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Newsletter Summary For 21-August-2000:

Today's Vidyya is all about diabetes resources. From frequently asked questions, to a handy pocket-tool for health practitioners that keeps track of diabetes by the numbers, this issue covers the basics and more.

The National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse is an excellent place to start looking for information regarding diabetes--whether you are a patient or a professional. All of the materials on the Web site are free to be copied and distributed which makes the site an invaluable resource for patient education. The Clearinghouse answers your questions in person, on the phone and over e-mail.

Older women with diabetes bear an increased danger of cognitive decline. In a study published in Archives of Internal Medicine, the CDC found that women aged 65 years and older who have diabetes scored lower in three cognitive tests than women without diabetes and had a greater rate of cognitive decline over three to six years. The tests measured such cognitive functions as concentration, language, memory, psychomotor performance, and perceptual organization. The study also showed that women who had diabetes for 15 years or longer had a 57 percent to 114 percent greater risk of major cognitive decline than women without diabetes.

This issue also contains a list of organizations that deal with diabetes care and information. The list includes governmental, organizational and private organizations. We hope you find the resources presented in this Vidyya valuable to your practice.

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As always, we hope you enjoy the issue.

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