Medicine: Puzzling Ailment

Hope for juvenile diabetics

The disease strikes some 1.5 million Americans, usually between infancy and age 40. Yet unlike the other major form of diabetes, which afflicts some 8.5 million older Americans, it can never be controlled by diet alone. Juvenile-onset diabetes requires daily injections of insulin, the hormone used by the body to help burn sugar. But even with life-giving insulin therapy, there may be severe complications, including blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks and stroke. Partly because insulin keeps people alive long enough to bear children who may inherit the disease, the...

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