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Am J Prev Med. 2013 Oct;45(4):486-93. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2013.05.017.

Law, public health, and the diabetes epidemic.

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Office of Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services (Moulton), CDC, Atlanta, Georgia. Electronic address:


The prevalence of new cases of diabetes continues to increase, and the health burden for those with diabetes remains high. This is attributable, in part, to low adoption of evidence-based interventions for diabetes prevention and control. Law is a critical tool for health improvement, yet assessments reported in this paper indicate that federal, state, and local laws give only partial support to guidelines and evidence-based interventions relevant to diabetes prevention and control. Public health practitioners and policymakers who are concerned with the human, fiscal, and economic costs of the epidemic can explore new ways to translate the evidence base for diabetes prevention and control into effective laws and policies.

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