A well-balanced index of suspicion of diabetes is essential to the physician in internal medicine or general practice. As one sees the kaleidoscopic range of disease, the possibility of diabetes should be rapidly, routinely and reflexly considered in dealing with persons in the following categories: all those who have diabetic relatives, the obese, and those with conditions which place a burden on the function of insulin. A suspicion should lead to investigation by laboratory tests.

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