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

R) survey showed that one in four adults (24%) have either been diagnosed by a physician as having diabetes (9%) or as being at-risk for diabetes (15%). Another 47% of adults report feeling they could be at-risk, even though they have not been diagnosed.

The NCDP is working along with private and public sector supporters toward achieving the ambitious goal by promoting the following three important steps among those at-risk for type 2 diabetes: 1) Find out if your are at-risk; 2) Ask about getting your blood glucose checked at your next doctor's visit; and 3) Know your blood glucose level and what actions to take.

"In addition to those already suffering from diabetes, there are millions of Americans who are at high risk for developing this disease, so it is imperative that they know their risk factors and take steps to prevent diabetes and its serious complications," said Stewart Perry, Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Diabetes Association.

The Societal Barometer found that general awareness about diabetes, its risk factors and complications is high, and that almost half of American adults feel they are personally affected by diabetes. While most Americans (83%) believe there are things a person can do to prevent diabetes it is less clear whether they fully understand the preventive benefits of maintaining a healthy weight, losing weight and getting regular physical activity or exercise. When asked, unaided, only 20% cited maintaining a healthy weight or losing weight as a way to prevent diabetes and even fewer (16%) mentioned exercise for the prevention of diabetes.

"The public understands what type 2 diabetes is, who it impacts and that it is largely preventable, yet that does not seem to motivate changes or behaviors to prevent it," said Dana Haza, senior director of the National Changing Diabetes(R) Program. "The power to prevent type 2 diabetes in America is in the hands of every American. But it will take individuals,
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