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Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness, kidney failure, and lower-limb amputations not related to trauma. 

Villarivera C, Wolcott J, Jain A, Zhang Y, et al. The US Preventive Services Task Force Should Consider A Broader Evidence Base In Updating Its Diabetes Screening Guidelines. Health Aff. 2012; 31(1): 35-42. http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/31/1/35.abstract

Reference

Title
The US Preventive Services Task Force Should Consider A Broader Evidence Base In Updating Its Diabetes Screening Guidelines
Publication
Health Aff
Publisher
Project HOPE
Publication Date
2012
Authors
Villarivera C, Wolcott J, Jain A, Zhang Y, et al
Volume & Issue
Volume 31, Issue 1
Pages
35-42
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

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