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Too much medicine; too little care

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (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.

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."

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