Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Ignoring a killer.

Apparently budget cuts across the board are being passed on to Diabetes, states this New York Times article.

It also quotes some disturbing facts...
Diabetes is the only major disease with a death rate that is still rising — up 22 percent since 1990 — and it has emerged as the leading cause of kidney failure, blindness and nontraumatic amputation.
The number of Type 2 diabetics in the United States has doubled in the past two decades, to an estimated 20 million, when undiagnosed cases are included, making the disease the country's fastest-growing public health problem. Epidemiologists predict that one in three American children born in 2000 will join the ranks of those afflicted with Type 2.
Facing this problem on a personal front day in and day out, I only hope that the trends reverse, and some breakthroughs help alleviate the problem.

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