New Zealand needs to step up diabetes testing:
This article was originally published in Clinica
New Zealand needs to step up its diabetes diagnosis programme "Get Checked", as it is struggling to meet its targets in the face of increasing numbers of patients. So said health minister Pete Hodgson. In the five years 2001-2005, the number of patients enrolling for check-ups doubled to 70,000 and out of the country's four million inhabitants, 200,000 (5%) are thought to have the disease. However, only around 125,000 have been diagnosed - 5,000 in 2005. Mr Hodgson, who described the problem as one of the country's "most pressing public health challenges", announced that the goal for 2006 is to perform check-ups on over 85,000 people.