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Diabetes treatment research underway in CaliforniaPosted On Tue, July 20, 2010
Almost 60 drugs are under development to treat diabetes in California, according to the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America.
Such drugs stand to benefit over 23 million Americans, the report reveals. PhRMA vice president Ed Belkin says that nearly 8 percent of Americans had diabetes in 2007, with medical expenses ballooning to more than $170 billion.
"Clearly, there is an urgent need for our companies to focus on diabetes, the nation's fifth deadliest disease," says Belkin. "Since 1987, the diabetes death rate has increased by 45 percent even as the death rates for heart disease, stroke and cancer have declined."
Belkin also notes that medicine is crucial to helping people with diabetes live a long life. In addition to medication, there are habits people can incorporate into their lifestyles to help fend off the disease.
Type 2 diabetes is the most prevalent form of the disease and can be avoided in some cases through proper diet and exercise, according to the American Diabetes Association.
Drugs used to treat diabetes can be expensive. It's best for people to take preventative steps whenever possible to avoid becoming sick and paying more for health insurance.
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