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The Anna and Max Webb & Family Diabetes Outpatient Treatment and Education Center at Cedars-Sinai has been recognized by the American Diabetes Association with a citation for excellence and special note of Cedars-Sinai's ongoing commitment to high quality healthcare for diabetic patients.
An estimated 20 million people in the United States have diabetes, or nearly seven percent of the total population. Known as a silent killer, 5 million people are unaware that they are affected. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States and the subject of research projects and clinical trials nationwide.
Diabetes occurs when the body fails to produce or correctly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that changes sugar, starches and other food into energy. When controls break down and the level of insulin in the body rises too high, the patient becomes diabetic. Related health problems can be severe, including blindness, kidney disease, nerve damage, amputation, heart disease and stroke.