Approximately 22 million persons are known to have diabetes in the United States. This figure is projected to increase to nearly 38 million in the next 2 decades and to 50 million by 2050. Worldwide, more than 330 million persons have diabetes, and upward trends are similar. Numbers of overweight or obese adults and children are rapidly increasing. All this clearly has major public health effects, and strategies to deal with these issues are desperately needed. The messages in this book are not confined to persons with diabetes; a much broader population is at risk for diabetes and its related high possibility for cardiovascular disease. The preventive programs described may likewise be useful for individuals with impaired glucose tolerance, prediabetes, pregnancy, hypertension, albuminuria, dyslipidemia, metabolic syndrome, and acute coronary syndrome.
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