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Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a common, morbid, and costly disease. In the United States, it affects more than 1 in 10 adults. It is the leading cause of new blindness, amputation, and end-stage renal disease and contributes to a host of other conditions. In 2011, the medical costs of managing DM and its complications exceeded $115 billion in the United States alone; indirect costs added another $58 billion.1 Because there is strong evidence that the complications can be markedly attenuated with appropriate control of blood pressure and hyperglycemia and with statin treatment of hyperlipidemia, it is not surprising that there is great interest in novel approaches to management.
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