2009 Press Releases

August 3, 2009
American Diabetes Association Introduces New Tool Kit To Help Providers Talk To Their Patients About Estimated Average Glucose
For years, the A1C blood test has given diabetes patients and health care providers an invaluable tool for measuring diabetes control and guiding treatment decisions. However, another value, called estimated Average Glucose (eAG), may start to show up on lab reports and provide health care providers with an easier way to talk with their patients about blood glucose control.

July 30, 2009
American Diabetes Association Launches My Health Advisor - Online Calculator that Shows Risk for Diabetes, Heart Disease and Stroke
With an estimated 57 million Americans with pre-diabetes, the American Diabetes Association today launches My Health Advisor, an online tool that helps people understand their personal risk for developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. My Health Advisor is available at CheckUpAmerica.org/MHA.

July 28, 2009
Delays in Treating Hyperglycemia Affected by Income Level
People with diabetes who live in less affluent neighborhoods are more likely to experience delays in treatment for hyperglycemia, according to a study published in the August issue of Diabetes Care. However, the researchers found, neighborhood income was only one factor in determining how quickly appropriate care was received.

July 27, 2009
Follow-Up Study Further Reinforces The Long-Term Benefits Of Tight Glucose Control In Early Treatment Of Diabetes
A study published in today's issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine provides further reinforcement that tight control of blood glucose as soon as possible after a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes yields long-term benefits with regard to lowering the rates of eye, kidney and heart complications associated with diabetes. These findings stem from the landmark Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (DCCT) and its follow-up study, the Epidemiology of Diabetes Interventions and Complications (EDIC), both funded by the National Institutes of Health.

July 20, 2009
Larry King Talks about his Diabetes for the First Time "Diabetes was just a word to me"
Broadcasting legend Larry King turns the tables to talk about himself in his new autobiography, My Remarkable Journey, but doesn't mention the chronic disease he's lived with for nearly fifteen years: type 2 diabetes. In an interview with Diabetes Forecast, the consumer magazine of the American Diabetes Association, King discusses his diabetes publicly for the first time, and explains how his health, lifestyle, and personality influence one another.

July 10, 2009
American Diabetes Association Presents First Annual "Voices For Change" Awards
The American Diabetes Association, the nation's leading voluntary health organization in the fight against diabetes, announced that several leading Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) grantees were presented with the Voices For Change Award in recognition of their effective diabetes prevention and treatment services in American Indian and Alaskan Native communities. The awards were presented yesterday at a special ceremony at the Indian Health Services (IHS) Summit taking place in Denver, Colorado.

July 1, 2009
American Diabetes Association Names David M. Kendall, MD, As Organization’s New Chief Scientific and Medical Officer
The American Diabetes Association announced today that David M. Kendall, MD, has been named Chief Scientific and Medical Officer for the American Diabetes Association, effective September 21, 2009. Dr. Kendall is currently Medical Director and Chief of Clinical and Professional Services at the International Diabetes Center in Minneapolis, MN, and succeeds Richard A. Kahn, PhD, who retired from the Association on June 30, 2009.

June 29, 2009
Hypoglycemia Increases Mortality Risk, Lengthens Hospital Stay for Diabetes Patients — Even Outside the ICU
Diabetes patients who are hospitalized for non-critical illnesses, and develop hypoglycemia while hospitalized, are likely to remain hospitalized longer and face greater risk of mortality both during and after hospitalization, according to a study published in the July issue of Diabetes Care.

June 26, 2009
Statement from the American Diabetes Association Related to Studies Published in 'Diabetologia'
Diabetologia, the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD), published a series of research papers today examining a possible link between insulin glargine (brand name, Lantus) and cancer. Findings from these research papers are conflicting and inconclusive, and the American Diabetes Association cautions against over-reaction until more information is available.

June 25, 2009
Major League Diabetes
It may have been the biggest curveball of Seattle Mariners pitcher Brandon Morrow’s life: type 1 diabetes. Diabetes Forecast, the consumer magazine of the American Diabetes Association, features an interview with the bazooka-armed athlete in the July 2009 issue. Morrow shares insights on being a professional athlete while managing a chronic disease, his decision to stay in the bullpen, his supportive teammates and his unique and unexpected opportunity to mentor fellow Mariners reliever Mark Lowe, who also has diabetes.

June 9, 2009
American Diabetes Association Awards Leaders in the Field
The American Diabetes Association, the nation's leading voluntary health organization in the fight against diabetes, announced today that several leading researchers, clinicians, and educators in the diabetes field were presented with awards at the organization's 69th Scientific Sessions, which ends today.

June 9, 2009
R. Paul Robertson, MD, Receives American Diabetes Association's Banting Medal for Service
The American Diabetes Association, the nation's leading voluntary health organization in the fight against diabetes, announced today that R. Paul Robertson, MD, has received the Association's prestigious Banting Medal for Service. The medal was presented at the Association's 69th Scientific Sessions, which ends today.

June 9, 2009
Low Blood Glucose Levels Do Not Explain Excess Deaths in ACCORD Trial
Low blood glucose levels do not explain the excess deaths seen in the intensive control group of the Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes (ACCORD) trial, according to a report presented here today at the American Diabetes Association’s 69th Scientific Sessions.

June 9, 2009
Factors Affecting Benefit/Harm Of Intensive Glucose Control in Type 2 Diabetes Reported
Factors affecting whether intensive glucose control is likely to reduce or increase the risk of cardiovascular events, including death, based on evidence in the VA Diabetes Trial, were reported in a symposium here today at the American Diabetes Association’s 69th Scientific Sessions.

June 9, 2009
Susan McLaughlin, BS, RD, CDE, CPT, Receives American Diabetes Association's Rachmiel Levine Medal for Service
he American Diabetes Association, the nation's leading voluntary health organization in the fight against diabetes, announced today that Susan McLaughlin, BS, RD, CDE, CPT, has received the Association's prestigious Rachmiel Levine Medal for Service. The medal was presented at the Association's 69th Scientific Sessions, which ends today.

June 7, 2009
Prompt Bypass Surgery Or Angioplasty Does Not Lower Mortality Risk Compared To Drug Therapy In People With Type 2 Diabetes And Stable Heart Disease
The long-awaited results of the Bypass Angioplasty Revascularization Investigation in Type 2 Diabetes (BARI 2D) study, a multicenter trial led by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, were reported at a symposium here today at the American Diabetes Association's 69th Scientific Sessions.

June 6, 2009
Genes Play A Role In Glycemic Control In People With Type 1 Diabetes
Researchers have proven that glycemic control in type 1 diabetes is not fully dependent on the individual's behavior, but is in part subject to genetic influence, according to a presentation here today at the American Diabetes Association's 69th Scientific Sessions.

June 5, 2009
International Expert Committee Recommends New Way To Diagnose Diabetes
An international expert committee assembled by the American Diabetes Association (ADA), International Diabetes Federation (IDF), and European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) is recommending the A1C assay as the new test for the diagnosis of diabetes. The recommendations from the Committee, which have not yet been officially endorsed by the three diabetes organizations, were reported at a symposium here today at the American Diabetes Association's 69th Scientific Sessions.

June 5, 2009
Overall Cardiovascular Safety Of Rosiglitazone Confirmed In 5½-Year Study
Results of the long-awaited Rosiglitazone Evaluated for Cardiac Outcomes and Regulation of Glycaemia in Diabetes (RECORD) study were presented here today in a symposium at the American Diabetes Association's 69th Scientific Sessions. The results are being simultaneously published online in The Lancet.

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

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