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A fifth of diabetes patients undiagnosed

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One in five people with diabetes remain undiagnosed, a new national audit across England has revealed.

One in five people with diabetes remain undiagnosed, a new national audit across England has revealed.

The audit, carried out by the Information Centre for Health and Social Care on behalf of the Healthcare Commission, says that almost 100,000 people are either undiagnosed or not recorded on practice registers.

It also revealed that a higher proportion of women remain undiagnosed, possibly because more men receive coronary heart disease screening and are subsequently found to have diabetes.

The audit can be downloaded at www.diabetes.nhs.uk

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