CDC Press Release:New AMA, CDC Initiative Aims to “Prevent Diabetes STAT”

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                       

March 12, 2015

 

New AMA, CDC Initiative Aims to “Prevent Diabetes STAT” 

Leading voices in health care launch urgent effort to reduce the incidence of type 2 diabetes, one of nation’s most debilitating chronic diseases 

 

Chicago – With more than 86 million Americans living with prediabetes and nearly 90 percent of them unaware of it, the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today announced that they have joined forces to take urgent action to Prevent Diabetes STAT and are urging others to join in this critical effort.

 

Prevent Diabetes STAT: Screen, Test, Act - Today™, is a multi-year initiative that expands on the robust work each organization has already begun to reach more Americans with prediabetes and stop the progression to type 2 diabetes, one of the nation’s most debilitating chronic diseases. Through this initiative, the AMA and CDC are sounding an alarm and shining a light on prediabetes as a critical and serious medical condition.

   

“It’s time that the nation comes together to take immediate action to help prevent diabetes before it starts,” said AMA President Robert M. Wah, M.D. “Type 2 diabetes is one of our nation’s leading causes of suffering and death—with one out of three people at risk of developing the disease in their lifetime. To address and reverse this alarming national trend, America needs frontline physicians and other health care professionals as well as key stakeholders such as employers, insurers, and community organizations to mobilize and create stronger linkages between the care delivery system, our communities, and the patients we serve.”

 

“The time to act is now. We need a national, concerted effort to prevent additional cases of type 2 diabetes in our nation – and we need it now,” said Ann Albright, Ph.D., R.D., director of CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation. “We have the scientific evidence and we’ve built the infrastructure to do something about it, but far too few people know they have prediabetes and that they can take action to prevent or delay developing type 2 diabetes.”

  

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**Editor’s Note:  Below are related links for patients and health care providers

 

Patient Resources

Physician Practice Resources 

Toolkit for health care providers

 

About the AMA
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Kelly Jakubek                                                 
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Kelly.Jakubek@ama-assn.org 

 

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