2008 Press Releases

June 6, 2008
Previously Unrecognized Harm of Intensified Glucose Lowering Reported in High Risk Patients With Type 2 Diabetes
For the first time a previously unrecognized harm due to a strategy of intensified glucose lowering in high risk patients with type 2 diabetes has been identified, according to a report here today at the American Diabetes Association's 68th Scientific Sessions.

June 6, 2008
Periodontitis Associated with Developments of Type 2 Diabetes and its Complications - Oral Disease Treatment can Help Control High Glycemic Levels
Critical links between periodontal (gum) disease and the development of type 2 diabetes, as well as the development and progression of its complications, were reported here today in the first ever symposium presented by dentists to diabetes experts at the American Diabetes Association's Annual Scientific Sessions at its 68th such event.

June 6, 2008
The world's largest diabetes trial has shown intensive blood glucose control in type 2 diabetes reduces the risk of complications -- notably a 21% reduction in risk for kidney disease. The study also showed no evidence of any increased risk of death when blood glucose was intensively controlled, according to reports presented here today at the American Diabetes Association's 68th Scientific Sessions.

May 29, 2008
Does Tight Blood Glucose Control Prevent Heart Disease?, What will Estimated Average Glucose mean to Patients with Diabetes?
American Diabetes Association’s 68th Annual Scientific Sessions, June 6-10, 2008. Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA

May 6, 2008
American Diabetes Association Applauds U.S. Senators for Fighting Diabetes in Minority Communities
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) applauds Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Senator Johnny Isakson, (R-GA) for introducing the Diabetes Prevention Access and Care Act of 2008 (DPAC) today. This legislation urges Congress to support improvements in diabetes care, prevention, treatment and education for minority populations. The Diabetes Prevention Access and Care Act of 2007, is the companion bill in the House of Representatives, which was introduced by Representative Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Representative Mike Castle (R-DE). Both versions seek to improve care, prevention, treatment, and education about diabetes within minority communities, and to address the unique challenges faced by these populations in fighting diabetes.

April 30, 2008
Continued Funding to Help Advance “Exciting Moment” in Diabetes Research
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April 28, 2008
Drug Combo Could Lower Diabetes Complications and Costs
A highly detailed mathematical simulation model can help people with undiagnosed diabetes identify whether they likely have the disease and can predict ways for dramatically reducing the costs and complications associated with this now epidemic illness, according to studies being published April 28 in the May issue of Diabetes Care.

April 28, 2008
For Mother's Day, The Gift of Health
With the prevalence of diabetes rapidly increasing, an alarming number of pregnancies are also becoming affected, leading to increased health risks for both the mothers and their unborn children. The seriousness of this problem is brought home by a new study being published in the May issue of the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) Diabetes Care, which shows a doubling of the number of pregnant women with diabetes over a seven-year period.

April 28, 2008
Hundreds of Diabetes Advocates Come to Washington to Urge Increased Federal Funding for Diabetes Research and Prevention
More than 200 volunteer advocates from the American Diabetes Association (ADA) will meet with their members of Congress this week, and urge them to support increased federal funding for diabetes prevention and research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The advocates will also urge Congress to pass legislation to protect people with diabetes from discrimination and to re-authorize Special Diabetes programs. Advocates from all around the country are coming to Washington for the ADA’s biennial Call to Congress event, as it is the Association’s premier advocacy effort. This year’s Call to Congress is being held April 30 – May 2.

April 24, 2008
American Diabetes Association Announces Multi-Year Collaboration With Colgate-Palmolive
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) today announced that Colgate-Palmolive Company (Colgate) has signed on to become a National Strategic Partner of the American Diabetes Association. As a National Strategic Partner (NSP), Colgate will support ADA’s oral care activities which will seek to further the understanding of the connection between oral health and diabetes, and educate health care professionals, patients, and the public about the importance of good oral care for people with diabetes – as well as those at risk for developing diabetes.

