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June 22, 1929

Diabetes latente.

JAMA. 1929;92(25):2126. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02700510056039

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Latent, or potential, diabetes is a distinct entity, distinguishable from the early stage of diabetes mellitus. Hyperglycemia and glycosuria are absent; the clinical manifestations are often as in diabetes mellitus. Hyperglycemia, of longer duration than the normal, follows the ingestion of carbohydrates, but there is no glycosuria accompanying this. It is believed that disturbances in endocrine processes related to carbohydrate metabolism are responsible for this condition. The diagnosis is based on the experimental proof of faulty carbohydrate metabolism. Treatment consists in the ordinary regimen observed in diabetes mellitus. Many instances are cited illustrating the amount of hyperglycemia in fasting, or the symptoms that may occur in latent diabetes. This adds to the interest of the book and increases its value to the practitioner.

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