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April 2009 Issue

7 Steps You Can Take To Help Curb The Myriad Complications Of Diabetes

Three of every five Americans with type 2 diabetes have at least one complication of the disease, according to the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. The health toll of complications range from merely unpleasant to early death. Officially the 7th deadliest disease in the U.S., its known to be greatly underreported as a contributing factor in deaths. It exacts a financial toll tooan estimated $4,100 more each year to treat complications. Why Complications Happen. Diabetes affects nearly 24 million Americans, most with type 2, which develops and progresses based largely on age, weight and diet. Unfortunately, not everyone with the disease is able to control blood sugar levels. Its this lack of control that experts believe contributes to the development of most complications. While all complications are of concern, here EN focuses on three key ones and what can be done to control them.

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