2009 Press Releases

June 1, 2009
NEW ANALYSES FROM ACCORD AND VADT: WHAT’S THE REST OF THE STORY WHEN IT COMES TO TIGHT BLOOD GLUCOSE CONTROL?
WHAT: American Diabetes Association's 69th Scientific Sessions Press Briefing Teleconferences

May 30, 2009
Insulin Resistance Begins in Utero for Babies of Obese Moms
Before they are even born, babies of obese mothers begin to develop insulin resistance, according to a study in the June issue of Diabetes Care.

May 29, 2009
Adventures in the Kitchen Diabetes Forecast Helps You Explore an Array of Culinary Possibilities
Stuck in a food rut? Diabetes Forecast, the monthly consumer magazine of the American Diabetes Association, provides fresh ideas and tips this June to spice up (or cool down) your meals – without getting in the way of your diabetes management. The June issue features an array of new recipes and smart ideas, from uncommon seasonings to innovative techniques, which will inspire you to get out of that food rut to explore new culinary delights.

May 26, 2009
The American Diabetes Association Applauds President Obama's Nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court
President Obama's nomination of Federal Appeals Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court of the United States affirms that people with diabetes should not be discriminated against and each person with diabetes should be judged based on his or her merits, not on stereotypes or misinformation about diabetes.

May 21, 2009
D.C. Federal Court Rules People with Diabetes Cannot be Denied Employment Based on Disease Management
Yesterday, a jury in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia found that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) discriminated against Jeff Kapche when it refused to hire him as a Special Agent because of his diabetes.

May 13, 2009
Get Your Bike and Take the Ride of Your Life
The American Diabetes Association is challenging riders to take part in the annual Tour de Cure, a cycling event to raise funds to help fight diabetes. More than 40,000 cyclists will be participating in the Tour de Cure at sites throughout the country. All funds raised at the Tour de Cure events will go to support the Association's mission -- to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

May 8, 2009
Diabetes Experts Issue New Recommendations for Inpatient Glycemic Control – Call for Systemic Changes in Hospitals Nationwide
New recommendations released today by a consensus group of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) are calling for major changes in the way health care professionals treat hospitalized patients with high blood glucose (sugar) levels. The authors recommend revised glucose targets of 140-180 mg/dL in the ICU setting, and between 100-180 mg/dL for most patients admitted to general medical-surgical wards.

April 28, 2009
Depression a Major Predictor of Sexual Dysfunction in Women with Type 1 Diabetes
A study in the April issue of Diabetes Care found "modestly high" rates of several types of sexual dysfunction in women with type 1 diabetes, with a strong association between sexual difficulties and depression.

April 21, 2009
American Diabetes Association Applauds U.S. Lawmakers for Fighting Diabetes in Minority Communities
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) applauds Representatives Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Michael Castle (R-DE) and Senators Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) for introducing the Eliminating Disparities in Diabetes Prevention Access and Care Act of 2009 (EDDPAC) today. This legislation urges Congress to support improvements in diabetes research, treatment and education for minority populations as well as to address the unique challenges faced by these populations in fighting diabetes.

April 21, 2009
It’s a Bird. It’s a Plane. It’s a Sweet Potato?
Shown to lower blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose, and risks for life-threatening chronic diseases. No, this isn't a miracle elixir that you find on late night television. These are things you can find right in your grocery store: diabetes superfoods.

April 8, 2009
American Diabetes Association Salutes People Who Answer Call to Serve
Thousands of volunteers have answered the call to serve by fighting the greatest public health crisis of the next quarter century – diabetes. In recognition of National Volunteer Appreciation Week (April 19-25, 2009), the American Diabetes Association wants to recognize the countless hours its volunteers commit to the fight against diabetes.

