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Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, adult-onset blindness, and nontraumatic lower limb amputations.

National Institutes of Health. National Diabetes Statistics: Incidence of diabetes; 2005

Reference

Title
National Diabetes Statistics: Incidence of diabetes
Publication Date
2005
Authors
National Institutes of Health

Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

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