Prior to 1921 (discovery of insulin),
diabetes was more devastating than AIDS is to the present world population.
If a person were diagnosed with Type I diabetes, it was generally known
that they would last only a few years at most. Currently in the United
States, more people die from diabetes per year
than AIDS and breast cancer combined. Today there are
still no "cures" for the disorder, though managable treatments do exist.
Factors influencing the development of diabetes include genetics, old age,
and sedentary lifestyles. Unfortunately, lifestyles of the modern
world promote the disease, and a large increase in Type II diabetes has
been observed in juveniles.
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NIDDK National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse
CDC: Diabetes Public Health Resource
CDC Prevention Research Centers
Children and Diabetes
USDA Nutrition and Diabetes Resource List for Consumers
FDA Diabetes Information
American Diabetes Association (ADA)
Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA)
International Diabetes Federation
National Health Information Center (NHIC)
World Health Organization
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