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Survey Reveals Significant Public Lack of Diabetes Awareness

ucose monitoring (CGM) systems.

In order to dispel the myths associated with type 1 diabetes, and raise awareness of currently available therapy options, Medtronic is funding a series of educational initiatives across the county this summer. These local events, the first taking place in Miami this May, will educate interested individuals in the epidemiology and therapy options for type 1 diabetes. Presenters will share their experiences with the newest diabetes treatments available, and how these therapies can improve health outcomes and quality of life.

These educational activities will coincide with the unveiling of a new informative Web site, www.RealDiabetesControl.com, where patients can access information about the latest treatment options to improve their diabetes control. Patients also have the opportunity to sign up for an educational seminar in their local area.

"As the nation's attention turns to type 2 diabetes for the American Diabetes Alert on March 27th, it is important for people not to forget the more than one million Americans with type 1 diabetes," said Dr. Kaufman. "There is an immediate need for greater public understanding of diabetes, and the most effective ways to help diabetes patients live longer, healthier lives."

Type 1 diabetes develops when the body's immune system destroys pancreatic beta cells, the only cells that make insulin--a necessary hormone to regulate blood glucose. Type 1 patients depend on daily delivery of insulin from an insulin pump or injections to survive. Insulin pumps are the most advanced method for precise and adjustable insulin delivery. Many patients experience improved quality of life with insulin pump therapy combined with CGM technology, which is clinically proven to help patients monitor and better control their diabetes. For more information about type 1 diabetes and its treatment options, please visit www.RealDiabetesControl.com.

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