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Updated 36 weeks ago
Statins May Lower Amputation Risk in Diabetes
Sep 12, 2013 | 
Some cholesterol-lowering drugs may help reduce the risk of amputation for those with diabetes, according to a new study.
Kentucky Public Health Expert Says Diabetes Epidemic 'Really Requires Community Action And Support'
Jul 11, 2012 | 
An epidemic more deadly than coal dust is sweeping through the dogwood-dappled hollows of eastern Kentucky. The new threat: diabetes.  In Kentucky and across the broad Appalachian region, a third of the population is estimated by health officials to have diabetes, double the rate for the country as a whole. Ads for diabetes counseling and testing clinics have replaced those for supermarkets as a major revenue source in local newspapers, and billboards urging middle-aged people to get tested appear almost everywhere there’s a straight stretch of highway.
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