Author Affiliations: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Md, and American Diabetes Association, Alexandria, Va.
The epidemic of diabetes has taken hold and is extending to new populations.
The prevalence of type 2 diabetes in children1
and in developing nations2 has increased dramatically,
and adult-onset type 1 diabetes is now well recognized.3
Diabetic cardiovascular disease has become a worldwide burden.4
While new cases of heart disease and cancer are stable or decreasing, the
incidence of diabetes has increased 6% annually in the United States5 and more than that in developing countries.6 The human and economic toll of diabetes increases
correspondingly, and this requires an integrated, global response. However,
policy makers, insurance companies, and the general public are just beginning
to recognize the seriousness of diabetes.
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