2008 Press Releases

September 25, 2008
American Diabetes Association Celebrates Historic Victory for Americans with Disabilities
The American Diabetes Association applauds President George W. Bush for signing the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADA-AA) into law today.

September 17, 2008
American Diabetes Association Congratulates Congress & Encourages President Bush to Sign Landmark Civil Rights Legislation into Law
The American Diabetes Association will stand with members of the business and the disability communities today to celebrate today's final passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADA Amendments Act) in Congress and to encourage President George W. Bush to sign this landmark civil rights legislation into law.

September 11, 2008
American Diabetes Association Applauds U.S. Senate for Passing Landmark Legislation for Americans with Disabilities
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) applauds the U.S. Senate today, for passing S. 3406, the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act, landmark legislation designed to protect Americans with disabilities from discrimination.

September 11, 2008
American Diabetes Association Announces New Latino Diabetes Toolkit
To celebrate the beginning of National Hispanic Heritage Month and to recognize those in the Hispanic/Latino American population who have, or are at risk for, diabetes, the American Diabetes Association, through a grant from the Abbott Fund, is introducing its new Adult Prevention Toolkit designed specifically for community-based and faith-based organizations in Hispanic/Latino communities.

September 9, 2008
American Diabetes Association Survey Identifies Issues Every Man with Diabetes Should Know
In addition to dealing with the day-to-day aspects of diabetes management that involve blood glucose, nutrition and lifestyle management, men in the United States with diabetes are also grappling with other physical, emotional and sexual health issues according to survey findings released today by the American Diabetes Association.

August 28, 2008
Hitting a Home Run with Diabetes: College Coach and Catcher Team Up On and Off the Field
RBIs, batting averages, home runs, ERAs, strikeouts – there are many numbers to keep track of in baseball. Some players and coaches have to watch other numbers, too, like blood glucose levels, carbohydrates, and insulin units. In the September issue of Diabetes Forecast, the consumer magazine of the American Diabetes Association, Sam Houston State University starting catcher Heath Pugh and his assistant coach, Chris Berry, who talk about playing baseball while wearing insulin pumps and the unique bond they've forged as athletes with diabetes.

August 12, 2008
Early Weightloss Reaps Long-term Benefits for Type-2 Diabetes
People who lose weight soon after being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes are up to twice as likely as those who don't to achieve blood glucose and blood pressure goals, even if the weight comes back, according to a study published online today in the journal Diabetes Care.

August 4, 2008
Do You Know What You are Eating? ADA Introduces MyFoodAdvisor
Even when you try to eat healthy there are oftentimes hidden ingredients lurking. Did you know that low-fat often means high in sugar or sodium? Today the American Diabetes Association (ADA) launched an online nutrition tool -- MyFoodAdvisor™ -- that unlocks the mystery of what is in many of the foods you eat at www.diabetes.org/myfoodadvisor.

August 1, 2008
American Diabetes Association Applauds U.S. Senate for Introducing Bill to Protect the Rights of Americans with Disabilities
The American Diabetes Association applauds members of the U.S. Senate for introducing the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act, which is aimed at strengthening protection from discrimination for people with disabilities and preserving the rights of Americans with diabetes and other serious illnesses.

July 24, 2008
Statement of the American Diabetes Association on Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act
Dan Kohrman, Chair of the American Diabetes Association's Legal Advocacy Subcommittee, issued the following statement to commemorate the 18th anniversary of the original passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

July 17, 2008
Bob Schieffer: Facing the Nation's Diabetes Crisis
Legendary news anchor Bob Schieffer may “face the nation” every Sunday on CBS, but over the last seven years he’s also faced something else: diabetes.

July 16, 2008
American Diabetes Association Urges Congress to Examine Ravages of Childhood Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) today, applauded Chairman Chris Dodd (D-CT), Ranking Member Lamar Alexander (R-TN), and members of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Children and Families for holding a hearing on, "Childhood Obesity: The Declining Health of America's Next Generation."

July 15, 2008
Statement of the American Diabetes Association on U.S. Senate Hearing to Discuss the Americans with Disabilities Act
John Griffin, Jr., Esq., a member of the American Diabetes Association's (ADA) Board of Directors, issued the following statement regarding a hearing held today, by the U.S. Senate's Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pension to determine the proper scope of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

July 9, 2008
American Diabetes Association Applauds U.S. Congress for Extending Special Diabetes Programs
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) applauds the U.S. Congress for voting in favor of extending the Special Diabetes Programs (SDP) for two more years.

July 7, 2008
Prevention Activities Could Increase Lifespan of U.S. Adults
Aggressive use of nationally recommended clinical prevention activities, such as smoking cessation programs, controlling pre-diabetes or lowering cholesterol, could increase life expectancy for U.S. adults by reducing cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to a joint report of three major national healthcare organizations.

June 26, 2008
Pop Star Nick Jonas Speaks Out About Diabetes
The Jonas Brothers are one of today's hottest bands, with one of the summer's most highly-anticipated tours, appearances on TV, and a new album coming out in August. But what most people don't realize is that while he's singing and playing on stage with his brothers, Nick Jonas, 15, is also wearing an insulin pump. The cover story of the July 2008 issue of Diabetes Forecast, the consumer magazine of the American Diabetes Association, shares the Jonas family's struggle with Nick's diagnosis of type 1 diabetes in November 2005, and will inspire all parents who are coping with their daughter's or son's diabetes.

June 25, 2008
American Diabetes Association Applauds U.S. House of Representatives for Protecting the Rights of Americans with Disabilities
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) applauds the U.S. House of Representatives today, for showing bipartisan support for landmark legislation to protect the rights of Americans with disabilities -- the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act. This legislation, introduced by House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD) and Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), is intended to restore the full promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and will require courts to determine whether a person has experienced discrimination "on the basis of disability," rather than the individual having to demonstrate that they fall within the scope of the law. The amendments to the Act harmonize with other civil rights laws.

June 8, 2008
Intense Blood Glucose Control Yields no Significant Effect on CVD Reduction in VA Diabetes Trial
A major long-term U.S. clinical trial to study whether intense control of blood glucose in type 2 diabetes would reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease found a reduction in cardiovascular events, but it was not statistically significant, according to a report presented here today at the American Diabetes Association's 68th Annual Scientific Sessions.

June 8, 2008
Silent Ischemia in Diabetes Not as Common nor Threatening as Thought
Results of a nearly five-year study of more than 1,100 older adults with type 2 diabetes -- a group that is at risk for heart attacks or sudden death -- may let them breathe a little easier, according to a report presented here today at the American Diabetes Association's 68th Annual Scientific Sessions.

June 7, 2008
Critical Diabetes Test - A1C - Proven to be Accurate Average Glucose
A mathematical relationship between the average glucose level over the preceding three months and levels of the A1C test, thus yielding translation of the A1C for reporting as estimated average glucose (eAG), was proven in an international study published online today in the August issue of Diabetes Care. A1C has been used for more than 25 years as the major measure of glucose control and to establish targets for diabetes therapy.

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