10 Surprising Facts About Diabetes
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10 Surprising Facts About Diabetes

It affects 25.8 million Americans, but researchers are still discovering new ways to prevent—and treat—diabetes. Read on for some surprising facts about how to ward off this disease or live well if you have it. Now more than ever before, hope is on the horizon.

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