|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sunday, June 24, 2001
Joanne Gallivan, NIH
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Scientists Report New Findings on the Connection Between Diabetes and Heart Disease and Stroke
National Diabetes Education Program Launches Public Education Campaign
- A is for the A1C test to measure blood glucose;
- B is for blood pressure; and
- C is for cholesterol.
“We want people to ask their health care providers three important
questions about the ABCs of diabetes,” said Dr. Judith Fradkin,
NDEP Executive Committee member and Director of the Division of
Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolic Diseases at the National
Institutes of Health. 1)What are my A1C, blood pressure, and
cholesterol numbers? 2)What are my treatment goals? 3)What do I
need to do to reach my goals?
“We have come to learn that the devastating effects of cardiovascular
disease do not have to happen to people with diabetes,” said Dr.
Frank Vinicor, NDEP Executive Committee member and Director of
the Division of Diabetes Translation of the CDC. “Managing the
ABCs can make a real difference in the lives of people with
The Be Smart About Your Heart campaign will include mass media
messages, educational materials for consumers, and clinical practice
tools for health care providers that support and complement the
efforts of the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart
Association, the American College of Physicians and other groups.
The National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP), a joint initiative
of the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention, has worked for well over a year with its 200
partner organizations in this effort.
For more information about controlling diabetes, call the National
Diabetes Education Program at 1-800-860-8747 or visit the
program’s web sites at http://ndep.nih.gov or www.cdc.gov/diabetes
on the Internet.