Focus on diabetes

Checking for diabetes – the ‘F’ words: fat, forties and family

Pat Phillips
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This series is aimed at helping the busy GP diagnose and manage patients with diabetes and its complications. How would you assess this patient’s glucose metabolism?

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Case history

Peter has all three of the major risk factors for type 2 diabetes: he is overweight (his body mass index is 26.5 kg/m2), he is aged 47 years and his father and mother both have type 2 diabetes. According to your desktop blood glucose meter, Peter’s blood glucose level is 8.7 mmol/L.