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Control, Complications, Confidence: The Regenstrief Conference on the Risks and Benefits of Intensive Management in NIDDM

Frank Davidoff, MD, Editor
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Copyright ©2004 by the American College of Physicians

Ann Intern Med. 1996;124(1_Part_1):65-66. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-124-1_Part_1-199601010-00011
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Many adult diabetic patients and their doctors, it seems, minimize the importance of non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM), seeing it as “just a touch of sugar” and not confronting the real damage it can inflict. But even those of us who, as diabetologists, have spent a good part of our careers struggling with the worst diabetes has to offer—the ugly foot ulcers and the mutilating amputations, the enervating nephrotic syndrome and renal failure, the seemingly endless constipation and diarrhea and gastroparesis, the ravages of galloping proliferative retinopathy—have until now directed our therapies more to the control of acute, present symptoms than to chronic, future complications.

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