By Lori Brookhart-Schervish and Hope S. Warshaw, R.D., CDE
The latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveal an eye-opening number: 24 million Americans are now living with diabetes -- 18 million have been diagnosed and 6 million have diabetes but they haven't yet been diagnosed. Statistics show that 90-95 percent of people with diabetes have type 2. Research studies and clinical trials are going on across the United States and around the world, sparking awareness, debate, and hope.
At the Forefront of Diabetes Research
The U.S. government spends more than $1 billion a year on diabetes research. For close to 70 years, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) has dedicated its resources to research, educate, legislate, and fight for progress and against discrimination. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International (JDRF), founded in 1970 by parents of children with type 1 diabetes, is another influential organization dedicated to type 1 research and advocacy, including advancements in drug therapies and stem cell research.
Read on for updates on some of the biggest advances and findings in diabetes today.
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