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Number of U.S. Kids With Diabetes Could Skyrocket: Study
Date:11/21/2012

ion between biology and the environment."

"We need to think as a society that diabetes is a public health issue that must be addressed," said Ratner, who wrote an accompanying journal commentary. "In the last century, we've dealt with things like sanitation and clean water as public health issues. Well, the current epidemic of diabetes and the potential growth is a public health risk that we need to address. Even staying where we are is unsustainable."

"We've been able to substantially drop the incidence of end-stage renal disease, blindness and amputations due to diabetes. But those gains will be swamped by the increasing numbers of people with diabetes," Ratner explained. And, he said, "the health care system isn't going to be able to care for the number of people with diabetes, regardless of all the advances we've made in treatment and complications. The simple numbers will be overwhelming."

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Learn more about children and diabetes from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SOURCES: Giuseppina Imperatore, M.D., Ph.D., team leader, epidemiology team, division of diabetes translation, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta; Robert Ratner, M.D., chief scientific and medical officer, American Diabetes Association; December 2012 Diabetes Care


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