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U.S. Preventive Medicine Says Prevention Can Keep Diabetes Costs From Rising
Date:10/28/2008

aking people aware of their risks of the disease through a comprehensive health risk assessment and a lab test, followed by educating at risk individuals on lifestyle modifications and other healthy behaviors.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that of the 23 million Americans with diabetes about 5 million don't know they have the disease. New evidence also indicates that at least 57 million people in the U.S. have pre-diabetes and are at risk of developing diabetes, noted Dr. Beg.

"Oftentimes we hear a tiny but vocal group who discount preventive medicine as a solution to the health care crisis saying that early testing and screenings won't save money," said Dr. Beg. "But if we take diabetes as an example, screen the population at risk and focus on them, we can significantly bring down the associated healthcare costs."

"When more than 25 percent of our population is at risk of all the negative and expensive outcomes associated with a disease like diabetes, over-diagnosis and increased utilization of medical services through preventive screenings is shortsighted. Instead we need to continue to use tools at our disposal to make people at risk of preventable diseases aware and help those with diseases prevent further complications and suffering," concluded Dr. Beg.

About U.S. Preventive Medicine(R):

U.S. Preventive Medicine(R), a privately-owned global prevention services company with clients nationwide and the United Kingdom, provides primary, secondary and tertiary clinical prevention services to government, employers and consumers that are data-driven and outcomes-oriented. Company products include the world's first preventive health benefit, The Prevention Plan(TM), available to buy or test drive at http://www.USPreventiveMedicine.com and http://www.ThePreventionPlan.com .


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