describe the Magnitude of the Risk connected to Diabetes.
Among people with diabetes, about two-thirds of
deaths are due to cardiovascular disease. Approximately 40% are due to ischemic heart
disease, about 15% are due to other heart disease, principally congestive heart failure,
and about 10% are due to stroke. These data suggest that therapies to treat diabetes
should be evaluated at least in part by their effects on cardiovascular disease.
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