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Editorial | doi:10.5530/ax.2011.3.1

Diabetes Mellitus and Oxidative Stress in the Gastrointestinal Tract-Connecting the Dots

Authors and affiliation (s):

Subhankar Chakraborty M.D., Ph.D.


Diabetes mellitus is a global epidemic. In the United States alone, the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDCI), a joint service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases and the National Institute of Health estimates that 25.8 million people or about 8.3 percent of the population have the disease.[1] A worrisome statistic is that nearly 27% of these patients do not know that they have diabetes. While the detrimental effects of diabetes on the cardiovascular, neurologic and renal systems are well known, its effect on other organ systems including the gastrointestinal system are less well understood.


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