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Drug Combo Could Lower Diabetes Complications and Costs
Date:4/27/2008

most practical scenario analyzed -- would cut the number of heart attacks in half, reduce eye complications by a third and result in 10 percent fewer diabetes-related deaths, the model found. Overall, giving an inexpensive drug combination consisting of generic glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure-lowering drugs along with low-dose aspirin to all people with diabetes would result in 7.3 million fewer serious complications over the next 30 years.

Diabetes continues to increase at an alarming rate in the U.S. and around the world. Currently, about 10 percent of all American adults and 20 percent of adults over the age of 60 have been diagnosed with the disease. In 2007, Americans spent $174 billion on type 1 and type 2 diabetes, including $58 billion in reduced national productivity.

The Archimedes Model was used to see whether and how the human and financial costs of this epidemic could be reduced. The authors concluded that research for a cure should be made a national priority and innovative solutions such as a polypill cocktail should be pursued more aggressively.

"A world without diabetes and its complications is certainly possible and the appropriate care for people with diabetes is within our grasp," the authors wrote. "Both, however, require unrelenting commitment and resolve."

Diabetes Risk Calculator Identifies Those Likely to Have Diabetes

People who have diabetes and don't know it -- and those who have a condition known as pre-diabetes -- will soon have access to a free tool to assess their health status online. The Diabetes Risk Test, based on a model developed by researchers at Archimedes, Inc., a company that uses mathematical simulation models to address healthcare problems, accurately assesses a person's chances of having or developing undiagnosed diabetes or pre-diabetes, a condition that often leads to diabetes.

The assessment tool, which will soon replace the American Diabetes Association's e
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