Medicine: Diabetics' New Gospel of Control

Frequent blood tests can help sufferers lead a normal life

It is the first day of class. Five students sit expectantly around a table that nearly fills the small, brightly lit room. They are an attractive group: educated, well-dressed, ranging in age from 27 to 35 and seemingly healthy. Yet most of their lives they have been suffering from a life-threatening ailment: diabetes, which ranks behind only heart disease and cancer as a cause of death in the U.S. Some of those in the class have begun to experience the terrible complications associated with...

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