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Promoting Early Diagnosis and Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes:  The National Diabetes Education Program

Charles M. Clark, MD; Judith E. Fradkin, MD; Roland G. Hiss, MD; Rodney A. Lorenz, MD; Frank Vinicor, MD, MPH; Elizabeth Warren-Boulton, RN, MSN
JAMA. 2000;284(3):363-365. doi:10.1001/jama.284.3.363.
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Diabetes mellitus exacts an enormous toll in the United States by decreasing quality of life and causing death and disability, all at a huge economic cost. Yet simple diagnostic criteria and effective treatment choices that prevent or delay the onset of costly diabetes complications are readily available to health care professionals. It is time for health care professionals and patients with diabetes to take action together to reduce premature morbidity and mortality from diabetes-caused disease. The National Diabetes Education Program is the first joint diabetes initiative of the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and involves public and private partnerships to promote early diagnosis and improve the treatment and outcomes for patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus.

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