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MCV/Q, Medical College of Virginia Quarterly
I think the time will come when we will all agree that diabetes mellitus is indeed the most common endocrinopathy, and that if we live long enough, at least 25% of the people in this room will develop diabetes. I believe that diabetes has manifestations both as a homozygous and heterozygous state, and that the heterozygous state or so-called carrier state become clinically manifest as we get older. Now I am not sure that such diabetes has the same significance as diabetes coming on earlier in life. It may be a benign type of diabetes, but at any rate, it is common. The problem of diabetes of childhood onset is of tremendous importance because here we see diabetes in its most florid state, and here we see most clearly its devastating end results in certain patients. Here, at this moment, we stand by helplessly watching the evolution of some of the problems.
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