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- Since 1985, the death rate from diabetes has increased almost 50% while the death rate from heart disease has fallen 16%.
- The full toll of diabetes is often underestimated because diabetics usually die from complications, not the disease itself.
- Since 1981, the percent of the total NIH budget devoted to diabetes research has decreased 30%.
- Until now, new drugs have been slow to arrive. In 1996, there were only about 50 candidate drugs in development, compared with more than 800 for heart disease.