April 22, 2008
Unwilling to Sit on the Sidelines
Unwilling to sit on the sidelines, thousands of people around the country are standing up to the greatest public health crisis of the next quarter century. In recognition of National Volunteer Appreciation Week (April 27-May 3, 2008), the American Diabetes Association (ADA) wants to recognize the countless hours its volunteers commit to the fight against diabetes.

April 17, 2008
Around the World with Diabetes
Leighton Rockafellow, a 26-year-old from Tucson, is backpacking around South America, Asia, and Europe this year. He’s traveling with his fiancée – but also with type 1 diabetes. How does he do it? The May 2008 issue of Diabetes Forecast, the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) consumer magazine, features a step-by-step guide to the tricky business of traveling with diabetes, with advice from Rockafellow and a slew of medical experts about what to pack, how to eat, and what to do in an emergency.

April 17, 2008
Diabetes Cookbook -- Best in the World?
How can a diabetes cookbook win Best in the World, when the old stereotype for a “diabetic meal” is bland and flavorless? The American Diabetes Association’s The All-Natural Diabetes Cookbook: The Whole Food approach to Great Taste and Healthy Eating, by Jackie Newgent, broke through all the stereotypes this week when it won the 2007 Gourmand Best Health and Nutrition Book in the World Award in London, England. Created to increase knowledge of and respect for food and wine culture, the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards reward those who “cook with words” and help readers find the best out of the 26,000 food and wine books produced every year.

April 17, 2008
American Diabetes Association Announces New National Strategic Partner - VSP®Vision Care
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) today announced that VSP® Vision Care has signed on to become a three year National Strategic Partner.

April 17, 2008
What You Don't Know Could Hurt You
Pop quiz – which has more calories – a tuna salad sandwich or a roast beef with mustard? You might be surprised to learn the tuna fish salad normally has at least twice the number of calories. But what does this mean for your daily diet? And how many calories a day are you supposed to eat anyway?

April 16, 2008
Statement of the American Diabetes Association Supporting Federal Court's Ruling on New York City Proposal
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) applauds today’s federal court ruling upholding a New York City regulation that requires chain restaurants to provide the calorie content of foods on their menus and menu boards. This ruling came in response to a challenge to the regulation filed by the New York State Restaurant Association. The ADA appeared as an amicus curiae along with other public interest organizations and professors supporting the regulation.

March 31, 2008
Is Your Pantry Suffering from Sticker Shock?
Prices for food staples such as wheat, eggs, milk and rice have increased substantially in the last year, leaving many to wonder how to affordably plan their next shopping trip. If you or a loved one has diabetes, you know the importance of stocking a well-balanced pantry and eating healthy foods to maintain good diabetes control. So how do you plan healthy menus for you and your family without breaking the bank?

March 27, 2008
Reduced Lung Capacity Accelerates with Diabetes
People who have diabetes encounter a faster loss of lung capacity than those who do not have diabetes, a finding that may have implications for the potential use of inhaled insulin, according to a study appearing in the April issue of Diabetes Care.

March 14, 2008
Getting Your Diabetes Toolkit in Order
Can you list all of the medical professionals who should be on a diabetes health care team? When was the last time you and a friend or family member discussed ways to recognize symptoms of low glucose levels? Whether you can expertly recite the distinction between hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia, or you’ve just started using a glucose meter, Diabetes Forecast’s April issue will enhance your ongoing diabetes education. This special issue of the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) consumer magazine features simple articles to refresh your knowledge of a variety of diabetes-related topics.

February 13, 2008
Statement from the American Diabetes Association related to the ADVANCE Study Announcement
Investigators in the ADVANCE Study, an international study involving 11,140 high-risk patients with type 2 diabetes, announced today that their study provides no evidence of an increased risk of death among those patients receiving intensive treatment to lower blood glucose (sugar). These findings contrast with those reported last week by the U.S. National Heart Lung and Blood Institute suggesting that intensive glucose lowering treatment levels had increased the death rate compared to standard glucose lowering in patients with type 2 diabetes recruited to the ACCORD trial.

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