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Thursday, November 1, 2001
Joanne Gallivan, NIDDK
Diane Tuncer, ADA
As Diabetes Epidemic Surges, HHS and ADA Join Forces to Fight
Heart Disease, the Leading Cause of Death for People with Diabetes
New consumer campaign targets blood glucose, pressure, cholesterol
- A1C less than 7 percent. Check at least twice a year.
- Blood pressure below 130/80. Check at every doctor's visit.
- Cholesterol (LDL) below 100. Check at least once a year.
Questions To Ask
- What are my A1C, blood pressure, and cholesterol numbers?
- What are my treatment goals?
- What do I need to do to reach and maintain my goals?
The same steps needed to control blood glucose work for controlling blood pressure and cholesterol: stay at a healthy weight; follow a healthy diet; get daily physical activity; don't smoke; and take prescribed medications.
NDEP and ADA have developed a new tool: a new brochure for people with diabetes that provides essential information and has a wallet card to help them track their ABC numbers. It's free, and part of a new, national public education campaign, Be Smart About Your Heart: Control the ABCs of Diabetes. To get the new brochure and the free wallet card and to learn more about diabetes, call 1-800-438-5383 or visit NDEP's Web site at http://ndep.nih.gov or contact the ADA at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit www.diabetes.org/makethelink.
The National Diabetes Education Program is jointly sponsored by NIH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and 200 public and private partners.
The American Diabetes Association is the nation's leading voluntary health organization supporting diabetes research, information and advocacy. Founded in 1940, the ADA has offices in every region of the country, providing services to more than 800 communities.
Editors Note: This chart illustrates the recommended treatment goals for people with diabetes and can be included in your articles.