Author Affiliations: Regenstrief Institute for Health Care, Indianapolis, Ind (Dr Clark); National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md (Dr Fradkin); Demonstration and Education Division, Michigan Diabetes Research and Training Center, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor (Dr Hiss); Department of Pediatrics, University of Illinois, College of Medicine at Peoria (Dr Lorenz); Division of Diabetes Translation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Ga (Dr Vinicor); and Hager Sharp, Washington, DC (Ms Warren-Boulton).
Diabetes mellitus exacts an enormous toll in the United States by decreasing
quality of life and causing death and disability, all at a huge economic cost.
Yet simple diagnostic criteria and effective treatment choices that prevent
or delay the onset of costly diabetes complications are readily available
to health care professionals. It is time for health care professionals and
patients with diabetes to take action together to reduce premature morbidity
and mortality from diabetes-caused disease. The National Diabetes Education
Program is the first joint diabetes initiative of the National Institutes
of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and involves
public and private partnerships to promote early diagnosis and improve the
treatment and outcomes for patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Clark CM, Fradkin JE, Hiss RG, Lorenz RA, Vinicor F, Warren-Boulton E. Promoting Early Diagnosis and Treatment of Type 2 DiabetesThe National Diabetes Education Program. JAMA. 2000;284(3):363-365. doi:10.1001/jama.284.3.363