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March 7, 2002

Diagnosis and Symptoms

Question from Kansas, USA:

Have people been diagnosed with diabetes that don't even have it?

Answer:

I’m unaware of the diagnosis of diabetes being made without true disease.

MSB

[Editor’s comment: I suspect this has happened, but that would be very rare.

SS]

[Editor’s comment: There are reports that if a patient has a different disorder, called renal glycosuria (which does have glucosuria and normal blood sugar levels), that diabetes mellitus might be misdiagnosed. Such a case is reported in PubMed, at Renal glycosuria treated as diabetes mellitus.

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