|Diabetes impacts the lives of millions of individuals in the United States and worldwide, resulting in significant morbidity and mortality and decreased quality of life. The numbers of those impacted by this illness continue to climb, with current prevalence exceeding 9% of adults over the age of 20, or approximately 20 million individuals. Unfortunately, diabetes care in country is suboptimal, with only 57%of patients having the recommended hemoglobin A1C of less than 7% in order to prevent end-organ complications. Diabetes is also associated with a tremendous economic burden, with costs that exceed 170 billion dollars for both direct medical care and indirect costs secondary to disability, work loss, and premature mortality.
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