Diabetes Issues Today

Date: 9 AM - 5 PM EDT, Tuesday, September 27th 2011
Location: 800 I (“Eye”) Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

Diabetes is the 7th largest killer of people in the U.S., affecting 25.8 million Americans and costing an estimated $174 billion. Minimal press attention is given to this subject, though its impact is growing in the U.S. and in global communities. On Tuesday, September 27, journalists joined NPF and the American Public Health Association to learn more about the issues surrounding this silent and increasing health problem, from medical explanations, to personal choices, to policy considerations. This informative, one-day program was free to attend.

Speakers included:
Sue Kirkman, MD
,
Acting Chief Scientific and Medical Officer, American Diabetes Association
Myrlene Staten, MD, Senior advisor for Diabetes translational research, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases of the NIH
Ann Albright, PhD, RD, Director, Division of Diabetes Translation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The growing impact of diabetes on the U.S. and global communities is not matched by the press attention given to this silent and increasing health problem. In the last four years the number of people with any type of diabetes has increased nearly 10 percent. The problem is of particular concern in the Hispanic American and African American populations. Medical expenses for people with diabetes are twice as high as for non-diabetics. Diabetes is factor in heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease, amputations, dental disease and pregnancy, among others. A projected one out of three U.S. children will develop diabetes in their lifetime. 

Yet press attention to the subject is minimal. But diabetes will increasingly be in the news. First Lady Michelle Obama often mentions diabetes in her effort to reduce children’s weight, risks of obesity and diabetes, and campaigns for healthier school lunches. Payments for treatment and new and established drugs will be a part of the continuing debate on funding or rationing healthcare for citizens.

This program is underwritten by Novo Nordisk and the NPF Programs Fund.

Resources

  • Diabetes Issues: A Stand Alone Guide for Journalists [download]
  • Social and Policy Solutions to Prevent and Manage Diabetes [download]
    Ann Albright, PhD, RD [read bio]
    Director, Division of Diabetes Translation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • The Diabetes Problem: What the New Statistics Tell Us and Implications for the Future [download]
    Ann Albright, PhD, RD [read bio]
    Director, Division of Diabetes Translation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Who is Affected, and How Bad is it? [download]
    Ann Albright, PhD, RD [read bio]
    Director, Division of Diabetes Translation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Diabetes Advocacy and Legislation [download]
    Shereen Arent [read bio]
    Executive Vice President, Government Affairs & Advocacy, American Diabetes Association
  • Diabetes Advocacy and Legislation [download]
    Shereen Arent [read bio]
    Executive Vice President, Government Affairs & Advocacy, American Diabetes Association
  • Diabetes 101 [download]
    M. Sue Kirkman‚ M.D. [read bio]
    Senior Vice President, Medical Affairs and Community Information, and Acting Chief Scientific & Medical Officer
  • What is Diabetes? [download]
    M. Sue Kirkman‚ M.D. [read bio]
    Senior Vice President, Medical Affairs and Community Information, and Acting Chief Scientific & Medical Officer
  • Diabetes: Latest Research Toward Treatment and Cure [download]
    Dr. Myrlene Staten [read bio]
    Senior Advisor, Diabetes Translational Research at National Institutes of Health
  • Latest Research Toward Treatment and Cure [download]
    Dr. Myrlene Staten [read bio]
    Senior Advisor, Diabetes Translational Research at National Institutes of Health
  • Nutrition and Obesity Policy [download]
    Dr. Margo Wootan [read bio]
    Director of Nutrition Policy at the Center for Science in the Public Interest
  • Panel 1: Living With Diabetes (Levinson, Mendel, Lebovich) [download]
  • Panel 2: Social Solutions (Albright, Wootan, Stephenson) [download]
    Ann Albright, PhD, RD [read bio]
    Director, Division of Diabetes Translation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Dr. Margo Wootan [read bio]
    Director of Nutrition Policy at the Center for Science in the Public Interest

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