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Hemoglobin A1c and the Estimated Average Glucose



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US Diabetes Prevalence

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July 2009

Diabetes is currently the seventh leading cause of death in the developed world.  The American Diabetes Association defines diabetes as a group of metabolic diseases characterized by hyperglycemia resulting from defects in insulin secretion, insulin action, or both.  In the United States, it is estimated from recent statistics that 23.6 million people have diabetes.  Approximately 18 million of those individuals are diagnosed with diabetes, with type 1 diabetes accounting for 5-10% of cases and type 2 diabetes accounting for the majority of newly diagnosed patients.  However, it is recognized that there are still 5-6 million individuals who remain undiagnosed and potentially at risk for premature development of micro and macrovascular complications.

US Diabetes Prevalence

 


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