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Novo Nordisk Convenes Policy and Clinical Experts at Diabetes Media Summit
Date:6/12/2009

omplications(1).
  • Cancer receives five times more research dollars than diabetes.
  • HIV/AIDS receives 2.7 times more research dollars than diabetes (2).

  • Bridging the Knowledge Gap

    While most Americans are aware of diabetes, a gap exists between awareness and the knowledge and implementation of behavioral changes that can help to prevent or delay the consequences of diabetes. One-in-four people at risk for diabetes think they are unlikely to develop the disease, despite the fact that one-in-two Americans are affected by diabetes. While this knowledge gap is a barrier to changing the current path of diabetes, there is room for optimism.

    "As with many things, the biggest impediment to changing diabetes is changing people's minds. The Diabetes Media Summit and expert opinions provide a snapshot of a problem that is often hard to see but too big to ignore," said Dr. Nathaniel Clark, senior medical advisor, diabetes, Novo Nordisk. "With ongoing research, multi-disciplinary collaboration and public education, we can change diabetes and improve the health of America."

    Michael O'Grady, Ph.D., senior fellow, National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, and an expert on the congressional budgeting process, stressed that diabetes poses one of the nation's greatest public health challenges, underscoring the need to adjust our focus to include the chronic condition, not just the acute phase. O'Grady pointed to diabetes as the potential model for changing current healthcare legislation scoring.

    "Diabetes has the best data, the best modeling and the best studies," said O'Grady. "If we can intervene with a certain cohort of patients and figure out what that intervention will cost during the progression of the disease, then we can bring together the clinical trial data in an effective way to really help policy-
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