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DM = Diabetes

According to the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, patients with diabetes account for one in three hospitalizations in California, and according to Merced Sunstar, the percentage is even higher at nearly 36% in Merced County.   Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in Merced County,  with a death rate of 29%, higher than both state (20.7%) and national (21.3%) death rates, according to the Merced County Department of Public Health. Diabetes is an endocrine disorder that involves high blood sugar levels related to damaged pancreas cells or insulin resistance (insulin allows body cells to make use of sugar). Long-term, uncontrolled high blood sugar causes damage to small blood vessels in nerves and end organs such as eyes and kidneys, leading to diabetic complications of blindness, kidney disease, and nerve damage, and is often related to serious infections and the need for amputations. Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Halloween, and apparently 4th of July are all sweets-h

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