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Investigations in endocrinology

Investigating for diabetes in rural and remote Indigenous communities

John Kelly

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Abstract

Case scenarios are used in this section to educate doctors on the best approach to the diagnosis and management of patients with different endocrine problems. The appropriate selection of tests and correct interpretation of test results are discussed.

Article Extract

You are on an outreach visit to a remote Aboriginal community in the Northern Territory. A 35-year-old man comes in for an adult health check up. His last visit for this purpose was three years ago. He smokes six to 10 cigarettes a day and his blood pressure is 120/80 mmHg. He has a body mass index (BMI) of 24 kg/m2 and a waist circumference of 92 cm. He has not fasted.

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