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American Diabetes Association Announces Multi-Year Collaboration With Colgate-Palmolive
Date:4/2/2008

National Strategic Partnership will advance education around the oral health-diabetes connection

ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 2, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Diabetes Association (ADA) today announced that Colgate-Palmolive Company (Colgate) has signed on to become a National Strategic Partner of the American Diabetes Association. As a National Strategic Partner (NSP), Colgate will support ADA's oral care activities which will seek to further the understanding of the connection between oral health and diabetes, and educate health care professionals, patients, and the public about the importance of good oral care for people with diabetes -- as well as those at risk for developing diabetes.

As part of this relationship, Colgate has committed to support ADA's education efforts on the oral health-diabetes connection through the development of educational resources and materials to improve the awareness and understanding of the oral/systemic health association.

"We are thrilled to have Colgate join forces with the American Diabetes Association to help deliver important information about diabetes and oral health," said John Buse, MD, Ph.D., President, Medicine & Science, American Diabetes Association. "There has been a growing body of evidence suggesting that infections in the mouth can affect overall health and lead to systemic diseases such as diabetes. While more research is needed to understand the causal association, we believe this collaboration will benefit our constituents because maintaining healthy teeth and gums is not only important to the health of the mouth, but also important to the body's overall health as well."

It is estimated that people with diabetes are 2 to 5 times more likely to develop periodontal (gum) disease than people without diabetes, probably because people with diabetes are more susceptible to contracting infections. People who do not have their diabetes under control are especially at risk.

As a National Strategic Partner, Colgate will support the following elements of ADA's oral care activities:

-- "Ask the Dentist" On-Line Chat Series

-- ADA's Oral Hygiene Section of diabetes.org

Working together, ADA and Colgate want to further the understanding of the connection between oral health and diabetes. In addition to things consumers know they can do to help protect their overall health and help prevent diabetes -- like lose weight, be physically active, eat right, keep cholesterol and blood pressure under control, and stop smoking - they can also take care of their mouths.

Nearly 21 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes, a disease characterized by high blood glucose (sugar) levels that result from defects in the body's ability to produce and/or use insulin. Another 54 million Americans are estimated to be at high risk for developing this disease. Diabetes can lead to severely debilitating or fatal complications, such as heart disease, blindness, kidney disease, and amputations. It is the fifth leading cause of death by disease in the U.S.

The American Diabetes Association is the nation's premier voluntary health organization supporting diabetes research, information and advocacy. The Association's mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. Founded in 1940, the Association provides services to hundreds of communities across the country. For more information, please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit http://www.diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.


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