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Warren Gillibrand, Jean Taylor, John Gareth Hughes
Practice Nursing, Vol. 15, Iss. 3, 05 Mar 2004, pp 144 - 149

Diabetes is a heterogeneous group of disorders of carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism characterized by chronic hyperglycaemia, degenerative vascular changes and neuropathy (Watson and Royle, 1987). Long-term complications associated with diabetes include coronary artery and peripheral vascular disease, stroke, renal disease, central and peripheral nerve damage, and amputations and blindness resulting in increased disability and reduced life expectancy (Brownlee, 1985; Ganda, 1985; Amos et al, 1997).

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