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Date:11/15/2007

will likely progress to diabetes without appropriate preventive treatment. An additional concern is the increase in obesity; a major risk factor in developing diabetes.

Diabetes is a common, serious and costly disease in Georgia. Approximately 7% of the adult population in Georgia has diagnosed diabetes. For every two patients diagnosed with diabetes, another has not been diagnosed. The prevalence of Type 2 diabetes is increasing throughout Georgia, including children and adolescents. In 2000, diabetes was the 6th leading cause of death in Georgia, killing approximately 1500 Georgians. Diabetes can contribute to heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney failure, amputations, and early death, particularly when best standards of care are not followed. In Georgia, the cost of diabetes due to medical care, lost productivity and premature death is over $4 billion per year.

"Transforming health and healthcare in America is foremost about saving lives," said former Speaker Newt Gingrich. "When it comes to diseases like diabetes, prevention and quality care are essential. These organizations have not only recognized this fact but they have also allocated precious resources to curb the growing obesity and diabetes epidemic in this country."

The Center's Healthy Georgia Diabetes and Obesity Initiative has several goals:

-- Reduce the incidence of diabetes and obesity as well as the

complications and death rate associated with both conditions through

consistent implementation of best practices.

-- Reduce health disparities in racial and ethnic populations

disproportionately impacted by diabetes and obesity.

-- Improve public awareness and patient understanding of diabetes and

its control.

-- Promote better self-management among those with diabetes and obese

individuals.

-- Accelerate the migration from paper to electronic record keeping so

that access and accuracy of informa
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