DIABETES: SPOTLIGHT ON THERAPEUTIC ADVANCES

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Abstract

♦ The worldwide diabetes epidemic continues unabated, with a staggering toll in acute and chronic complications, disability, and death.

♦ In 2005, an estimated 20.8 million persons in the US, or about 7% of the population, had diabetes, although the illness had been diagnosed in only about two thirds of these people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

♦ Although physicians know how to treat diabetes in individual patients, overall progress against the epidemic requires widespread improvement in glycemic control.

♦ Novel treatment options in late-stage development, such as DDP-IV inhibitors and GLP-1 analogues, may have additional disease modifying benefits.

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