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Question: How common is diabetes?

Answer:

An estimated 14-16 million Americans have diabetes, although many are not aware of it. While most of these are in the fifth, sixth and seventh decades of life, a significant number of children have diabetes. Undiagnosed diabetes can be a life- threatening disease in children.

Reference: American Diabetes Association: Nutrition recommendations and principles for people with diabetes mellitus. Diabetes Care 17:519-522, 1994

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