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4 kilograms per capita, with a growth of about 20% towards the end of the decade.

Control of diabetes, the most common metabolic disease in the world, largely hinges on managing sugar levels in the bloodstream. According to a recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, one out of every 7 health care dollars, or $105 billion goes to the treatment of diabetes-related complications. Individual diabetics spent an average of $9,493 on health care in 1992, the latest data available, compared with $2,604 for people without diabetes, the study said. The National Institutes of Health proved that nearly 16 million diabetic patients who can potentially maintain blood-sugar levels as close as possible to normal can significantly slow the disease.


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NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center--Space Sciences Laboratory
14-Sep-1998


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