Health: Diabetes A Slow, Savage Killer

Scientists are battling high blood sugar, the overlooked affliction that strikes millions

Among dread diseases, from multiple sclerosis and cancer to Alzheimer's and AIDS, diabetes might appear to be one of the least threatening. If not quite perceived as conquered, it is widely viewed as a manageable, albeit serious, affliction. People with diabetes talk about living with their illness, not dying from it. To prove the point, they resolutely lead active and productive lives. Later, however, many will discover that this insidious disease has mocked their efforts to control it. Like a dormant volcano, diabetes can feign slumber for many years, only to erupt with sudden savagery.

Consider the case of Arthur Hettler...

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