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Editorial
December 19, 2012

A Look Ahead at the Future of Diabetes Prevention and Treatment

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Group Health Research Institute, Seattle, Washington (Dr Arterburn); and HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research, Minneapolis, Minnesota (Dr O’Connor).

JAMA. 2012;308(23):2517-2518. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.144749

More than 25 million US adults have type 2 diabetes, and this number will likely double by 2050 given expected changes in demographics and continued progression of the obesity epidemic.1,2 Identifying cost-effective strategies to manage diabetes is essential because diabetes is responsible for more than $116 billion in direct medical care costs, or 5% of all US health care spending.1

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