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[Editorial] Diabetes: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

Type 2 diabetes is on the rise. Total deaths from diabetes are projected to rise by more than 50% in the next 10 years. In a Comment in The Lancet today, Dimitri Pournaras and Carel le Roux warn that “Type 2 diabetes is becoming the plague of the 21st century” that “threatens to reduce life expectancy for future generations globally”. These are grave warnings indeed, but the application of good science and strong advocacy can mitigate these dangers.