Competing interests: No competing interests

15 July 2013
Homer U. Co
General Internist
Philippine General Hospital
Taft avenue, Manila Philippines