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Imagine our dismay when we arrived on the island only planning to stay a week in any case, finding that half of our equipment including the glucose loads had been left on the runway at Melbourne Airport! Well you have to thank the British! Digging through old stocks in the pharmacy left over from colonial rule, we found hundreds of bottles of BP Pharmacopeia 50% glucose. The next few days were spent making a "witches’ brew" as we diluted down the glucose and made it palatable for the glucose loads.

We surveyed 100 people on the first day. We were absolutely amazed that 33 of those 100 had results consistent with diabetes. Pincus was absolutely convinced it was something to do with the incorrect dilutions of the glucose loads or that the blood glucose methodology was flawed. So convinced of this, he decided it was time to return to Melbourne that day leaving me on the island with the local team and a laboratory assistant from Melbourne. Well, on the second day another 33 out of 100 had diabetes and so it went and we ended the survey with figures (18) that almost rivalled the then highest diabetes prevalence in the world, the Pima Indians.