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This week: reducing complications in diabetes

The sharp reduction in diabetic complications is encouraging news for more than 21 million Americans who have been diagnosed with the disease. Federal researchers recently showed about 2/3 fewer heart attacks, 50 percent fewer strokes and amputations, and 30 percent fewer incidents of kidney failure among people with diabetes over the past two decades.

“The good news is, we’re better at treating the disease and preventing complications. The bad news is, more people have the disease, so the burden is still huge for the country,” says Dr. Ruth Weinstock, medical director for the Joslin Diabetes Center.

Dr. Weinstock explains today's most effective treatments for diabetes and the advances that have helped reduce complications.

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