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Demand diabetes prevention and self-care education to end NY's terrible diabetes epidemic

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Community groups are launching the Diabetes Epidemic Must Stop! Initiative, to demand that New York State declare the diabetes epidemic a public health emergency and properly invest in effective prevention and self-care education.

Over 2 million New Yorkers already have Type 2 diabetes and 5.4 million people—36% of the adult population—are pre-diabetic. In the next three years, it is likely that 1 in 4 people in New York State will be affected by diabetes and its complications including blindness, kidney failure, heart disease, stroke and amputation.

Targeted, evidence-based diabetes prevention education—the National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is well-proven to slash the risk by 60% that people with pre-diabetes develop the disease. The DPP is endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Medical Association (AMA), the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and many other health and medical societies. It has been piloted and implemented and proven effective in New York communities. Yet New York State does not currently put one dollar of state budget funds into the DPP

Additionally, NYS must address the staggering rate of avoidable diabetes complications—including blindness, kidney failure and lower extremity amputations—by assuring that people newly diagnosed with diabetes have access to effective diabetes self-care education.

Well-proven education reduces healthcare costs. Diabetes costs an estimated $21.6 billion in New York each year. People with diabetes have medical expenses approximately 2.3 times higher than those who do not have diabetes. A recent federal demonstration, which enrolled 5,600 pre-diabetics in the DPP, saved an average of $2,650 in health costs per participants over 15 months.

We are calling for NYS to invest in the diabetes prevention and self-care education for the 48% of adult New Yorkers with pre-diabetes or diabetes to reduce medical costs, unnecessary disability and deaths.

The Diabetes Epidemic Must Stop!



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