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Diabetes Mellitus—A Call for Papers

Catherine D. DeAngelis, MD, MPH; David S. Cooper, MD; Phil B. Fontanarosa, MD, MBA
JAMA. 2008;300(4):441. doi:10.1001/jama.300.4.441.
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For the second time this decade, JAMA will publish a theme issue devoted to the topic of diabetes mellitus. While some progress has been made in understanding and managing diabetes since the May 15, 2002, theme issue,1 the epidemic continues, as does JAMA's strong interest in this problem.

In 2000 the worldwide prevalence of diabetes was estimated to be 2.8% and is projected to reach 4.4% by 2030.2 In 2005, the total prevalence of diabetes among all ages for those born in the United States was 20.8 million individuals (7% of the population), and an estimated 30% of the cases were undiagnosed.3 The estimated lifetime risk of developing diabetes for individuals in the United States is 32.8% for men and 38.5% for women.4

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