July 19, 2000

Promoting Early Diagnosis and Treatment of Type 2 DiabetesThe National Diabetes Education Program

Author Affiliations

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).

JAMA. 2000;284(3):363-365. doi:10.1001/jama.284.3.363

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.

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