What, then, will be the future of the understanding and care of persons with diabetes? Those attending the conference were, in essence, presented with 3 vastly different components of what will ultimately be the single fabric of diabetes. We have come to learn a great deal about insulin resistance and the beta cell, and will grow to understand more about the application of these concepts to effective treatment. Yet we may be at risk of having made diabetes appear simply a matter of dietary excess and lack of physical activity. Those who hesitated so little to spend close to $280 billion over the past 3 years on the war in Iraq may feel it is now time to reduce spending what one must acknowledge to be an equally appalling $130 billion annually on diabetes. Certainly, an easy way to reduce such spending would be simply to determine, by fiat, that reimbursement rates for provision of diabetes services are to be lowered. It is to be hoped that the efforts of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists will allow the creation of more appropriate approaches to truly allow us to reap the promise of our growing understanding of this immensely complex illness.
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