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Leading Advocacy Groups Set National Diabetes Goal
Date:5/7/2008

Findings from landmark national survey point to urgent need for Americans

to be screened for glucose levels

WASHINGTON, May 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Changing Diabetes(R) Program (NCDP), an initiative created by Novo Nordisk to improve the lives of people with diabetes, joined together with other advocacy and business groups today to announce a National Diabetes Goal -- by 2015, 45% of Americans or approximately 59 million adults, who are at-risk for type 2 diabetes will know their blood glucose level and what actions to take. Currently only 17% of Americans, or approximately 22 million adults, at-risk know their blood glucose level and what actions to take.

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"People at-risk for diabetes must know their blood glucose levels the way they do their cholesterol levels," said Mike Huckabee, former Governor of Arkansas and keynote speaker at the NCDP briefing. "Setting this goal encourages everyone -- government, industry, communities and individuals -- to take actions that prevent diabetes and its complications."

The National Diabetes Goal is supported by many of the nation's leading advocacy and business organizations, including the American Diabetes Association, American Association of Diabetes Educators, American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, American Optometric Association, Entertainment Industry Foundation, Food Marketing Institute, National Association of Chain Drug Stores, National Business Coalition on Health and Revolution Health.

The goal is announced in conjunction with the release by NCDP of its new Societal Barometer, a national benchmark survey of public knowledge and perceptions on diabetes conducted by Gallup(R). Today, nearly two-thirds of U.S. adults (133 million) are overweight or obese, a key risk factor of diabetes. The Gallup(
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