Innovations in the Prevention and Treatment of Diabetes
February 17, 2006
One of the most deadly and disabling consequences of America's obesity epidemic is the precipitous increase of individuals suffering from diabetes. According to estimates by the American Diabetes Association (ADA), approximately 4,110 people are diagnosed with diabetes each day, with 1.5 million new cases diagnosed in 2005. The ADA predicts that one in three Americans born in 2000 will develop diabetes during their lifetime. These stunning projections, coupled with the serious complications and high health care costs associated with the disease, have spurred action to improve the prevention and treatment of diabetes. Some grantmakers are at the forefront of efforts to meet the needs of people at risk or already diagnosed with diabetes, and to lead transformations in how the U.S. health system prevents and treats this disease.
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