NZSSDNew Zealand Society for Study of Diabetes
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NZSSD medical director Paul Drury said a recent Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development report showed New Zealand was second worst behind the United States for Life years Lost to diabetes, "not to mention the devastating personal effects of kidney failure, amputation, blindness and early heart disease--all of which are worst in our Maori, Pacific and Indo-Asian communities.
More than 1000 people attended the study day and conference, about four times the number who usually attend the national NZSSD conference.