March 7, 2002
Diagnosis and Symptoms
Question from Kansas, USA:
Have people been diagnosed with diabetes that don’t even have it?
I’m unaware of the diagnosis of diabetes being made without true disease.
[Editor’s comment: I suspect this has happened, but that would be very rare.
[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.