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NCDP Health Care Reform Recommendations Advocate for Diabetes Prevention, Treatment and Care
Date:7/23/2009

PRINCETON, N.J., July 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Changing Diabetes((R)) Program (NCDP), a program of Novo Nordisk, and several member associations today urged President Obama and members of Congress to make the prevention, detection and treatment of diabetes, one of the nation's most pervasive and costly diseases, a priority in reforming the U.S. healthcare system.

In an open letter to the President and lawmakers, NCDP said a national response to diabetes is required in order to transform health care and begin to ease the economic and personal burden of the disease, which is growing at an alarming rate. Today more than one in four Americans have diabetes or pre-diabetes, and these two conditions are estimated to have cost the U.S. $218 billion in 2007 in medical care and lost productivity, according to a recent study.

Joining the NCDP in reaching out to lawmakers are the American Diabetes Association, the American College of Physicians and VSP.

"We applaud the effort to reorient our health care system to focus more on the prevention of disease, and nowhere is the need greater than with diabetes," said Dana Haza, senior director of NCDP, an initiative created by Novo Nordisk to drive health systems change at the national and local level. "Not only does diabetes frequently result in devastating and costly complications, but diabetes also significantly increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease, amputations and depression. So tackling diabetes early will make a huge impact on our nation's overall health care system."

Type 2 diabetes, the most prevalent form of the disease, can often be delayed or prevented. Data show that the risk of type 2 diabetes can be prevented or at least significantly delayed by losing even a modest amount of weight through diet and regular exercise. Further, other studies have s
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