April 7, 1999

When Is Diabetes Diabetes?

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Division of Diabetes Translation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Ga.

JAMA. 1999;281(13):1222-1224. doi:10.1001/jama.281.13.1222

Perhaps no component of medical care is more important to subsequent care than establishing a diagnosis. From this step decisions emerge about treatment, prognosis, and use of health resources. Clinicians depend on many types of information to establish a diagnosis including, for example: history of angina and coronary artery disease; physical examination finding of hard testicular lesion and cancer; radiographic results showing apple-core colon lesion and cancer; electrocardiogram results showing Q waves and myocardial infarction; and laboratory test results finding elevated serum creatinine and uremia.

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