Diabetes Choosing Wisely Articles

Chronic Kidney Disease

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Making hard choices about chronic kidney disease

Painkiller Choices With Kidney or Heart Problems

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What to do if you have kidney disease or heart problems.

Imaging Stress Tests: When you need them for your heart—and when you don’t

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Explore the pros and cons of getting imaging stress tests for your heart.

5 Questions to Ask Your Doctor Before You Get Any Test, Treatment, or Procedure

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Choosing Wisely is an initiative by the ABIM Foundation to identify commonly-used tests or procedures whose necessity should be questioned and discussed.
1. Do I really need this test or procedure? Medical tests help…

Vitamin D Tests: When You Need Them and When You Don't

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Learn when you should, or shouldn't, be tested for low levels of vitamin D.

5 Questions to Ask Your Doctor before You Get Any Test

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Part of the Choosing Wisely campaign which is an initiative of the ABIM Foundation and from Consumer Reports.

Choosing a pain reliever

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If you need a painkiller but suffer from high blood pressure, heart failure, or kidney disease, it’s best to steer clear of some commonly used pain relievers.

Imaging stress tests

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If you have chest pain or other symptoms of heart disease, a test that stresses your heart can be lifesaving. But in other cases, you should be cautious about the tests. Here’s why.

Hard decisions about cancer

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When the diagnosis is cancer, many people understandably want to pull out all the stops to treat it. But some tests, treatments, and procedures are not only unnecessary, they can even prove harmful.

What To Do When Your Doctor Won't Tell You What To Do

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You have a right to make treatment decisions, but the choices can be scary. Here's how to handle it.

Colonoscopy: When you need it — and when you don't

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Colonoscopy is the most accurate test for cancer of the colon and rectum, proven to detect the disease early and save lives. But even a very good test can be done too often. Here’s when…

Chest X-rays before surgery

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If you’re scheduled for surgery, a pre-operative chest X-ray can sometimes help make it safer. But if you don’t have signs or symptoms of heart or lung disease, you should think twice about having the…

Tips for Talking to Your Doctor about Expensive Drugs and Tests

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If your healthcare is straining your budget, it might be time to have a talk with your physician. Here are helpful tips for how to do it.

Bone-Density Tests: When You Need Them and When You Don't

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If you’re not at higher risk, you should think twice about a bone-density test.

Imaging test for lower-back pain

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Back pain can be excruciating. So it seems that getting an X-ray, CT scan, or MRI to find the cause would be a good idea. But that’s usually not the case, at least at first.

Treating sinusitis: Don't rush to antibiotics

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Millions of people are prescribed antibiotics each year for sinusitis. Unfortunately, most of those people probably don’t need the drugs. Here’s why.