Australian Family Physician
Australian Family Physician



Patrick J Phillips

Email: pat.phillips@me.com
MBBS, MA, FRACP, MRACMA, GradDipHealthEcon, is consultant endocrinologist, Queen Elizabeth Specialist Centre, Adelaide, South Australia.

Children get type 2 diabetes too

In recent years there has been a worldwide increase in the number of diagnoses of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) in children and adolescents. This has become a major focus for the work of the...

HbA1c, blood glucose monitoring and insulin therapy

The blood glucose profileIn type 2 diabetes, the blood glucose profile has three components1 (Figure 1):2 A flat baseline is set by the fasting blood glucose. Frequently, a daytime baseline change,...

Oral glucose tolerance testing

The oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) is currently the gold standard for the diagnosis of diabetes. The recommended preparation for and administration of the OGTT are important to ensure that test...

Oral hypoglycaemics A review of the evidence

The range of oral hypoglycaemic agents (OHAs) has increased from one insulin sensitiser (metformin) and one class of insulin secretagogues (sulphonylureas) with the addition of further class of...

Thyroid therapy Tips and traps

Case studyThea, aged 63 years, presents for review after a small inferior myocardial infarction (MI) 3 months previously. You note that her total cholesterol before starting a statin in hospital...


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