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GPs could face 3m diabetics by 2010

GPs could be treating three million diabetics by 2010, according to a new report for GPs from the BMA's board of science.

The disease currently affects 1.3 million patients in the UK, accounting for at least 5 per cent of NHS costs.

With a further one million diabetics undiagnosed, GPs were 'excellently placed' to identify them and prevent them suffering disabling and costly complications, the report said.

'GPs retain a pivotal role in ensuring that people with diabetes receive effective diabetes care,' the report said.

'Diabetes mellitus: an update for health care professionals' focuses on recent changes in understanding of the epidemiology, aetiology and clinical management of diabetes, highlighting controversial issues and recent advances.

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