2008 Press Releases

February 6, 2008
Statement from the American Diabetes Association related to the ACCORD trial Announcement
In response to today’s announcement by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, which sponsors the ACCORD (Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes) Trial to stop the intensive blood glucose (sugar) control sub-study in ACCORD due to safety concerns, the American Diabetes Association strongly encourages people with diabetes not to alter their course of treatment without first consulting with their health care team. The American Diabetes Association continues to encourage good control of blood glucose for the management of diabetes and its complications.

February 4, 2008
Statement of the American Diabetes Association on the Administration's Proposal to Undermine Funds for Research, Prevention and Treatment in FY09
The President, Medicine & Science, American Diabetes Association, John B. Buse, MD, PhD, issued the following statement in response to the Bush Administration’s proposed Fiscal Year 2009 budget, announced today, which would continue to under-fund diabetes research and prevention at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Under the Administration’s budget proposal, funding for the National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) would only be funded at $2.6 million more than the previous fiscal year, only a .15 percent increase.

January 23, 2008
Devastating Toll of Diabetes Reaches $174 Billion
Diabetes is costing Americans $174 billion annually, a figure that has increased by 32 percent since 2002, according to a study commissioned by the American Diabetes Association.

January 18, 2008
American Diabetes Association, Members of the Congressional Diabetes Caucus to Hold Briefing on Devastating Toll of Diabetes
The American Diabetes Association (ADA), members of the Congressional Diabetes Caucus and diabetes experts, will host a congressional briefing, Wednesday, January 23 at 1 p.m. in 2218 Rayburn House Office Building to discuss the annual diabetes cost estimates for 2007, which were compiled in a study by the Lewin Group on behalf of the ADA. During this briefing, speakers will release staggering new figures about the direct and indirect costs of the disease, and reveal the devastating expense incurred by Americans.

January 15, 2008
"I'm a happier person than I was before"
Actress Elizabeth Perkins has come a long way in the few years since she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 44. “I’m actually a happier person than I was before I was diagnosed,” she tells the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) consumer magazine, Diabetes Forecast, in the February 2008 issue.

January 8, 2008
Help! I'm Sick. How do I handle my diabetes?
Runny nose. Upset stomach. Whatever illness it is, it can make you feel miserable. It is hard enough to be under the weather but it is even more difficult to handle being sick if you have diabetes.

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