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ACP unveils tools to improve care for patients with prediabetes, gout, obesity, and Alzheimer's
Date:4/10/2013

April 10, 2013 -- The American College of Physicians (ACP) today unveiled a series of interventions to help patients and physicians manage prediabetes, gout, obesity and weight loss, and Alzheimer's disease.

"Prediabetes: Your guide to reducing your risk for the development of diabetes"

Patients with prediabetes and undiagnosed type 2 diabetes face serious health issues. Prediabetes increases the risk of cardiovascular disease and death compared with normal patients. Untreated diabetes can lead to blindness, kidney disease, amputation, and other serious conditions.

This patient booklet, funded by a grant from Novo Nordisk, is designed to encourage conversation between patients and their physicians. It provides important information about prediabetes and risks for diabetes that should trigger action by the patient. Offered in English and Spanish, the booklet is written in a conversational tone at a fifth-grade reading level and includes photographs of real patients with their families. It gives practical tips and concrete examples of how to reduce the risk for developing diabetes.

Three patient videos are also available: "Prediabetes: An Overview"," Prediabetes and Proper Diet," and "Prediabetes and Increasing Activity."

"Relief from Gout: A Guide for Patients"

Gout is a type of arthritis that causes sudden severe pain, swelling, and tenderness. Left untreated, gout attacks can become more frequent and severe. Approximately 8 million people in the U.S. cope with gout, but it is still often not recognized or treated.

The guidebook and accompanying DVD explain the basics of gout and how it can be successfully managed. Patients will learn what causes gout, how to relieve gout pain, and ways to reduce the risk of future gout attacks.

"Excess Weight and Your Health: A Guide to Effective, Healthy Weight Loss"

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Contact: Steve Majewski
smajewski@acponline.org
415-978-3714
American College of Physicians
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