CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 1993
One in seven Latinos has diabetes--a rate three times greater than in the general population. In Los Angeles County, more than half of the 469,000 Latinos who have diabetes don't know it. Left untreated, diabetes leads to serious health complications, including heart and kidney disease, stroke, blindness or amputations. And diabetes takes a financial toll: Direct and indirect costs for the disease run to more than $20.4 billion--nearly 5% of annual U.S. health-care costs.