Among a diabetic clinic population of 5,000 there were 113 patients (1.1%) with concurrent clinical thyroid dysfunction (56 hyperthyroid, 57 hypothyroid). Seventy-one (62.8%) of these patients were insulin-dependent and diabetes preceded thyroid disease in 85 (75.2%). Twenty patients were given carbimazole for two or more years and of these 15 (75%) relapsed, a percentage not significantly different from that seen in non-diabetic patients. The value of screening diabetic patients for evidence of thyroid dysfunction is discussed.
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