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Trends in the prevalence and incidence of diabetes in the UK: 1996–2005
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    Querying the mathematics of a 74% increase in incidence

    Dear Editor,

    The authors state in their conclusions the incidence of diabetes in the UK between 1997 and 2003 increased from 2.84 to 4.66 per 1000 person- years. I believe these figures represent a 64% increase and not the 74% reported in the article.

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    Response to the article on diabetes prevalence 1996-2005 (Masso-Gonzalez et al)

    Dear Editor

    I'm unclear as to why the issue of screening / recording in primary care has been so readily dismissed as a cause of the increase in prevalence of diabetes. Having worked in this area from 1997 onwards I have seen the evoloution of data quality in primary care have a profound effect on prevalence levels for diabetes. The additional focus of the QoF indicators for the general practitioner contract and th...

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    This could be due to increased testosterone.

    Dear Editor

    It is my hypothesis that human evolution occurred because of increases in testosterone (Rivista di Biologia / Biology Forum 2001; 94: 345-362). Testosterone is highest in humans and testosterone levels of the great apes directly parallel relatedness to humans. According to my explanation of human evolution, testosterone will periodically increase within populations and periodically decrease. I suggest...

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