13271 - EPIDEMIOLOGY OF DIABETES ITS HISTORY IN THE LAST 50...

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EPIDEMIOLOGY OF DIABETES – ITS HISTORY IN THE LAST 50 YEARS Professor Paul Zimmet, AO, MD, PhD, FRACP, FRCP(UK) International Diabetes Institute, Melbourne, Australia
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Abstract The application of epidemiology to the study of diabetes mellitus has provided new insights into many aspects of this major public health problem including its natural history, prevalence, incidence, morbidity and mortality in diverse populations around the globe.
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“I, too, have not seen it in the West, nor did any of my teachers under whom I studied mention that they had seen diabetes. However, here in Egypt, in the course of approximately ten years, I have seen more than twenty people who suffer from this illness.” “Diabetes mellitus was seldom seen in “cold” Europe, whereas it was frequently encountered in “warm” Africa.” MAIMONIDES - THE FIRST DIABETES EPIDEMIOLOGIST? (1135-1204AD)
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Introduction (cont.) In between sifting and synthesizing this voluminous information, West made a number of insightful and noteworthy suggestions with regard to the future direction of diabetes research, and set a number of challenges for his colleagues. He was also somewhat prophetic in predicting some of the issues that are under critical (and sometimes not so critical) debate today, particularly with respect to classification and criteria of the diabetes syndrome.
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