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The HealthCentral Network's MyDiabetesCentral.com Launches Interactive Resource to Promote Awareness of Diabetes
Date:11/3/2008

ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In recognition of Diabetes Awareness Month, The HealthCentral Network's (http://www.HealthCentral.com) MyDiabetesCentral.com has launched an interactive information center with leading resources on pre-diabetes and diabetes risk, including an assessment where users can gauge their risk of type 2 diabetes. HealthCentral's Diabetes Awareness Month center is available at http://www.healthcentral.com/diabetes/awareness-month-2008.html.

"The growing global epidemic of diabetes is an underappreciated problem of world-wide dimensions," said Dr. William Quick, endocrinologist and MyDiabetesCentral.com expert. "It's a risk to health and indeed to life for those people diagnosed with diabetes, and an added burden on their families And for society as a whole, healthcare costs for diabetes are exploding, and indirect costs such as loss of productivity loom larger in the future."

Diabetes affects more than 23 million people in the US and more than 90% of diagnoses are type 2. "As health-care providers, patients, and families, we need to work to increase the awareness that diabetes is a chronic disease that can be successfully treated, and often times delayed or prevented," Quick added.

"As the incidence of diabetes continues to increase, it becomes more important than ever that people are aware of the signs, symptoms and treatment of this disease," said Christopher M. Schroeder, CEO of The HealthCentral Network. "Through our unique, credible and understandable resources, we hope to increase awareness and education of diabetes to better the health of our users."

MyDiabetesCentral.com is an open forum for candid conversations about diabetes management, focused specifically on the people who cope with diabetes day-to-day. The site is a resource for information on diagnosis, treatment and new research, featuring diabetes experts David Mendosa, Gretchen Becker, Quick and others who offer commentary on diabetes news, tips for living with the condition, and more.

About The HealthCentral Network

The HealthCentral Network, Inc. (http://www.HealthCentral.com) is a leading online health resource, with more than 35 condition-specific and wellness sites. By offering connections to renowned experts, a network of patients and caregivers who share "real world" experience, and in-depth information, sites in The HealthCentral Network make a meaningful difference in the lives of patients and caregivers. The HealthCentral Network also manages the highest-quality health advertising network, not building size for size's sake but engaging qualified audiences who value and connect with information from marketers on their terms.

The HealthCentral Network was acquired in 2005 by Polaris Venture Partners, The Carlyle Group, Sequoia Capital, and Allen & Company. In January 2008, the Company received a significant minority investment from IAC/InteractiveCorp and additional investment from its original investors, and IAC CEO Barry Diller joined the company's board of directors. In April 2008, HealthCentral and IAC Ad Solutions Network announced a new ad network relationship, expanding the collective reach to nearly 50 million monthly unique users.

HealthCentral's management team combines decades of interactive media, medical and journalism experience: CEO Christopher M. Schroeder was CEO and Publisher of Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive, the interactive subsidiary of The Washington Post Company.

Contact:

The HealthCentral Network

Krystle Kopacz, Public Relations Manager

kopacz@thcn.com

703.302.1067


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