Knowing More and Giving More: A Focus on Diabetes Research, Management, and Cures

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Knowing More and Giving More: A Focus on Diabetes Research, Management and Cures Thank you, and welcome to our event. Diabetes is something very close to many of us, as we have either experienced it in our daily lives, or know someone closely who has experienced it firsthand. In the United States alone, close to 10% of the population has diabetes, which includes almost 26 million children. There are 18.8 million people who have been diagnosed and are undergoing treatment or getting help, yet 7.0 million remain undiagnosed. Per haps an even more startling statistics is the number of people who are in the pre-diabetic stages, which is at a staggering 79 million. Every year, there are more and more new cases, and the rate at which people are diagnosed seems to only be going up. Of course, diabetes is not a disease to be taken lightly, for it can also lead to complications, and death. The morbidity and mortality rate for diabetes was listed as the underlying cause of over 70,000 death certificates in 2007 alone. And, as mentioned above, complications do happen and can include heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, blindness, kidney disease, neuropathy, and amputations. But many of you know all of these facts already, so I am reiterating them to open your eyes, to help you see and encourage you to recognize that diabetes is still a problem and despite the millions of dollars spent by our government on care, we must do more. We must do more to ensure that our friends

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