April 2, 2009
The American Diabetes Association Is Encouraged by Passage of the U.S. House of Representatives FY10 Budget Resolution
The American Diabetes Association is encouraged that the U.S. House of Representatives passed its Fiscal Year 2010 budget resolution. The 2010 budget resolution incorporates key priorities of President Obama's budget that will enable Congress to move forward on providing funding of diabetes research and prevention at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as health care reform to address the related goals of reducing costs, improving quality, and expanding coverage.

March 26, 2009
Coalition of Health and Consumer Advocates Issue New Joint Statement on Delivery System Health Reform and Chronic Care
Today the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association, and Consumers Union issued a statement supporting health care reform that not only expands coverage, but fundamentally changes the way health care is delivered in this country. U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), and Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) were featured speakers. In addition, Dr. Timothy Gardner, President, American Heart Association; Gina Gavlak, RN, BSN, American Diabetes Association; Jim Guest, President/CEO, Consumers Union; and Dan Smith, President, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, also spoke. At the event, Consumers Union released new polling data, http://www.consumersunion.org/pdf/medical-error-poll-309.pdf (69 KB PDF), about the challenges Americans face with our health care delivery system.

March 24, 2009
Joint Statement from ADA and AACE on the NICE-SUGAR Study on Intensive Versus Conventional Glucose Control In Critically Ill Patients
A study published online today in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that intensive blood glucose (sugar) control for critical care patients with hyperglycemia (high blood glucose) does not improve outcomes and is associated with an increase in deaths.

March 24, 2009
Even in this Economy, Americans Fear Chronic Illnesses More than Debt, Divorce or Job Loss
As the American Diabetes Association holds its 21st annual American Diabetes Alert® Day today, survey results reveal that while more Americans fear developing a chronic illness more than amassing considerable debt, losing a job or leaving a loved one, they are doing very little to curb their risk for diabetes. A study commissioned by the American Diabetes Association, Is That Risky, and conducted by Harris Interactive, surveyed more than 2,500 American adults ages 18 and older to gauge their attitudes and actions concerning risky behaviors.

March 24, 2009
Could You be at Risk? American Diabetes Association "Sounds the Alert" on March 25th - ADA's 20th Annual American Diabetes Alert Day
Could you have diabetes? One in five Americans have a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, or may even already have diabetes. Because people can live for years without knowing they have diabetes, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is issuing an urgent call-to-action for Americans to learn their risk for type 2 diabetes during the 20th Annual American Diabetes Alert Day. Awareness about diabetes can lead to early detection and treatment, which may help prevent type 2 diabetes or devastating complications associated with diabetes such as heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease, and amputation.

March 17, 2009
Diabetes Forecast Gets Back to the Basics
Medication, diet, glucose meters, insulin, insurance, emotions – there is a lot to learn when you are first diagnosed with diabetes. Even diabetes veterans have trouble keeping track of it all, which is why Diabetes Forecast, the consumer magazine from the American Diabetes Association, is going "Back to Basics" in its April 2009 issue. Whether you are newly diagnosed with diabetes or have been living with the disease for decades, these articles will provide an excellent refresher for your ongoing diabetes education.

March 9, 2009
Statement from the American Diabetes Association on President Obama's Executive Order Regarding Stem Cell Research
The American Diabetes Association applauds President Obama for issuing an Executive Order that will advance stem cell research by lifting existing restrictions on the use of embryonic stem cells, while maintaining strict ethical guidelines.

March 5, 2009
American Diabetes Association Statement on the White House Health Reform Summit
The American Diabetes Association is honored to participate in today’s White House Health Reform Summit. The purpose of the Summit is to begin to identify ways to address reforming the health system. The Association was invited along with Members of Congress, Administration officials, and other patient advocacy, provider, consumer and insurance organizations.

February 26, 2009
Post-Prandial v. Fasting Glucose: An End to the Debate?
Researchers and physicians have long debated whether it's more important to strive to control fasting blood glucose levels or the spikes in glucose that occur after eating (post-prandial levels). Now a study, published in the March issue of Diabetes Care, shows there is no significant benefit to choosing one over the other in trying to prevent the progression of cardiovascular disease.

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