Millions unnecessarily labelled pre-diabetic, health experts say

24th July 2014

Diagnosis increases likelihood of being prescribed medicine that merely delays onset of illness, scientists argue.

Millions of people are being unnecessarily labelled pre-diabetic, increasing their likelihood of being prescribed drugs which will at best briefly delay the onset of the illness, say experts.

Writing in the British Medical Journal, scientists argue that the diagnosis is of little benefit and carries huge medical and social costs. What is needed is a public health strategy to tackle the problems in the food, health and educational environment which have led to widespread obesity and inactivity – the main causes of the rapidly increasing number of cases of type 2 diabetes.

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