Diabetes Research Improves Lives
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Medical research improves lives, and diabetes is a great example.
Hi, I’m Dr. Griffin Rodgers, Director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at NIH.
Sixty years ago, there weren’t any proven strategies to prevent diabetes complications like blindness, kidney disease, or heart disease. Today people with diabetes who control their blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol can prevent or delay complications.
In the fifties, about one in five people with type 1 diabetes died within 20 years after diagnosis. Now, with proper care, these individuals can have a normal lifespan.
And recently, the FDA approved a medication to treat a diabetic eye disease that can cause people with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes to lose their eye sight.
Life has improved for people with diabetes, and research continues to offer hope.
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