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Dr Gor advocates a national screening programme for diabetes after finding 26 new diabetics among 2,000 screened (News, 24 September). We would suggest targeted screening.

We found five new cases

of diabetes among 76 patients screened (6.5 per cent) in a population aged between

21 and 75 with waist circumferences >102cm (males) and >88cm (females) agreeing to have a blood test.

According to these results it would only require screening of approximately 15 patients to detect one diabetic.

In addition we also found a number of hypertensives and patients with dyslipidaemia.

In comparison the yield from routine screening is very low.

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