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Mayor Reed Urges Older Adults in Atlanta to Get Screened for Diabetes
Date:3/23/2010

The need for this project is great.  Overall, among adults ages 65 and older, 32 percent have diabetes, and about half of them are undiagnosed.(1) Moreover, another 40 percent have pre-diabetes(1), a condition in which blood glucose levels are above normal, but not yet in the range for diabetes, and when there may still be time to prevent or delay disease onset.  When these statistics are applied to older adults in Medicare in Georgia, it is estimated that there are more than 100,000 older adults with undiagnosed diabetes and more than 300,000 with pre-diabetes.  In Atlanta alone, there are more than 30,000 with undiagnosed diabetes and more than 80,000 with pre-diabetes.(2)

City Councilman Michael Julian Bond, who joined Mayor Reed at today's event, reinforced the importance of finding those in Medicare with undiagnosed diabetes and pre-diabetes.  "I've seen close-up the devastation that diabetes can cause, and I know it doesn't have to happen," said Councilman Bond, who is also a volunteer for the American Diabetes Association.  "That's why asking your doctor if you should be tested for diabetes is such an important first step on the road to better health."

Dr. Renard Murray, Regional Administrator of the Atlanta office of t
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