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Slide Presentation of the 2007 Annual Meeting of AHRQ

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Diabetes in the U.S.

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  • U.S. prevalence: 14.6 million diagnosed, 6.2 million undiagnosed
  • Our research focuses on Type-2 diabetes
    • 90-95% of all diabetics
    • "Adult-onset"
    • Impaired response to insulin to regulate blood sugar
  • Tremendous annual incidence of co-morbidity
    • Every day diabetics across the country suffer harm:
      • 33 people become blind
      • 118 begin treatment for kidney failure
      • 225 undergo lower extremity amputations
  • Estimated direct cost of $92 Billion in 2002

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