diabetes screening

is there a case to undertake population screening for diabetes in the uk and why?

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Well I suppose that as diabetes is on the rise in the UK it would make sense to screen for it in order to catch it early and prevent patients developing more symptoms and costing the NHS more money further down the line as patients become more acutely ill. Diabetes, particularly type 2, can often be controlled through diet and therefore if caught early could be easily managed.
chloe
24 May 2011
I guess the point is whether the costs of screening the entire UK population (or at least groups which are identified as being 'at risk' of diabetes) are less than the costs imposed on the health service when patients develop more severe symptoms at a more advanced stage of their illness.
chloe
24 May 2011
i think you are correct in saying that the nhs should play a great role in primary prevention and detection of diabetes through health promotions,advocacy,training and education to all staff and its community partnerships.
lancejacobs
25 May 2011
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